Visit the Trail during the best time of year: the off season! At $20 plus tax, the Polar Passport gives residents and visitors alike a convenient and affordable way to enjoy many of the wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. And while many people enjoy visiting the wineries during the busy summer and autumn season, the winter season is actually the best time to visit when owners, winemakers and vineyard managers are more likely to be in the tasting room.
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 are an especially great value for regional residents that can readily visit our Trail more than once per season, enabling them to explore all of the many participating wineries across multiple weeks. One-time visitors to the region that plan on visiting at least 10-12 wineries will likely also find this product to be a good value. If your plan is to visit fewer than 10 wineries, then it is probably wise to not purchase the passport, and instead pay the incremental tasting fees that are common to most wineries in the region. These passport programs are not valid for groups of 8 or more people.
Here is how it works: once you've purchased a passport, you can visit any of the participating wineries during their regular business hours, at your leisure. The winery will stamp or mark the appropriate space in your passport. There are no blackout dates, they are good every day through its duration; you may visit some wineries one day, come back at a later date and visit a few more!
This year all three of our passport products will now feature a perk that we tested with our 2013 Riesling to Visit Passport, and found it to be successful and appreciated by our customers. If you purchase at least one bottle of wine at a majority of the participating wineries in a given passport, make sure the winery stamps that separate, designated page in your passport. Provided you mail that stamped page back to the Trail office by the due date, you will receive a complimentary passport of the same kind, for the next season! Please review each page in the passport to learn more about the individual participating winery, the hours they are open, dates when they might be closed (especially during the off season), and any specials they may have.
2014-15 Participating Wineries & Hours of Operation During this Passport:
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