The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is bringing back its annual Vino in the Valley passport program during four weekends in March.
The annual event introduces wine lovers to locally produced wines by encouraging them to explore eight member wineries. It features wine and food pairings, allowing attendees to explore how each wine tastes in conjunction with its food partner.
“Each winery works with a local restaurant or catering company to provide the food part of the food and wine pairings, so that is a benefit for those businesses,” said Tracey Werner of Blabbermouth Communications, who provides marketing services for the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.
“We’re very big on buying local and supporting local. … Our wineries are all family owned and operated, so they know what it’s like to be a small business and they want to support other businesses,” she said.
Attendees can buy a passport for $35, while each winery will be giving away 25 restaurant gift certificates of $50 at random over the four weekends. There will be 200 instant winners, and one in nine passport holders will win a gift certificate.
Also, passports stamped by all eight wineries and turned in at the end of the last day will earn a chance to win the grand prize, a $250 gift certificate to the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.
Once stamps are obtained from participating wineries, attendees fill out their contact information on the bottom front side of the passport before tearing it off and turning it in at the last winery they visit in order to be entered into the drawing.
Werner said that each winery has its own agenda when it comes to the pairings, and some will offer live music and/or entertainment.
“Some people will plan which of the four weekends they visit and which wineries based on the food and wine pairings being offered. … Some wineries offer the same food and wine pairings all month long, but others change the pairings each weekend,” Werner said.
Passports are available for purchase online here, and at all eight member wineries.
Werner said that only 1,800 passports will be printed.
Event dates are March, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.
Event hours at all participating wineries are Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m.
Each winery’s wine and food pairings are available here.
Participating wineries are:
• Amoré 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.
More information and other event details can be found at www.vinointhevalleylvwt.com.