The Event

Experience The Big Crush season.

The fate of the 2020 Big Crush is still in flux. We are waiting for additional information and guidance from state and local authorities as to how or if we can proceed. Regardless, there will be some sort of harvest celebration over the weekend of October 3-4 as long as we are permitted to do so, but the final structure is yet to be determined. We look forward to celebrating our local award-winning wines with loyal Amador Wine Country enthusiasts soon!

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Each year, we celebrate the grape harvest by inviting our friends to join our member wineries to get in on this most exciting time of year. Visit each of our participating wineries where you will be welcomed to our scenic foothills of Amador Wine Country by the entire wine community. 

BIG CRUSH is a grand time to see the harvest in action and this year will be no exception. Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’re invited to see the Crush in full swing. Your ticket includes scenes teeming with vineyards, trudging tractors, and bustling crush pads accompanied by incomparable Amador wine region hospitality! Creative food & wine pairings, a variety of live music, and harvest activities are all included in the ticket price and presented by warm and friendly family wineries. 

Advance tickets for The Big Crush Harvest Wine Festival will go on sale in late summer 2020. Follow us on Facebook for up to date information.  


How does it work? 

When you purchase your tickets online, choose your starting winery (from our 45 member wineries). There, on the day of the event, you will pick up your wristband, event program and wine glass to begin exploring all that we have to offer. Each participating member winery will have a special flight of wines for you to try along with scrumptious food to pair with your wine. Many wineries will have live music and opportunities for you to watch and/or participate in the process of harvest.


Fourth Annual Big Crush BBQ and Grape Stomp – Friday, October 2nd


Start your Big Crush Weekend at our annual Barbecue and Grape Stomp on Friday evening October 2nd at the Amador County Fairgrounds. Join friends new and old for an evening of fantastic food, grape stomping, live music and dancing, harvest games, local craft beer and, of course, world-class Amador County wine!

  •  A delicious buffet dinner served from 6:30 – 8:00 PM featuring farm-to-fork cuisine by some of Amador’s most popular chefs, made from produce supplied by local farms.
  •  Premium Amador wine and local craft beer available for purchase.
  •  A silent auction featuring fun and unique Amador County experiences and getaways will take place from 6:00 – 9:00 PM benefiting the American River College Culinary Arts program. 


Want to get hands on (well…feet actually)?! If you are interested in participating in the grape stomp competition, please contact Limited to 36 people.


NOTE: If you purchase the BBQ & Grape Stomp/Full Weekend Big Crush package, you will pick up your glass and wristband at the BBQ & Grape Stomp on Friday evening and then start at any participating winery of your choice on Saturday morning. You do NOT need to pick a starting winery when you purchase your ticket.  

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