WINSTON, Ore. -- With the help of a local winery, the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Ore. made a little history this weekend.
The tents were set up at the elephant barn, because not even the rain could stop this party. Underneath the big top was gourmet food local wines and of course the main attractions: two African Elephants.
While Alice entertained the guests, George was behind the barn warming up for his big moment. For the first time in North America, an elephant was used to stomp grapes for wine.
People crowded the gate and looked on with amazement as George used all 13,000 pounds to get every drop of juice.
He tried on a hat and also gave out some flowers to a lucky couple celebrating their anniversary.
But, more important than the wine or the party, was the opportunity for people to get interact with an animal most only see from a distance. That's why a portion of the proceeds from the tickets and the wine will go towards elephant conservation.
Stephen Reustle, owner of Reustle Vineyards, says the white wine from the grapes will be bottled and ready to release in about two months. They have not decided on a label yet, but they are thinking about naming it after the elephant Tikki, who recently passed away.
The event was so successful, the Ruestles are already planning for next year.