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Grape-stomping fun for all ages at Crush Fest
Yonah Mountain Vineyards offers array of activities Sept. 5 at Cleveland winery
Children climb into a barrel to stomp the juice out of grapes during the annual Crush Fest at Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland. This year’s festival will feature live music from the Atlanta Pipe Band and the Atlanta Falcons drumline, a children’s area and the popular wine stomp.

Crush Fest

When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5

Where: Yonah Mountain Vineyards, 1717 Ga. 255 S, Cleveland

Cost: $30, includes four 3-ounce wine tastings and a take home “Crush Fest” glass; $15 for nondrinkers; and free for children 16 and younger.

More info: and 706-878-5522

Northeast Georgia residents seeking a family friendly weekend featuring horse-drawn wagon tours across the expanse of a wine vineyard can head to Yonah Mountain Vineyards for its annual Crush Fest.

Complete wine-stomping activities, live music and children’s area, the annual festival will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Yonah Mountain Vineyards, 1717 Ga. 255 S, in Cleveland.

The event draws more than 3,500 wine appreciators along with their families from all across the South, Crush Fest organizer Jonathan Boisjolie said.

Adults can sip wine from a 3-ounce glass and taste up to four different wines, organizers said. And while those older than 21 sample the spirits, children may jump around in a bouncy house and participate in other kid-friendly activities in a designated area, Boisjolie said.

Both age groups, however, may lick their favorite cold dessert as a mule-drawn ice cream maker will sell the treat onsite.

But before sipping wine or eating ice cream, all ages may feel the squish of grapes between their toes as Yonah Mountain Vineyards offers wine stomping, Boisjolie said. Accompanying the foot-stomping fun will be the Atlanta Pipe Band and the Atlanta Falcons drumline.

Patrons to the event may sit indoors and outdoors, and public restrooms are accessible ins the 10,000-square-foot main hall.

Wine as well as event T-shirts will be on sale. Parking at the vineyard is free.

General admission is $30 and includes four wine tastings and a souvenir “Crush Fest” wine glass. Nondrinkers may enter for $15 while youth 16 and younger are free.

Tickets may be bought in advance online at or purchased at the door.

For more information, visit the website or call 706-878-5522.