Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival 2018

Grape Stomp 2018 is Sep 22

Saturday, September 22, 2018 4 pm – 8 pm

Tickets are here

Please join us for our third annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival!  We will have a grape stomp competition, Wear Your Whites contest (bridal gowns and white suites,etc), and an I Love Lucy Look-a-Like judging.  The afternoon will be filled with entertainment and a hog roast from Cen-Tex Chefs Collaborative!  We expect this event to sell out…so don’t wait to buy your tickets, or you may end up squeaky clean and disappointed.

Proceeds from the event go to support the growth of Salado Montessori, a new non-profit Primary for kiddos ages 3-6.  Salado Montessori aims to inspire a love of learning in each child and follow the child’s interests throughout their pre-school years.

The Cen-Tex Chefs Collaborative will be on site selling delicious hog roast and handcrafted sides and sauces.  Our wines will pair perfectly with the fine swine available.  We’ll be serving our locally made wines by the glass and bottle.

There is no admission fee to attend. Our pre-sale ticket packages ensure you will reserve your souvenir t-shirt.

Our grape stomp will be the ideal opportunity to make your Instagram followers super jealous. Teams of two will compete every 15 minutes in rounds of 4-5 teams. During your team’s turn, one person will stomp for two minutes and then the second person will stomp for two minutes. The team of two who produces the most juice wins bragging rights!

Pay attention, this year the packages are different.  We are now offering our Dionysus Package, which gains you the right to pose in the giant vat of crushed grapes and then make your own wine-footprint t-shirts.  If you want to to compete, the Smash Those Grapes Package is the one for you!

Tickets are refundable up to 7 days before the event. After that, you may transfer your ticket to a friend – make sure you email the ticket to your friend.  The show will go on even if it rains, snows, sleets or whatever the great state of Texas comes up with for weather.  This event will be outdoors and everything will be under a tent.

Kids are welcome and Winerycat insists that dogs must be on a leash.

NO outside alcohol may be brought in.  That means you cannot bring beer, wine, distilled spirits or moonshine. Please no sneaking in alcohol…this is not your high school prom, thank you!

Grape Stomp Rules

  1. Fans of all ages are welcomed to the harvest festival.
  2. Stomping will commence when the Stomp Master blows the whistle and all teams must stop stomping and collecting at the closing whistle. Any team who starts early or delays stopping will receive a penalty.
  3. All stomping must be done with bare feet.
  4. Stompers may hold on to their team member for support.
  5. Only juice will be measured. Any grapes and pulp will be strained out by the judges.
  6. In the event of a tie, the officials will choose the team who displayed the least abandon.
  7. Any team not participating in a manner consistent with fair play and good sportsmanship is subject to disqualification without refund.  If you break something, you’ve bought it.
  8. Your slot will be during the hour you sign up for. You must be on time. If you are not present when your team is called, then you forfeit your team’s grape stompin’ tickets.
  9. All participants must sign Liability Waiver.


Ticket Options  (ticket URL )

*prices will increase by $5 at the door — buy now and save $$

KIDS TICKET – $14.95
Under 21?  This ticket includes one t-shirt, a photo op in the grapes and one juice box, soda or water.

The “ummm, I’ll just watch….” This ticket includes a t-shirt for your footprints, a photo op in the grapes, and one glass of wine. 21 and over, only.


Ticket holder is entitled to one go at stomping, one glass of wine, a t-shirt for your foot prints and a photo op in the grapes.  When you purchase your ticket, let us know the name of anyone you’d like to compete with so we can pair you together! 21 and over, only.

This event is organized by Salado Winery Company + Salado Montessori.  This event is part of the “Salado Chocolate and Wine Weekend 2018” for tickets and more information contact (INSERT URL for chocolate and wine event HERE)

Interested in being a vendor?  Follow this link:

We are looking for artisan toys, foods and home remedies, Montessori-in-the-home items, jewelry & art vendors who reflect the spirit of Montessori education. For we anticipate 120 Grape Stompers, 200 spectators and 15-20 vendors. We hope to exhibit high-quality, educational or unusual items that are not commercially available. We especially welcome wood toys, Montessori in the home materials such as kids aprons, organic foods and home remedies, handmade home items such as baskets and boxes, unique jewelry and so on.  We will only accept handmade items. We are not interested in t-shirts or accessories made in factories, no matter how cool they are.
A 10′ x 10′ spot on the grass is $100. You can bring your own tent/canopy or not. Electricity is available for $10. A table and chair are available to rent for $10.
Festival t-shirts are available for $15.
8/21/2018 – Final deadline to pay & submit forms.
8/22/2018 – Grape Stomping from 4-8, all booths set up & vendors ready to sell at 2.
Load in: September 22 from 9AM – 2PM. No vehicle traffic allowed during the Grape Stomp.
To be considered as a vendor, please follow the link below and fill out the application. We will review your submission, and accept/deny your application. Once accepted we will email you a bill. In order to be included in our map and on our t-shirt, you must submit the completed form and payment by September 21, 2018.
Please upload a photo representative of what you sell. It may be used in our promotions.

We reserve the right to reject vendors, especially if we feel the proposed vendor does not fit with our theme, or there are already too many vendors in the same category. We want our vendors to be successful and want our festival attendees to have a varied experience!
The form will automatically take you to a payment dialogue. Vendor fees are refundable until September 15, 2018.
If you get stuck and can’t get the form submitted, print as .pdf and email to Darla at or mail to Salado Montessori 10880 FM 1670, Salado, TX 76571

CLOSED Easter Sundy, April 1, 2019

closed Easter Sunday

We will be closed on Sunday, April 1, 2019, and that’s not an April Fool’s joke!

We hope the Easter Bunny put some bottles of wine in your Easter basket!

Easter Ostrich Egg Decorating

Ostrich Egg Decorating starts Friday, March 30 at 6:30 or Saturday, March 31 at 12 noon or 2 pm

Ostrich Egg Decorating starts Friday, March 30 at 6:30 or Saturday, March 31 at 12 noon or 2 p

Join us for the ultimate Easter keepsake and wine tradition! Buy your tickets today to decorate ostrich eggs at the Salado Winery for Easter. These ostrich eggs are keepsakes and people tend to come up with some fun conversations over wine. It’s pretty awesome.

Cost is $45 per person. There will be wine since it is a winery, so it’s up to each parent as to whether it is “kid-friendly”, but certainly there may be a kid there and prices are not discounted for kids. Unfortunately the ostrich egg farmer didn’t sell us discounted eggs for your awesome artist kid.

When you join us, you’ll receive a cleaned ostrich egg (they have to be prepared ahead of time by scrubbing them with vinegar and a toothbrush. Aimeé is a real diva about the whole thing, which is why we have to charge you so much), decorations, paint, egg dye, and a glass of wine included from Salado Winery Company & Salado Wine Seller. You will be able to take your wine glass home as a keepsake, as well.

PLEASE brainstorm before you come. Look up your favorite designs on Pinterest or think about a milestone of that year. Bring some of your own decorations, if you’d like. Classes will be lead by our favorite entrepreneur and small business coach, the owner of Bangarang Consulting, Aimeé Nesse.

Must be 21 to consume alcohol. Please bring your government issued ID to prove your age.

Tickets are now on sale. #SaladoTX #SpringHasSprung#HappyEaster #SaladoWinery #GodBlessTexas #TexasWine

December 2017 hours

winter sunrise over Salado Winery

December 1-2, we’ll be open 12-9 pm

December 8-9, we’ll be open 12-9 pm

Each Friday and Saturday night during Salado Stroll weekends, holiday carolers will serenade the late evening shoppers along Main Street. Many shops will host a variety of live entertainment all day and evening. Children will be enchanted with the live nativity scene, sponsored by the First Baptist Church  Vendors, lights and a festive mood abound.


Sunday, December 24, 12-4 pm

Monday, December 25, closed for Christmas

December 26 – January 3, open 12-6 pm,

Bring your family & friends by for a tasting and a tour!

Sick again

Ugh, seems like every Saturday Dino is sick! Does not feel like progress to Spend 3 hours at childcare on Thursday and wake up runny nose, congested on Saturday.


Pal Potential

A friend of ours has put together an interesting new website,  We’re excited about it, because, well, we were kicked off of  See, doesn’t allow businesses to sponsor meetup’s.  It’s supposed to only be for individuals.  We were trying to list our Sip ‘n Knit events and they threw us off.  With Pal Potential, the meetups are sponsored by Pal Potential, so we’re looking forward to listing wine tasting events there

Holiday Hours 2012

parade babyWe are open everyday except Christmas, so come on by and taste some wine!

Sunday, December 23, 12-6

Monday, December 24, 11-3

Wednesday, December 26, 12-6

Thursday, December 27, 12-6

Friday, December 28, 12-7

Saturday, December 29, 12-7

Sunday, December 30, 12-6

Monday, December 31, 12-6

Tuesday, January 1, 12-6










Baby Grape–1 month old

Introducing….DINO! a.k.a. Baby Grape

This is a picture of him at one month old, waking up from a nap in his mom’s office at the winery.  He has been to the winery every day of his entire life!  That’s what happens at a small family winery, the family starts working when they’re quite small!

You are welcome to visit him any time we’re open, but we can’t promise that he will always be in this good mood.

BTW, his shirt says “I’d rather be naked”.

When’s the Baby?

any time now…

Of course we don’t know when he’ll join us, but Baby Grape will be here soon.  Given that this is a very small family business, we’ll likely have to close for a few days when he decides to join us.  Then we’ll probably cut back on our hours during the month of August.  We’re really sorry if this causes any inconvenience and we hope you can understand.

Paper Chromatography

SEP 10

Now that the yeast fermentation has finished, our wines are undergoing malolactic fermentation.  The wines were inoculated with malolactic fermentation culture and today we’re testing to see if the conversion of malic acid to lactic acid is complete. 

SEP 27

According to a presentation given by Ellen Butz,  Department of Food Science, Purdue University, “MLF can mask a vegetal character, increase body by increased production of dextrans and glucans, and can increase flavor complexity by adding buttery, nutty honey, vanilla, leather, spices, toasty more body, & smoother tannins.”

As you can see there is quite a bit of chemistry involved with winemaking.  Don’t worry though, my reward was sampling the wines as I readied them for the test.  Here’s some of my notes:

BRV–great tannic body, sharp berry flavors, beautiful ruby color

SAN–mellow, fruity, light red

MER–plum, medium body & color

Next we’ll decide how to add some oak to the wines for aging.  Stay tuned…