The wine enthusiast knows that March means being out and about touring the eight wineries along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail for food and wine pairings, wine education, and a month of fun.
The March Passport Program along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail involves purchasing a passport for $35 and then planning a strategy to visit each of the wineries during the first four weekends in March.
As you visit our eight member wineries you will be offered delicious wine and food pairings (tasting sized) to sample. Your passport will be stamped during each visit and then entered into a Grand Prize Drawing for additional prizes once it is completed with stamps from seven of our eight wineries.
While visiting each winery be sure to pick up a logoed slate beverage coaster, which is this year's passport holder gift. Visit all 8 wineries to collect the complete set!
It is recommended that you plan on visiting no more than three wineries a day so you can get the most enjoyment out of your experience without being rushed. Plan to stop at a local restaurant along the way from winery to winery as there are many great options. And always be sure to have a Designated Driver when you explore our Wine Trail.
Since our wineries are all family-owned and operated, we each have our own set of house rules. So please check with individual wineries if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you on the trail!
Passport sales for our 2014 event are now on sale online (credit card only) and also at our eight member wineries (cash or check only).
For online sales visit: http://2014marchpassportprogram.eventbrite.com. (Sorry, but we do not issue refunds for purchased passports.)
Planning to give passports to a family member or friend as a Christmas gift? Then place your online order by no later than Wednesday 12/18.
How the March Passport Program works:
1. Purchase a passport for $35, either in person at one of our 8 member wineries, or online here. (Passport program participants must be age 21 or older.)
2. During the first four weekends of March 2014 (Saturdays and Sundays), visit our member wineries to enjoy a food and wine pairing (tasting sized) and have your passport stamped in the corresponding winery box on the front. Be sure to pick up a logoed slate coaster from each winery since it is the 2014 gift for passport holders. Visit all 8 wineries to collect the complete set.
3. Get stamps from at least 7 of our 8 wineries before filling out your contact information on the bottom of the front side of the passport.
4. Turn in your completed passport at the last winery you visit to be entered to win one of 30 $25 wine trail gift certificates in the Grand Prize Drawing. The drawing takes place 4/15/13. Winners will be notified by mail and their names posted to our web site.
PASSPORT PROGRAM RULES
- A passport is required to receive food and wine pairings at each winery. Food is tasting-sized portions.
- Each passport holder is entitled to ONE food and wine pairing per winery throughout the four-weekend duration of the event.
- No alcohol of any kind may be brought into winery premises.
- Visibly intoxicated guests will not be served in accordance with the law.
- Please respect our SIX wine taste limit.
- Non-passport guests are not entitled to the food and wine pairings.
No commercial vehicles of any type (buses, limos, vans, etc.) are allowed at the 8 member wineries during March. If you are traveling by car with a group of 8 or more people, appointments scheduled in advance are required at each winery you plan to visit.
TIPS FOR ENJOYING THE WINE TRAIL
- Start at any winery, visit all eight.
- Consider beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
- In general, Sundays are less busy than Saturdays.
- If you will be traveling all day long, pack a snack or stop by a local restaurant.
- We strongly discourage trying to visit all 8 wineries in one day. Anyone, regardless of whether they are the driver or not, can be denied a wine tasting if it appears they are impaired. Remember: little tastes add up!
- We treat our wineries as if they are our homes, which in many cases they are. As our guests we appreciate your patience, consideration and respect.