I had the chance to visit one of my states historical sites over the weekend for the 2018 Kirkwood Winery Gape Stompin' Festival. After watching the I Love Lucy show (Season 5, Episode 23, aired on April 16, 1956) where Lucy had to stomp grapes but ended up fighting an Italian women in the grape bucket, it has always been a bucket list item to try. This Festival was the perfect time to kick off my shoes and get to stomping!
Kirwood Winery is named for being the very first vineyard in the region. It all began in the spring of 1984, when the first vineyard was planted by Rodney Facemire and his two sons. Kirwood now spreads over six acres, produce 40 tons of grapes and 4,000 gallons of wine yearly.
The winery opened it's doors in 1992 and started hosting this yearly Grape Stompin' Festival. With 30 different wines to taste (or whiskey if you prefer), live music, good food, covered wagon rides, distillery tour and much more, it was a fun filled day for everyone!
So if you find yourself in Summersville, West Virginia on the third weekend in September, swing by and get to stomping some grapes while sampling some really tasty wine!
On a side note, I highly recommend the Spiced Apple and Cherry.