Grape foot stomp! Niagara College wine students to jump into ancient winemaking ritual

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 08:30 to Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 14:00

Learning about ancient winemaking is an immersive experience at Niagara College, and wine students are ready to kick off their shoes and jump in with both feet!

This week will mark Niagara College’s sixth annual grape foot stomp, held at the beginning of the grape harvest. Wine professor Ron Giesbrecht will lead two classes of students in this fun, festive activity, where they will gain hands-on – or, more accurately, ‘feet-on’ – experience in an ancient winemaking practice.

Students in Winery and Viticulture Technician program will participate on Wednesday, September 12, and students in the Wine Business Management program will participate on Thursday September 13 (weather permitting). Both classes will begin by harvesting grapes in the on-campus vineyards, then experience the grape foot stomp at the NC Teaching Winery.

The NC Teaching Winery, located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, is the first and only commercial teaching winery in Canada.


Wednesday, Sept. 12 (Wine and Viticulture Technician class)

Class time: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Students will begin harvesting in the vineyard at 8:30 a.m. Foot stomping activity is expected to begin about 9:30-10 a.m.

Thurs. Sept. 13 (Wine Business Management class)

Class time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Students begin harvesting in vineyard about 11:30 a.m. Foot stomping activity is expected to begin about 12:30 - 1 p.m.


Niagara College Teaching Winery and Vineyards 

Niagara College Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, Wine Visitor + Education Centre

135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.,-79.166118&z=16&t=m&hl=en-US&gl=CA&mapclient=embed&daddr=Niagara+on+the+Lake+Campus+Bookstore+135+Taylor+Rd+Niagara-on-the-Lake,+ON+L0S+1J0@43.1530527,-79.1661179