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Langley vineyard revisits old-fashioned grape stomping to celebrate the harvest

Still time for teams to sign up to be part of this weekend’s fun competition.
For the seventh year running, Township 7 hosts a charity Grape Stomp where teams dress up and fulfill that bucket list experience by literally jumping in a barrel of grapes and pounding away with their bare feet. (Special to the Langley Advance)

Imagine an era where all great wines were made by people literally crushing the grapes with their feet.

Thankfully, that’s no longer the method used for making wine at Township 7 Vineyard and Winery, said manager Jason Ocenas.

But the winery is still hosts a fun, two-day grape stomp this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29, from noon to 4 p.m.

“We don’t do it that way any more, but it’s a community event that’s a lot of fun. It’s a way of celebrating the end of the harvest, and it’s a way of giving back to an awesome charity,” Ocenas said, noting proceeds from the event go to Ronald McDonald House.

“Enjoy a bucket list experience with us on Halloween weekend,” Ocenas said.

This is the seventh year for the Grape Stomp, and he’s encouraging people to assemble teams.

“Gather your six- to eight-member team and get ready to kick off your shoes, roll up your pants and crush some grapes,” he added.

Prizes are awarded for the “top stomp” and the best costume.

There are three heats a day, with 15 teams already signed up to compete on Saturday, and 24 on the list for Sunday.

Teams of six to eight will participate in a friendly stomp competition. Registration is $30 per person and still possible at 604-532-1766 or email:

Stompers must be 19 years or older, and organizers note the two-day event goes on rain or shine.

The winery is located at 21152 16th Ave.

“It’s a good fundraiser, and it’s a lot of fun,” Ocenas said.

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