The event will also coincide with the release party for the wine made from last year’s Grape Stomp. The wine is appropriately named Central Oregon Tootsie.
The profit made on the sale of last year’s and this years wine will go The Partnership to End Poverty a nonprofit association based in Central Oregon and is a nonprofit association aimed at helping lowerincome households become financially stable.
Doug Maragas, founder of Maragas Winery, stated: “this is a novel event for our area which is steeped in tradition both in the United States and Europe. It’s a great reminder of the importance of agriculture in our lives and a celebration, literally, of the fruit of this earth’s bounty.”
This is a family friendly event. Kids are welcome and get in free when accompanied by their parents.
Adult admission is $10. It includes wine tasting, and of course a stomp in the vat to crush the grapes. The first 200 guests will also receive a complimentary logo glass.
The event goes from 11am to 6pm. Entertainment during the event is by featured band Back from the Dead, a local 6 piece bluegrass band. This is an outdoor venue, so bring low‐back lawn chairs and blankets for the Winery Lawn to enjoy the music. There will also be food available from Guest Chef, Dave Nathan of Cafe 3456. The food will be made with local ingredients, including vegetables grown on Maragas’ own farm.
Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance online at www.maragaswinery.com, or at the gate the day of the event.
Maragas Winery was established in Bend in 1999 and moved 25 miles north, to 40 acres adjacent to Highway 97, eleven miles south of Culver, in 2006. Initially obtaining its grapes from vineyards in other areas of Oregon, California, and Washington, the winery is now growing its own estate fruit.
Maragas produced the first wine made entirely of Central Oregon grapes in 2009 which earned a silver medal in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
The complete line of Maragas Wines are available exclusively at Maragas Winery & Vineyard, on
Highway 97 between the Terrebonne High Bridge and the town of Culver, at the Maragas Winery Taverna in Bend on the corner of Colorado and Bond, and online at the winery’s website, www.maragaswinery.com.
Maragas Winery & Vineyard: 15523 S.W. Highway 97, Culver, OR; 541‐546‐5464. Open for tastings 11am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Maragas Winery Taverna, Bend: Colorado Avenue and Bond Street, Bend, OR; 541‐306‐6552. Open 12-7pm Tuesday to Thursday and 12-9pm Friday and Saturday.