Fun Harvest Events in Lompoc CA!
Wine harvest is underway in Lompoc, and our winemakers are busy crushing grapes and bottling new vintages for 2017!
Lompoc is known for its small production wineries specializing in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and other cool climate varietals from grapes grown in the surrounding Sta. Rita Hills AVA. If you’re passionate about Pinot – don’t miss out!
Early fall is an exciting time to visit our corner of the Central Coast, as we celebrate the fall harvest in many ways and at many places … local wineries, small farms, and at the historic La Purisima Mission.
1. Harvest Mission Life Day
La Purisima Mission State Historic Park
Saturday, Sept 9 – 11 am to 2 pm
Stomp grapes and thresh wheat at the end-of-the-season harvest celebration at historic La Purisima Mission in Lompoc. Set on a 2,000 acre park, complete with 25 miles of hiking trails, the Mission is the most restored and furnished of the 21 California missions. It’s a fun place for families and history buffs to learn about early California history. The event is free – parking is $6 per vehicle.
2. Scenic Farm Tour
Dare 2 Dream Farms
Saturday, Sept 23 – 11 am to 12:30 pm
Enjoy a narrated walking tour of family-owned and operated Dare 2 Dream Farms. See goats, ducks and chickens while learning about sustainability and organic farming. The tour is $15 for adults, $5 for youth 5-17, and free for kids under five. A dozen eggs is included with the price of admission!
The farm is tucked away in a canyon on La Salle Canyon Road, three miles west of downtown Lompoc off of Highway 246. More on Dare to Dream
3. Celebration of Harvest Weekend
Santa Barbara Wine Country
Sept 29 thru Oct 2, 2017
Enjoy a four day harvest celebration in Santa Barbara Wine Country featuring the Taste of Santa Barbara Wine Country, wine dinners, vineyard excursions, winery open houses, and more.
Sip and sample at your own pace with the Harvest Experience Passport ($50) – it includes wine tasting at up to 12 wineries including several based in Lompoc: Ampelos Cellars, Babcock Winery, Cebada Vineyard, Fiddlehead Cellars, JCR Vineyard, Longoria Wine, Melville Winery, Montemar, Pali Wine Co., Palmina Wines, Sweetzer Cellars and Zotovich Vineyards & Winery.
Plan to stay a few days so you have plenty of time to explore the many wineries and tasting rooms.
4. Harvest Lunch & Barrel Tasting
Flying Goat Cellars
Saturday, Sept 30 – 11 am to 2 pm
As a featured event of the Celebration of Harvest Weekend, Flying Goat Cellars in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto is hosting a special Harvest Lunch & Barrel Tasting. Sip on 2016 barrel samples with winemaker Norm Yost, and enjoy Flying Goat wines paired with a delicious lunch, featuring both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Tickets are $50 for wine members, $70 for non-members.
5. Harvest Open House & New Releases Party
Saturday, Oct 8 – noon to 3 pm
Mix and mingle with Rick and Diane Longoria and friends, taste Longoria’s newest wine releases and enjoy live music by Moonlight Trio. Wine tasting is $15, and wine can also be purchased by the glass or bottle. Food will be available for purchase from Cubanissimo Cuban Food Truck.
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