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The wine enthusiast knows that March means touring the nine wineries along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail for a month of food and wine pairings and wine education.
The 2015 Vino in the Valley passport program (formerly known as the March Passport Program) along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail involves purchasing a passport for $35 and visiting each of the wineries during the four weekends in March (3/7 & 8; 14 & 15; 21 & 22; 28 & 29). Event hours at each winery are: Saturday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday - noon - 5 p.m.
As you visit our nine wineries you will receive delicious wine and food pairings (tasting sized). Read the list of food and wine pairings on our web site HERE. Have your passport will be stamped at each member winery you visit.
Once your passport has been stamped at eight of the nine member wineries, fill out your contact information at the bottom of the passport, tear it off, and turn it in at the last winery you visit in order to be entered to win one of 30 $25 Lehigh Valley Wine Trail gift certificates. (Visit our web site for the list of our member wineries.)
Each passport holder will also receive a gift. The 2015 gift is a wine backpack. It is a two-shouldered tote that holds two bottles of wine and is made of black faux-suede and embroidered with the LVWT logo. (See photo below.)
It is recommended that you plan to visit 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. A limited number of passports are printed, so get them early while they last.
We strongly recommend that a member of your group serve as its designated driver to allow you to travel safely from winery to winery.
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 about their policies.
In order to improve the experience for all of our event passport holders, the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail has Group Guidelines for this event. Our nine wineries will not accept commercial vehicles of any type (buses, limos, vans, etc.) during weekends in March. If you are traveling by private passenger vehicle in a group of 8 or more, appointments are required at any wineries you plan to visit. Please call ahead to the wineries on your route to make those arrangements at least three days in advance. Thank you.
How the Vino in the Valley Passport Program works:
- Purchase a passport for $35, either in person at one of our 9 member wineries, or online here. (Passport program participants must be age 21 or older.) All online passport orders are mailed via first class USPS within a few days of your order. A digital/vitural ticket for this event is NOT available. You will receive and must use the printed event passport mailed to you.
- During the weekends of March 2015 (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. Pick up your passport holder gift at the winery that corresponds to your passport number per the list on the passport.
- Get stamps from at least 8 of our 9 wineries before filling out your contact information on the bottom of the front side of the passport.
- Tear off and turn in the completed portion of your passport at the last winery you visit in order to be entered to win one of 30 $25 wine trail gift certificates in the Grand Prize Drawing. The drawing takes place 4/15/15. Winners will be notified by mail and their names posted to our web site, Facebook page, and blog.
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.
*Sorry, but we do not offer refunds on passport orders.
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Lehigh Valley Wine Trail
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a non-profit organization of wineries whose mission is to promote agri-tourism and to create a premiere wine destination and grape growing region while promoting Pennsylvania wines from the region. All of the member wineries have won numerous awards at state, national and international levels.
The Lehigh Valley region is an official American Viticultural Area as designated by the Federal Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in April 2008. The Lehigh Valley AVA includes portions of Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania. In order to receive the designation a least 85% of the grapes used to make local wines must be grown within the region. Wineries in the region are permitted to list “Lehigh Valley” as the growing region on their labels.