An unexpected gem is hiding in rural Kansas, about 30 minutes to the northeast of Wichita. Just off the highway, outside of Whitewater, Grace Hill Winery is a family-owned business bringing the best Kansas has to offer in the way of authentic wine. With more than a dozen wines available in 37 states, Grace Hill Winery is putting Kansas on the map as a premier wine destination.
Grace Hill is more than just a winery. Sure, you can go in for complimentary tastings noon-6 p.m. Thursday through Monday, but there are only a few wineries in the country that allow customers to channel their inner Lucille Ball by stomping in a bin of grapes, and Grace Hill is one of them.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, family and friends are invited out to pick secondary growth grapes (the ones that won’t get ripe enough to turn into wine), throw them into large bins on the patio and stomp them into a pulp, just for fun! Take off your shoes, hop in the bin and smash until your heart is content.
"The Grape Stomp is unique because it's the only place locally where you can have this sort of experience," Owner Jeff Sollo said. "It's fun for the whole family as it has an unusual activity for the kids and wine for the adults!"
While you’re there, try some of their signature wines, including the Leaning Shed Red, Peckerhead Red, El Gato Moscato, F5 or Dodging Tornadoes. If you’re not a grape fan, but still want to get in on the fun, try the Fruit Bomb, a wine blended with apple and raspberry.
All the grape stomping is sure to work up your appetite. Grace Hill has invited Chef Roberto Simmons to set up a pop-up restaurant right on the property, offering southwestern-style food fused with European and Nuevo Latino cuisine.
Other Grace Hill Events
Fall Release Party
With more than a dozen wine options, there’s something for everyone at Grace Hill, but if you still want more, the winery is ready to deliver. On Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, a Fall Release Party is debuting six more wines to be paired with delicious hors d’oeurves created by the house chefs. From a 2015 Barrel Reserve White to the release of the final vintage of F5 as it stands today, patrons will get to enjoy premier wines partnered with buffalo and pork meatballs, butternut squash pate, pumpkin cookies and chocolate.
Build Your Own Wine Day
Grace Hill Winery offers many monthly and annual events, including an option to build your own wine. For only $25 a person, you can mix 3 reds and 3 whites in any combination to make your own flavor. Grace Hill employees will blend, bottle, cork and capsule your wine right on site. If you send a photo ahead of time, it will be printed on a custom label and voila, the perfect gift for family and friends! The next “Build Your Own Wine Day” event will happen in early December.
Wine Maze at Walter's Pumpkin Patch
You know October is here when the pumpkin patches and corn mazes open and Grace Hill Winery will be set up to celebrate fall with six wine stations throughout the corn maze. As you make your trek through the maze, be sure to keep an eye out for the stations to receive a sip at each. What better incentive to finish the maze than that?
Learn more about the history of Grace Hill Winery and other ways to experience this unique Kansas attraction here.