Date(s) - 07/03/2021
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Shiraz Republic
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Experience all the fun of picking and crushing grapes into wine, without committing to the full cycle of winemaking. We’ve stepped it up a notch this year to make March a genuine Festival of Winemaking. Starting on the Labour day long weekend, we’ll be throwing a series of Stomping Parties which pair the fun of making wine with great food and live music!
Arrive for a 12pm kick-off which will start with a walk in the vineyard to pick grapes for approximately an hour. Along the way you’ll learn how we turn good grapes into great wine. Once we’ve picked enough grapes we’ll return to the cellar door for a quick break before heading across to the winery where the stomping will begin.
At the winery, we load the grapes into our crusher-destemmer machine to split the berries open and remove the stems. we then end up with a slurry of grape skins and juice in the bottom of our fermenter. Once we’ve processed all the fruit, it’s time to take off the shoes and jump in for the traditional foot stomping and kick start the process of turning fruit into wine.
The winemaking experience will round up at around 2.30pm for questions and we’ll then head back to the cellar door where you can enjoy a refreshing (and hard-earned) wine or beer along with a pizza and great lie music.
Each stage of the Stomping Party is designed to be long enough for you to experience all of the fun of wine making wine without the boring bits! It will be a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of good tunes, fun times and community spirit.
A $75 day pass gets you access to our Stomping Party and a bottle of our 2018 Shiraz (valued at $25) to take home and enjoy as you reflect on your day of winemaking.
Customers who have purchased the Shareholder Package ($350) will automatically receive 2 x passes to the Stomping Party. The Stomping Party is one of the four winemaking workshops included in this package (Stomping, Pressing, Barrel Tasting & Bottling).
If you’re interested in making more wine or making a personal batch of Shiraz, check out our Demijohn, Double Demijohn or Barrique Rent-A-Row packages and make your own Heathcote Shiraz.
Rent-A-Row is The Shiraz Republic’s on-farm winemaking experience where you get to experience the fun of the vineyard, without the hard work.
Please note the Pressing Matters workshops will begin in late March and will be the second stage of winemaking where we process the fermenting must (a mixture of skins and juice) through a basket press to separate the skins and seeds and collect all the wine into our tank ready for maturation. More details to follow – keep an eye on our website and Facebook for info.