Kiepersol Estates in Bullard is hosting its 13th Annual Harvest Festival and invites the public to join Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The real action is in the grape stomping — an Old World tradition, made popular by Lucille Ball, which is free and fun for the whole family. Face painting, cork art and bounce houses will keep the kids busy. Adults can enjoy fresh Sangria and wine by the glass and festival food will be available all day.
The Kiepersol Corkscrew 5K fun continues this year winding through the vineyard and woods for a refreshing morning run. All proceeds from the run will be donated to Mane Mission, a charity for the care of developmentally and mentally challenged adults. Live music by Two Jacks & a Jill, Nashville Studio Singer of the Year Melissa Duvall, Curtis Wright and Michael Curtis, and The Yutes will entertain guests all day long.
For the person looking to learn more about wine, guided trolley tours up to the wine facility and a sneak peek tasting of Dirk's Vodka (not yet released) are scheduled throughout the day and are $10 per ticket. A scholars tent is a place to stop by for the latest wine info on how to taste like a pro, hands on wine training, as well as a visit from wine blogger Russ Kane (vintagetexas.com) who will share his "Secrets of the Wine Trail" and tasting presentation "Real Cowboys Drink Syrah".
The event is a casual affair held in a new location, Kiepersol's Numbi vineyard off Dorsey Road just past the Kiepersol Estates entrance, and guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chair or blanket and just relax. Entrance to the festival is free.
The Winery's tasting room is normally open for tours and tastings from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with guided tours at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Tours can be made by appointment at any other time.