Polar Passport

Valid daily: December 5, 2016 – March 31, 2017

Visit the Trail during the best time of year: the off season! At $30 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. The 2017 Polar Passport program has ended, and is no longer for on sale. The 2018 Polar Passport will likely become available early December 2017. 

Dates: Valid December 5, 2016 – March 31, 2017
Time: During each winery’s regular tasting room hours.
Price: $30.00 plus sales tax (one passport per person, limited quantity sold, and all passport products are non-refundable.)
This passport is not intended for large groups. If you are traveling in groups of 8 or more people, additional tasting fees will apply.

Visit our Large Group Tours page to learn more about large groups on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

Passports are on sale now and can be securely purchased by clicking on the link near the bottom of this page. Passports can also be purchased at participating wineries starting December 5, 2016 through the passport’s expiration, only while supplies last; see below for a list of which wineries have them in stock. You should call ahead to confirm the winery has this passport in stock. Wineries will oftentimes set passports aside for you, so you can be assured they’ll be waiting for you upon your arrival.

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 ranges from $2-$5 per winery for a standard flight of wine samples. 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. 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!

Our passport products continue to feature a perk that we found 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.

Below is a list of wineries who are participating in this passport as well as the quantity of passports available for sale in their tasting rooms as of the start date of this passport on 12/5/16. Wineries with quantities updated on 3/6/17 have an asterisk*.

Belhurst Winery   (40)*
White Springs Winery  (sold out)*
Serenity Vineyards  (tba)
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars  (5)*
Torrey Ridge Winery  (2)*
Earle Estates Meadery  (2)*
Fruit Yard Winery  (6)*
Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars  (15)
Fulkerson Winery  (11)*
Rock Stream Vineyards  (tba)
Lakewood Vineyards  (37*)
Castel Grisch Winery  (27)*
J.R. Dill Winery  (28)*
Atwater Estate Vineyards  (92)*
Leidenfrost Vineyards  (tba)
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards  (48)*
Bagley’s Poplar Ridge Vineyards  (25)
Wagner Vineyards  (108)
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars  (16)*
Boundary Breaks Vineyard  (1)*
Ventosa Vineyards  (46)*