Join us on Saturday, October 21st at our winery, located at the RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain for a day of grape stomping, wine tasting, winemaker tours, celebrations and more. Everyone always asks us if we crush our grapes like Lucy did in her famous skit on TV. The short answer is… Yes we do, at our White Mountains Crush Festival aka “CRUSH” event. We need your help (kind of) in stomping these grapes and starting the winemaking season.
We are celebrating the end of the harvest season, and the start of the winemaking season on this one special day. Stomp grapes and sample wine by day, celebrate and feast on Italian food, family-style by night.
-12:00pm – 2:00pm: “Big Feet” Grape Stomping
Grab your video cameras and smart phones for this once-in-a-lifetime photo/video op. Kids and adults get the chance to go back in time to the days when wine grapes were stomped by foot. That’s right, you can roll up the pant legs, and jump right in. No shortage of laughs and smiles here.
Included with your stomp ticket is a “Crushed-It” Seven Birches T-shirt. There are no set stomp times, so you will be able to get dirty before, during, or after your scheduled tour time. T-shirt sizes will be gathered at the point of reservations online. We expect that you’ll be good and tired, from stomping, after 15-20 minutes of non-stop-stomping. Of course, bystanders and videographers are free to watch and laugh with the crowd. Not everyone NEEDS to stomp. But, those wishing to do the tour and go to the dinner, will need tickets.
Kids under the age of 10, STOMP FREE (no reservation required). But, that does not include the t-shirt or print. You’ll have your own camera or smart phone, for sure.
-12:00pm – 2:00pm: Stompers’ Lunch on the Veranda
Stomping all of those grapes takes a lot of work, so you’ll be thankful that you bought the Stompers’ Lunch ticket. Join your fellow crushers up on the veranda for a special lunch with LaVista Italian Cuisine. When the bell rings, you’ll know its time to head up to the veranda where you’ll be able to watch the action down below. Mile-long Italian grinder, stromboli, fettuccine alfredo, caesar salad, garden salad, spaghetti, meatballs, tortellino with pesto, cannoli and more. What fun! Tickets for this meal are $40 per person and include all you can eat and the wine that we select to go with the meal.
Children 10 years and younger are only $30…. and they’ll have to come back in 11 years to try the wine!
-12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm: “Meet the Winemaker” Tour of the Winery
Interested in how our wines are hand-crafted, right here in New Hampshire? Included with the event ticket is a “Meet the Winemaker” tour during one of the 4 available tour times. This intimate tour of the winery and chat with the winemaker is a fantastic way to experience Seven Birches Wines. Try a sample of red wine aging in one of our oak barrels, chat with the winemaker and taste some delicious NH wines.
Winery Production Room Tour
Winemaking “Chat” with the Winemaker
Barrel Tasting of Ageing Red Wine
Souvenir Logo’d Wine Glass of Your Choice
When buying your tickets for the event, you will be asked to select from a choice of 4 tour times: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm. Times are subject to availability, so if you have a preference, please book early.
“Wine Flight & Nibbles” on the Veranda
After completing your “meet the winemaker” tour of the winery, you’ll be escorted to the RiverWalk veranda, where we’ll have a special group tasting with some “nibbles” from LaVista Italian Cuisine. We’ll sample 5 more of the wines made at Seven Birches as we discuss their character and flavor. Seven Birches wine hosts will be able to help you find just the right wines for you, and answer any more of your questions. Keep in mind that the times for this part of the event are not exact, as this will immediately follow your tour, which starts on the hour.
Of course, we encourage you to purchase wine to take home. We can hold purchased wine behind the bar for you, so you don’t have to carry it to dinner. Unless, you want to take it to your car or to your room. Just remember, cars can get quite hot in the sun, and wine is allergic to sun and heat.
-4:00pm: Harvest Crush Celebration Family-Style Feast by LaVista Italian Cuisine
Join us on the outdoor veranda of RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain, overlooking South Peak and the Pemi River, for the final celebration of the season. Enjoy this feast, prepared and served outside, in the twilight, family-style by LaVista Italian Cuisine. Included with your event ticket is an all-inclusive meal. That’s right… all you can eat Italian food, plenty of Seven Birches wine, music, family and friends, all included. There is a cash-bar, just in case someone is not a wine drinker. Yes, there are some people that don’t drink wine… and they are welcome, of course!
You can expect an array of pasta dishes, meats, breads, salads and …. wine, of course. Hummus, calamari, caesar salad, fresh garden salads, grilled vegetables, spaghetti & meatballs, chicken parmesan, fettuccine alfredo, torellini pesto, cannoli and more. More than you can actually eat….. but, we’ll give it a shot!
New in 2017: This year we will also be pairing our wines with the foods that will be served at the feast. So, you’ll know just what is coming out, and what wine to have with that part of the meal. We are also planning for warmer weather, but don’t keep your fingers crossed. We’ll do our best, but be prepared.
FOR THE KIDS: We’ll have a resort-hosted activity for the kids during dinner, so that you can enjoy that time and the wine, sans-enfants (without the kids). We’ll post more on this as we get closer to the event.
Live Entertainment: Holly Furlone
-Grape Stomping – $20 per person
-Winery Tour & Tasting Flight – $20 per person
-Stompers Lunch on the veranda with LaVista Italian Cuisine – $40 per person (includes food, wine, and gratuity)
-CHILD Stompers Lunch on the veranda with LaVista Italian Cuisine – $30 per child (10 and younger)
-All-you-can-eat Italian Feast on the veranda with LaVista – $60 per person (includes food, wine pairing, gratuity)
-The “Do Everything” Ticket – $120 per person
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