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The Seneca Lake Wine Trail- A Tasteful Experience

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2015 Deck The Halls Weekend Tickets and Preferred Pairings Tickets Now On-Sake
Tickets to all of our 2015 events are now on sale. Click here to purchase tickets. Our Wine Weekday Passports will go on-sale, online, in early January.  

2015 Polar Passport is now on sale
Our popular 2015 Polar Passport, valid from December 8, 2014 through March 31, 2015, is now on-sale online. This little booklet enables visitors to enjoy a complimentary, standard flight of wine samples at over 26 of our member wineries, one time each. It is especially useful for regional fans of our wineries, who can use the Passport across multiple days and weekends throughout its duration. But even if you're only visiting for a day or two, provided you visit at least 10 of our member wineries, it represents a good value. The Polar Passport is not intended for large groups of 8 or more people. Polar Passport bearing customers that purchase at least one bottle of wine from at least half the participating wineries will receive a similar, complimentary Polar Passport next year. Make sure if you do purchase a bottle at one of the wineries you visit, that you have the staff stamp your Passport on page 17 confirming that purchase. While we ship them within just a few business days of receiving your order, it can sometimes take the post office upwards of three weeks to deliver them to you. Therefore if you plan on visiting the Trail in the next 3 weeks, do not purchase the Polar Passport online, and instead purchase them at one of the many participating wineries that will be selling them for the same price in their tasting room. Most questions about the Polar Passport can be answered by visiting the detailed page about it here. For additional questions about the Polar Passport, please call our offices during regular business hours at 877-536-2717. To order your Polar Passport online, click here. If you're hoping to purchase Polar Passports as holiday gifts, or are already in the area and want to purchase them immediately, we recommend you visit one of the following wineries, most of whom have Polar Passports on sale as of 12/12/14:
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars, Glenora Wine Cellars, Fulkerson Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, Castel Grisch Winery, J.R. Dill Winery, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Leidenfrost Vineyards, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Wagner Vineyards, Zugibe Vineyards, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, and Ventosa Vineyards.

Enjoy this terrific video produced by Matt Ziegler, with voice over work by Sayre Fulkerson of Fulkerson Winery, beautifully elaborating on this year's harvest specifically, and the process of grape harvesting in general:

(Most) 2015 Event Tickets Are Now On Sale!
Tickets for our weekend wine and food pairing weekend events in the first half of 2015 are now on sale! Tickets to these events make great holiday gifts for friends and family alike. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. TIckets for our 2015 Deck the Halls Weekends, and our Polar Passport booklet, are scheduled to go on sale after December 9, 2014. Our 2015 Wine Weekday Passport will go on sale in early January 2015. And tickets to our series of three, intimate Preferred Pairings events (in collaboration with the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail) will go on sale in the next several weeks, and will be announced here once they are available to purchase. 

Start planning for 2015! Events that are bold are our larger, established wine and food pairing weekends, while the others are relatively new and/or different types of events with fewer attendees. If you have any additional questions about our 2015 events, please feel free to call our office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717.  

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Wine Weekday Passport Valid 1/2/15 - 6/30/15
Bargain Bash, January 10-19
Winemaker Wednesday, January 14
Pasta & Wine Weekend, January 16-18
Winemaker Wednesday, February 11
Chocolate & Wine Weekend, February 20-22
February Preferred Pairings, February 28
Winemaker Wednesday, March 11
March Preferred Pairings, March 21
Cruisin' The Tropics Weekend, March 27-29
Winemaker Wednesday, April 8
Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, April 24-26
Winemaker Wednesday, May 13
May Preferred Pairings, May 16
Smokin' Summer Kickoff, June 12-14
November Deck the Halls Weekend, November 20-22, 2015 
December Deck the Halls Weekend, December 4-6, 2015

New 2015 Winery Members
While their official membership does not begin until 2015, Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards and, under new ownership, Castel Grisch Winery have both been welcomed back aboard the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and will be participating in various programs towards the end of this year, and throughout 2015 and beyond. As is the case with all our member wineries, these new members are committed to crafting quality wine using grapes harvested in the region, creatively and passionately reflecting the terroir.  

tripadvisor 2014_award_logo2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Once again the Seneca Lake Wine Trail was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! When visiting our member wineries, or attending our Trail-wide events, you can be assured that you'll not only be enjoying world class wines, but also interacting with superb staff in beautiful tasting rooms. To contribute your review of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, visit their site here.

Trail Associates
We realize your main reason for visiting our site is most likely to find information about our member wineries, but also know that most visitors to our region will be seeking other businesses like restaurantslodging, transportation providers, breweries/distilleries/cideries, and other attractions. You can patronize any of these regional businesses confident that they are doing their utmost to help you have a fun, safe and enjoyable time in the Finger Lakes Region.  To view a handy map that shows all of those businesses and our member wineries at once, click here.

Large Group Tours
We are frequently asked about setting up a tour of our member wineries by large groups. Each winery has its own individual policies. Some wineries require appointments for groups of 8 or more people, others don't require an appointment unless the group exceeds 16 people, for example. In some instances tasting fees are the same between a large group and an individual, in other cases they are different. Please click here for more information on bringing a large group to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and feel free to call our office during regular business hours with any additional questions.

Introduction to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
The following 22 minute video provides an excellent overview of our organization, member wineries and how our industry has contributed to the economic vitality of the communities in which our wineries reside. If you do not see the clip below (some Firefox users report difficulties) you might have better luck viewing it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqOO2d0JcpU

About the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Surrounding the sapphire waters of Seneca Lake, our 34 member wineries invite you to experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of world-class wines. Located in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes Region, our climate supports not only the growth of hardy native grapes and premium hybrids, but also more delicate varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. Along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail you will truly find a wine to suit every taste. Request Information or contact us if you have questions. For more information on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail you're also always welcome to give our administrative office (we ourselves are not actually a winery) a call weekdays 9am-5pm toll-free at 877-536-2717. You can also send mail to us at 2 N. Franklin St, Suite 320, Watkins Glen, NY, 14891. 


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