Saturday October 8, 2011 / 9:15am (Great Grape Stomp Wine Party Tour)Take Me to the Vino
How was your experience?
My boyfriend and I decided to do the grape stomp. The bus was pleasantly decorated with fake hanging grapes - nice touch. I had read somewhere that bagels were served on the bus (it must've been for another tour) so we were pretty hungry by the time we arrived at the first winery. We watched a clip of I Love Lucy - the episode where she stomps on grapes - on our way up. It was really enjoyable. Brotherhood Winery was the first and it was great. Not much of any views but Ralph, our guide, was very knowledgeable. We learned many things we didn't know about wine. The wine tasting was a really good experience. Cheese, crackers and chocolate were served after and we were given an opportunity to buy bottles of wine. Tania provided us with 10% off coupons (each) for anything we purchased so we bought 3 different bottles there for a very good price. Cups of wine were also served at $5 each. Our next stop was Benmarl Winery. Here we were given lunch coupons which included a side and a drink. We were also given tickets for free wine tasting. The view was amazing and we were on our own for a few hours which was nice. My favorite part of this tour is that we weren't forced to stay with groups. Tania allowed us to do our own thing and just told us what time to be back at the bus. The grape stomping wasn't as big a deal as I thought it would be - I thought it would be a big part of the tour but there were just 2 buckets that you were able to get in for a little bit to stomp on much already stomped grapes but it was still an experience. The food served at Benmarl was really good and very low priced. They even served homemade ice cream and cookie ice cream sandwiches. We were given complimentary wine glasses at both wineries :-) After getting on the bus Tania served home made cannolis from the winery, chips and bottles of water. She also handed out raffle tickets for prizes. The ONLY thing that was pretty annoying was the karaoke on the bus. Of course, a few people got a bit buzzed off the wine, so there were more people willing to sing than at the beginning of the trip. It was loud and the bus is too much of a confined space to listen to people sing badly. But, other than that it was a great day and I hope to go on more of Tania's tours (Little Beer Bus etc.)