• Stomp the Stomp at the 2020 Italian Fest Grape Stomping Contest

    grape stomp contest Collinsville IL

    Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:30am, following Opening Ceremonies.

    For centuries grapes were picked by hand and grape stomping was the method used to extract juice from the grapes which were then used to make wine.

  • It is believed that grape stomping goes back as far as Rome in 200 BC. For centuries grapes were picked by hand and grape stomping was the method used to extract juice from the grapes which were then used to make wine. This was done in every country that made wine.

    Eventually, concern for public health outweighed the grape stomping tradition. In most countries, grape stomping has been replaced with mechanical processing. Italy is one of the few countries where grape stomping still takes place.

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