On September 23rd, 2017, Natali Vineyards hosts a harvest and crush for visitors wanting to experience the old world traditions of wine creation. (l-r) Amy Whitley of Cape May, Chris Bell of Philadelphia, and Meghan Giamberardino of EHT, begin the grape crushing contest, stepping on 33lbs of green grapes as judge Al Natali, vineyard owner, watches the time for 2mins to pass.

Those looking for a bit of messy (and boozy) fun this weekend should head down to DiMatteo Winery at noon Saturday, Sept 22, for the DiMatteo’s Harvest Grape Stomp. As you might imagine, the event gives guests a chance to stomp grapes while barefoot as was the traditional method of wine making back in the day. In addition to stomping, guests will get personalized photos, a bottle of wine with a personalized label and a souvenir wine glass. There will be a live DJ along with food and craft vendors selling all varieties of wine and grape-themed items. The event is rain or shine and tickets are $35 and can be purchased at DiMatteoWinery.com. DiMatteo Winery is located at 951 8th St. in Hammonton.

— Ryan Loughlin

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