Grape juice was flying as the iconic grape treading event returned for its biennial appearance at the Barossa Vintage Festival on 18th April 2015. Liebichwein have proudly sponsored this event for over 10 years.
The treading event differed from previous years by holding all heats and finals on the one day at ‘Barossa Comes Home’ on Tanunda Oval not long after the festival parade wound into town. There were three hotly contested competitions with a total of 20 teams participating in the Winery, School and Open Classes.
Young and old climbed into the bins and eagerly stomped the grapes. The participants got right into it, especially the kids teams who relished having a go. At one stage there were four adult teams in second place who had stomped the same amount of juice. Enthusiastic crowds watched throughout the day, even when the event was almost a complete wash out. Latter teams even got a slight advantage from the rain.
The winery winners received a trophy, a specially labelled magnum of Liebich Ruby Grenache and a mixed box of wines donated by Barossa wineries. The school winners will get their name engraved in the Liebichwein Barrel Trophy.
Special thanks to Australian Cork Company for donating the perpetual winery trophy, Dave Devries for ringside announcements and all the helpers who made the event less sticky for everyone involved. Thanks to Kersbrook Cold Store for use of their cool room for grape storage. Ron, who supplied the Grenache grapes, is now converting this well-stomped juice into a smooth young Tawny.
Grape Treading Results
Winery Winners – The Harvesters – Paul Noack & Steve Schiller 1350mL (Second time winners)
School Winners – Epping Boys – Noah & Luc Sutton