Foot stomp! Niagara College wine students to participate in ancient winemaking practice

What was winemaking like 8,000 years ago? Niagara College wine students are about to find out firsthand – and with both feet!

On the morning of September 11/2019 (weather permitting), students from the Winery and Viticulture Technician program will kick off their shoes for the annual foot stomp at the Niagara College Teaching Winery.

Led by wine professor Ron Giesbrecht, the activity is part of an introduction to winemaking class for the new wine students, offering them experience in an ancient winemaking practice that still has value today.

“The foot stomp is not only fun, but it offers our students – the next generation of winemakers – a valuable lesson in how winemaking began, how it has evolved over time, and how we can make it better,” said Giesbrecht.

This will mark the seventh annual foot stomp held for students at the Niagara College Teaching Winery – the first and only commercial teaching winery in Canada – located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

Students will begin class at 9:30 a.m. by harvesting grapes in the on-campus college vineyards, then return to the Teaching Winery to participate in the foot stomp – turned into a fun competition between student teams (expected to take place between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.).