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Grape Harvest & Stomp Wine Barge Tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 13 reviews.Dundee, United States

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Experience hosted by Kathy

4.5 hours
Includes food, drinks, tickets, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This is a hands-on experience where guests will have the opportunity to learn the basics of winemaking from an experienced hobby winemaker beginning with the grapes in the vineyard and ending on the unique FLX Wine Barge.

Guests will be greeted by Kathy at Fulkerson Winery where she will lead them to an appropriate vineyard tract, explain about the variety of grapes to be harvested, provide gloves, grape harvesting forks and buckets and set each guest up to pick about 10 pounds of wine grapes each. Once harvesting is complete, the group will return to the winery and, while Kathy settles up for the grapes, guests will be free to do a wine tasting of Fulkerson’s wines with special attention to any wines that were made with the variety of grape just harvested.

Next, in their own vehicles, participants will follow Kathy to her place on nearby Lamoka Lake, where they will board the docked FLX Wine Barge to enjoy a boxed lunch. During this time, Kathy will provide an Introduction to Winemaking: From Grape to Glass. Participants will learn how to measure sugar content in grapes using a refractometer and understand how the sugar is converted to alcohol by yeast to make wine.

Next, guests will manually destem their grapes and then crush them in the traditional way. Once the grapes have been converted to “must,” we will share a celebratory toast in a Wine Barge souvenir glass.
This is a hands-on experience where guests will have the opportunity to learn the basics of winemaking from an experienced hobby winemaker beginning with the grapes in the vineyard and ending on the unique FLX Wine Barge.

Guests will be greeted by Kathy at Fulkerson Winery where she will lead them to an appropriate vineyard tract, explain about the variety of grapes to be harvested, provide gloves, grape harvesting forks and buckets an…

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What's included

  • Food
    Boxed lunch
  • Drinks
  • Tickets
    Tasting fee at Fulkerson’s Winery
  • Equipment
    Gloves, grape harvesting forks, buckets
    A Wine Barge souvenir glass wi...
From $75
/ person

Meet your host, Kathy

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 13 Reviews
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As a lifelong wine enthusiast, hobby winemaker, winemaking instructor/consultant, Finger Lakes winery tasting room associate and retired educator, teaching people about wine is what I love to do. I founded Vagabond Vintner to develop communities of wine lovers and wine makers. My approach to wine is educational without pretension and puts its enjoyment within reach for everyone. In addition to 10 years of practical experience making wine, I've also completed the Winemaking Certificate at Vermont Technical College. For me, a big part of wine appreciation is context so the unconventional settings for my workshops add to the excitement of learning about wine! From joining me to pick or stomp grapes, analyzing juice in a home wine lab or tasting wines aboard my wine barge, learning about wine with Vagabond Vintner is a unique experience.
As a lifelong wine enthusiast, hobby winemaker, winemaking instructor/consultant, Finger Lakes winery tasting room associate and retired educator, teaching people about wine is what I love to do. I founded Vagabond Vintner to develop communities of wine lovers and wine makers. My approach to wine is educational without pretension and puts its enjoyment within reach for everyone. In addition to 10 years of practical experience making wine, I've also completed the Winemaking Certificate at Vermont…
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Where you'll be

Led by our experienced winemaker, we will be picking grapes in one of Fulkerson Winery’s vineyards followed by a wine tasting in the winery. Next we will go to the unique FLX Wine Barge for lunch and instruction and tour Vagabond Vintner’s micro winery. There we will destem and stomp grapes before our celebratory toast.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 13 reviews.

Ethan
October 2020
Kathy was great. She went above and beyond to make our day lovely. The wine tastings were superb. The crushing of grapes devilishly fun. The lunch food was yummy. She was very sweet and welcoming. So knowledgeable. For sure a great value and highly recommend!!
Kathy was great. She went above and beyond to make our day lovely. The wine tastings were superb. The crushing of grapes devilishly fun. The lunch food was yummy. She was very swe…
Melissa
October 2020
Kathy's enthusiasm for wine making is contagious! Her knowledge, experience, and passion for her craft/hobby, coupled with her personalized customizations and hospitality, made this a true finger lakes adventure worth having!
Leanne
October 2020
Very nice experience. Kathy customized this experience to the topics that what WE wanted to learn about. I would do this experience again in a heartbeat and would recommend to all!!
Deanne
October 2020
so much fun!! Kathy is incredibly knowledgeable about wines and wine making, and I left with suggestions for new vineyards to explore around the region.
Allison
October 2020
Highly recommend this experience! A truly unique day learning all about wine starting at the vines themselves. Getting to pick and stomp the grapes was something I will never forget. Kathy was very personable and made us feel right at home. She explained everything in a way that anyone could understand. Kathy also helped my boyfriend and I begin our own wine making journey by letting us keep the grapes we picked/stomped and providing us with a wealth of beginning knowledge!
Highly recommend this experience! A truly unique day learning all about wine starting at the vines themselves. Getting to pick and stomp the grapes was something I will never forge…
Eddie
October 2020
A truly immersive experience where you get to learn hands-on how the wines we all know and love are produced. Kathy is a super knowledgeable host and creates an interactive, customized and enjoyable learning environment. I highly recommend this experience with wine enthusiasts and anyone looking to get more information on wine production and home wine making.
A truly immersive experience where you get to learn hands-on how the wines we all know and love are produced. Kathy is a super knowledgeable host and creates an interactive, custom…

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Government ID

    You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 6 guests ages 21 and up can attend.

    More tips

    This will be a hands-on activity, mostly outdoors. While not strenuous, there will be some walking and bending. Participants will be standing while they destem grapes but will be seated on the Wine Barge.

    What to bring

    We will be outside in the elements so hats, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. are recommended.

    Bees are commonly found around grapes so anyone with an allergy should be prepared with an epi pen.