The old schoolhouse in Carlsville, Wisconsin, home of the Door Peninsula Winery, was the scene of a pitched battle on Saturday, July 27 between competitors representing four of Door County’s favorite non-profit organizations in the 4th Annual Great Grape Stomp.
The celebrations began at 10 am with a pirate-filled parade down Highway 42 through the center of town. While it was a bit chilly for July, the sun broke out and warmed everyone up by 1 pm for the annual grape stomping festivities sponsored by Door Peninsula Winery. Two categories of contestants were set to compete for awards and prizes, the public and the non-profit representatives. The event was just one of many fun doings at the 12th Annual Carlsville Day festivities just 7 miles north of Sturgeon Bay, held each year on the last Saturday of July.
In the non-profit category, Kate LeRoy, of the Ridges Sanctuary eventually out-stomped everyone to emerge as winner of a $250 Door Peninsula Winery product donation to use for fundraising. Ryan Powley, placed second for Door County Habitat for Humanity. Lindsey Petersilka, stomped grapes for Sunshine House and “I Love Lucy” wannabe, Sara McKillop stepped up for United Way of Door County.
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The general public also took to the stomping vats with Jodi Vanderbloemen placing 1st, winning a medal and a case of Door Peninsula Wine. Debbie Pribek took 2nd place and won a medal and a bottle of Door Peninsula Wine. Tracy Miller and Tammy Mleviza took 3rd and 4th places respectively.
Door Peninsula Winery has been making award-winning wines for almost 40 years. You will consistently find a balance of structure, taste and tannin among the selection of over 40 wines they make – from Sweet Cherry to a bone-dry Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm through October (and until 5 pm in the off-season). Tours run daily at the top of the hour with the first tour at 10 am and the last tour leaving at 4 pm …and Door Peninsula Winery offers complimentary tastings!