General Information - Events & Passports
PLEASE REMEMBER, EVENT TICKETS & PASSPORTS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE, NOR CAN THEY BE EXCHANGED OR CHANGED. SENECA LAKE WINE TRAIL EVENTS ARE NEVER CANCELLED.
Passports: A Passport is a simple document that for a set price enables an individual to enjoy a free, standard flight of wines at each of the participating wineries listed in the booklet one time each. Normal tasting fees at the wineries range from $2-$5 per winery and a flight of wine typically range from 4-8, 1 oz. samples of their wine. Passports can only be purchased at participating wineries. Passports are not valid for groups of 8 or more people and additional tasting fees will apply. How it works: buy the passport and visit any of the participating wineries and enjoy their wine! At each winery make sure they stamp or mark the appropriate space in your passport. It is that simple. None of our passports are intended for large groups of 8 or more people. Each passport program is a little different so go to their individual web pages to learn more about them.
Polar Passport, valid 12/9/13-3/31/14 (PP)
Wine Weekdays, duration is 1/2/14-5/31/14 (valid Mon-Fri only) -- new program
Riesling to Visit Passport, valid 4/1/14 - 6/30/14 (RVP)
Special Events: To avoid overcrowding and make the events more enjoyable for everyone, each attendee chooses a mandatory starting point for ticketed events (excludes our passport porgrams) and that is where you must start the event. You may select your preference for a starting winery when you purchase your tickets online; the wineries with tickets remaining as starting points will be listed. Our partner Eventbrite will fulfill your online ticket purchase and send you an email confirmation. You as the purchaser, will simply go to that winery any time during the event hours, show your state issued ID (typically a driver's license) and get your actual cardstock tickets. You must start at your starting winery. For this reason, it is also recommended that groups* purchase their tickets on one order, as that is the only way to guarantee that you will all have the same starting winery. Once you start at your chosen starting winery you can then proceed at your own pace and in the direction most convenient for you and your party. This helps keep traffic flowing smoothly around the lake, minimizing delays. Your starting winery is also where you’ll pick up your gift item and have your first food and wine pairing. (Each participating winery is given a limited quantity of gift items based upon the starting winery points.) This may also introduce you to a winery you may have never stopped at before! Event participants are not required to taste at a winery to receive the favors or food associated with any of our events. To order tickets to our weekend events, please click here.
Why Buy Tickets Early: The reason most attendees buy their tickets early is so they can select their preferred starting winery. As we get closer to a given event, fewer starting wineries will be available, as the more popular starting wineries (particularly those at the southern and northern end of the Trail) get filled up. This is only relevant specifically where you will begin the event; even if a participating winery is no longer available as a starting winery, you will still be able to visit them during the event. Another reason to purchase tickets early is because they are more affordable. Tickets purchased after 1pm EST on the Wednesday prior to a given event, or purchased during the event itself, will cost only $5 more per ticket. The last reason to purchase tickets early, and this is especially true of our popular Deck the Halls Weekend events, is that our events sometimes sell out in advance.
*Groups During Special Events: It is recommended that groups of up to 19 people should place all tickets on the same order to ensure they will receive the same starting point. Groups of 19 or fewer people can attend the event together without having to make appointments at the wineries. However groups of 20 up to 40 people maximum, will be accepted only if routed by the Trail office, and are limited to Sunday only, at a discounted price; no large groups are accepted for Deck the Halls. Few large groups are permitted and we reserve the right to limit the number of large groups and motor coaches to four. Please call Glenda Stermer-Simpson toll-free to inquire about large group event details at 877-536-2717.
Weekend Event Packaging: Weekend event packages have been temporarily discontinued. We are hoping to relaunch this program. Click here to learn more.
Questions: Now that you've read through this information, if you still have questions, please call us during regular business hours at 877-536-2717. To view more information about how event ticketing works on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, please visit How to get the most from your Seneca Lake Wine Trail event.
2014 Event Dates Have Been Set: *Events below, denoted with an asterisk, are weekend-long themed wine and food pairing events; these events run Friday afternoons 1-5 p.m. and Saturday/Sundays, 10a.m. to 5 p.m.; tickets are good for the whole 2-1/2 days. Below is a table identifying 2014 Member Wineries and which of these events they participate in. The Winemaker Wednesdays, Bargain Bash and Preferred Pairings are a bit different so please visit those individual pages for a list of participating wineries: