Catch the Crush harvest celebration

Wine festivals are an integral part of the winemaking tradition. They mark the celebration of the culmination of months of hard work in the vineyard, with the anticipation of a healthy and plentiful harvest.

For winemakers, the hard work is just beginning. For visitors, it is a wonderful opportunity to participate in exuberant and fun activities showcasing music, food, education, grape stomping, and of course wine tasting. Certain wineries offer enthusiasts an opportunity to get into the heart and soul of winemaking with punch downs, pressing, and of course tasting fresh juice.

Wineries in the Yakima Valley celebrate harvest with a festival known as Catch the Crush slated for October 13 – 14.

Spend the day in Yakima and enjoy live music at Antolin Cellars, Kana Cellars, and Wilridge Winery. Gilbert Cellars will offer pre-arranged tours and tastings scheduled a minimum of 48-hours in advance.  Be sure to stop in at Southard Winery’s NEW tasting room at 811 W. Yakima Avenue.  Wilridge Winery will be stomping grapes, Treveri Cellars is offering an Oktoberfest menu while Owen Roe’s crew will be giving a sneak peek of harvest activities.

If Zillah is your preferred tasting zone, Covet Cellars will be asking you to name the grape, and Horizon’s Edge Winery will set you up to observe fermentation and harvest activities. Visitors at Maison de Padgett Winery will taste fermenting Gewürztraminer juice while Dineen Vineyards and Tanjuli Winery will offer specialty food along with wine tasting. Masset Winery is celebrating its new fall releases and Paradisos del Sol Winery is serving a micro-mini winemaker’s plate.

Be the winemaker for a day at Two Mountain Winery, or stomp grapes and join the purple feet club at VanArnam Vineyards.

On your way to Prosser, stop in and taste Cabernet fermentations at Cote Bonneville. If you are looking to roll up your sleeves and get to work, stop in at Fortuity Cellars and help with “punch-downs” and taste side-by-side; newly fermented wine with last year’s vintage. Yakima Valley Vintners will be offering educational tours of the crush pad where you can sample grapes and comparative wines.

While in Prosser, be the first to taste the seasonal release of 14 Hands wines or stop and enjoy local food trucks at Airfield Estates. Barrel Springs is featuring artisan cheese and Texas Style Barbeque while Thurston Wolfe is serving Chocolate Mousse with their red wines. Wit Cellars is offering specials on wine and glass pours.

If you want to start on the far east side of the Valley to experience Catch the Crush, Chandler Reach Vineyards will have live music, Terra Blanca Winery will feature cheeses, gourmet vinegars, olive oils, lunch specials and beer on tap.

Learn about the terroir at Kitzke Cellars, experience the transformation of a grape to an age-worthy wine at Hightower Cellars, check out the stages of harvest at Purple Star Winery and be entertained with crushing and pressing of late harvest sauvignon blanc at Sleeping Dog Wines. Taste a three-year vertical of Cabernet Franc at Tucannon Cellars and stomp grapes at Tapteil Vineyard Winery.

The most economical way to experience Catch the Crush is with the Premier Pass for just $35. For more information and to purchase your Pass, visit wineyakimavalley.org.

Premier Pass holders have the opportunity to indulge in exclusive events while also receiving discounts and special experiences all weekend long.

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