OUTRAGEOUS. OUTLANDISH. OUTSTANDING.
How do you kick off a two-weekend Oktoberfest celebration?
You start by kicking off your shoes.
STOMP NEW ULM!
The Annual Grape Stomp at Morgan Creek Vineyards.
A day of music, food, drink and laughter fresh from our unique area of the world.
STOMPERS GET SET!
It's fast, it's fun and your feet will never smell as sweet.
The Annual Grape Stomp at Morgan Creek Vineyards ushers in our two-week Oktoberfest celebration. Participating in the stomp is fun, easy and could win you some free wine.
Here's the recipe for a great time: Form a team of three to five stompers per vat. Competitions take place among ten vats. The team producing the largest volume of juice stomped from the fresh grapes will receive a free case of wine.
In addition, each member of the team winning the best concept-and-costume design receives a bottle of our seasonal dessert wine. (Costumes aren’t required, but they are waaaay more fun.)
Official stomps are scheduled for 1 p.m., 2 p.m, and 3 p.m., and pre-registration is required and conducted by phone. Call us to reserve your group vat at 507-947-3547.
Music and movement permeate Stomp New Ulm!
From noon to 3 p.m., we’re proud to offer lush sights and sounds from: Bavarian guest musicians Oachkazlschwoarf; The Minnesota Traditional Morris Dancers from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival; The Satori Violet Belly Dancers of Mankato; and those Black Forest masked visitors The New Ulm Narren. Music continues from 3 to 5 p.m. with a performance by The Lost Walleye Orchestra.
THE TASTE(S) OF NEW ULM
Grape crushers and those who love them (basically everybody there) will find great options for food and drink combinations at the Stomp.
At the Grapes & Grains Tasting Pavilion, you can enjoy a Morgan Creek Vineyards wine & Schell’s beer tasting for $8 per person.
There’s also the Say Cheese! Savor the Wine experience where wines are paired with artisan cheeses at $20. Registration for Say Cheese! is available online here and will include $5 admission fee.
And pig roast lovers, your day has arrived. Discover the savory depths of pit oven cooking with slow-cooked pork coming from our unique Imu Pit Oven at the foot of the vineyard. This pit oven was developed for us by Executive Chef Paul Lynch and our own Adam Marti. It will be tended to this year by Chef Lacey Lueth of Lola’s American Bistro.
Pigs are a symbol of good luck in Germany, we're spreading the luck and love by calling this Oktoberfest dish Schweinsein!, which translates as "to be a pig."
Throughout the day, Morgan Creek Vineyards’ wood-fired oven (pictured here) will be baking up aromatic and delicious appetizers. These include pizzettes, Swiss raclettes, hot pretzels and other snacks to compliment the wines (which, by the way, can be purchased by the glass or bottle.)
GOODS AND COSTS:
Wine and beer tasting pavilion - $10
Say Cheese! Savor the Wine (includes 6 pairings and a Morgan Creek Vineyards wine glass) $25 Reserve your Say Cheese! spot here.
Schweinsein Fire Pit pork dinner $10
Wood fire oven appetizer menu and pizzette $4.50 - $8.00.
ID required for winery grounds entrance.
No beverages, food or pets allowed through the festival gate. Food bags will be confiscated upon admission – and cheerfully returned to you on your way to the shuttle! Thank you for your cooperation.
HOTELS, CAMPGROUNDS AND ATTRACTIONS
Be sure to check out the City of New Ulm's Oktoberfest celebrations both weekends.
Staying in the area a while? Check out the many places to visit or stay.
August Schell Brewing Co., River Rock Kitchen, Lola's American Bistro, Jim Vanderhaar of St. Peter Food Co-op, A Roth Design, JMR Promotions, G & K Rental, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, Visit Mankato, Valley Veggies, Harvest Specialties, RIverbend Business Products, Hy-Vee New Ulm, and the Arts Center of St. Peter
DIRECTIONS AND SHUTTLE INFORMATION
Morgan Creek Vineyards is located in Blue Earth County east of New Ulm and west of Mankato off of scenic HWY 68. Turn at junction 47, drive 2 miles to county road 101.
CAR SHUTTLE - Stomp Parkers will direct you to our Shuttle Lot where you will be shuttled directly to the winery entrance. The last shuttle from the winery to the parking lot leaves at 5:45.
NEW! The OKTOBERFEST EXPRESS FREE shuttle will be running from
New Ulm's Green Mill @ the Best Western Plus to the winery from
11:00 am - 5:00 pm on going throughout the day. All aboard!
Volunteers help is always needed for the festival! Join our team, have an outstanding time, and participate in the first People’s Choice vote for best Volunteer Oktoberfest Costume by Volunteers or Staff, and win a $200.00 cash prize for your Outstanding costume.
Other benefits of volunteering include:
- Free bottle of wine
- Free admissions to the festival for the day.
- Tickets for 1 beverage & appetizer at the Wood Fired Oven.
- An Outrageous Day of FUN!
Email us your name and email address and we will sign you up for the volunteer team!