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Wine on the Mountain gears up for 13th year

By , - Last modified: June 7, 2016 at 4:27 PM

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail has been promoting agri-tourism in the region for several years, and one of its signature events is right around the corner.

Gearing up for its 13th year, the Wine on the Mountain festival is returning to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24, and will feature eight Lehigh Valley wineries, local artisans selling wine-related arts and crafts, light fare and live music.

“The support for local wine and the Lehigh Valley’s wineries continues to delight and amaze us,” said Tracey Werner of Blabbermouth Communications in Easton, who markets the event.

She said that hosting an annual festival in which eight local wineries come together in one place to celebrate the region’s viticulture is great for wine lovers.

“Attendees love tasting and purchasing wines each year and discovering new wines and new favorites,” Werner said.

Penn’s Peak is an air-conditioned venue with panoramic views from the deck and ample free parking. The event is held rain or shine.

“Unlike other summertime wine festivals, this one is held indoors, which protects it from inclement weather, as well as heat and humidity,” Werner said.

Ticket sales are limited to 1,000 for each day. In previous years, tickets were available for purchase at member wineries, but new to this year, tickets are being sold exclusively online and are on sale here.

Tickets now are day-specific, so attendees must buy either a Saturday or Sunday ticket. You must attend the event on the day listed on your ticket. The festival runs from noon-5 p.m. each day.

Werner says that buying tickets in advance is encouraged.

“Customers save $5 per ticket by purchasing in advance,” she said. “... We’re also discounting Sunday’s ticket to encourage more customers to come then, since Saturday is already very popular.”

Tickets bought in advance are $25 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday. At-the-door tickets are $30 on Saturday and $25 on Sunday.

Designated driver tickets are $8 each and will be sold at the door, not in advance.

The festival is an adult-only event; attendees must be 21 to attend.

Participating wineries:

Armore Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth.

Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli.

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville.

Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor.

Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas.

Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown.

Tolino Vineyards, Bangor.

Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville.

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a nonprofit organization. Proceeds from the event are used by the wine trail to promote Lehigh Valley wines and wineries and regional viticulture.

More information on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail can be found here.

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Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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