Halftime & Wine Weekend

Effective 1/12/18 at 12:44pm EST: Despite the gnarly weather currently being predicted, this weekend’s Halftime & Wine Weekend will still be taking place! Please review this brief letter (2018_Halftime_Wine_Weather_Concerns) for more details.

Effective 1/13/18 at 7:29am EST: While it is certainly a winter wonderland here on the Trail this morning, at least here in Watkins Glen at the southern end, the roads are well plowed and definitely passable. My nighttime drive into the office early this morning from Ithaca, over some winding, steep country roads required me to drive a little more slowly than usual, but was not scary. And as expected, the dedicated county employees that help keep our roads safe are hard at work.

Dates: January 12-14, 2018

Time: Friday, Noon -5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $40 single ticket/$30 designated driver/non-taster ticket.
Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are valid for all 2 ½ days. Come for one day or the whole weekend! 

While advanced tickets sales have ended, most participating wineries will have tickets to sell during the event itself. If you plan on purchasing tickets during the event, we recommend you contact the winery nearest to you and make sure they still have some for sale. This list is accurate as of 1/10/18.
25 available at Serenity Vineyards, 315-536-6701
6 available at Seneca Shore Wine Cellars, 315-536-0882
12 available at Torrey Ridge Winery, 315-536-1210
27 available at Earle Estate Meadery, 315-536-3755
25 available at Fruit Yard Winery, 607-243-8866
2 available at Glenora Wine Cellars, 607-243-5511
12 available at Fulkerson Winery, 607-243-7883
15 available at Rock Stream Vineyards, 607-243-5395
3 available at Castel Grisch Winery, 607-535-9614
14 available at Catharine Valley Winery, 607-546-5300
8 available at J.R. Dill Winery, 607-546-5757
4 available at Atwater Estate vineyards, 607-546-8463
22 available at Chateau LaFayette Reneau, 607-546-2062
22 available at Leidenfrost Vineyards, 607-546-2800
14 available at Bagley’s Poplar Ridge Vineyards, 607-582-6421
10 available at Wagner Vineyards, 607-582-6450

Event Information. Celebrate your favorite athletic team, while our wineries celebrate theirs! College, professional, amateur, football, baseball, hockey and everything between! Participating wineries will be pairing their wines with dishes specifically prepared for sports parties, with a variety of fun finger foods.  Come out and enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake, sampling delicious foods and wines at our many participating wineries.

You may check in at any time during the event hours. Once you are checked in, you can visit the remaining wineries, in whichever order you like, at your leisure. Just go to your starting winery, pick up your modest gift item, then start sampling dishes paired with delicious wines. Each attendee will enjoy a sample of food served by the winery, paired with 3 modest samples of wine intended to complement that dish best. If you purchased a designated driver/non-taster ticket you are a VIP and we thank you for making our events safer for your family and friends. You will be offered an alternative, non-alcoholic beverage to pair with your food sample. With so many wineries participating in our events attendees oftentimes visit many wineries in a day, therefore entire flights of wine samples are not served during the event. Certainly if you’re especially enthusiastic about the complementary samples you enjoyed, you will be permitted to purchase an entire flight of wine samples.

Recipes. Click here for a copy of our event cookbook. 

Proof of I.D. Please bring proof that you are 21 years of age or older. Each winery is individually responsible for checking the age of customers, to make sure they are at least 21 years old, so it is possible that you may be proofed at more than one winery.

Group Size Policies.  Groups of 19 or fewer people can attend the event together without having to make appointments at the wineries.  However groups of 20 and up to 40 people will be accepted only if routed by the Trail office and only a few large groups are permitted to attend this event.  All large groups must be booked 28 days prior to the event weekend.  Few large groups are permitted and we reserve the right to limit the number of large groups and motor coaches purchasing tickets to our events to four.  Please call Glenda Stermer-Simpson toll-free to inquire about large group event details at 877-536-2717.

Purchasing Tickets and Check-in.  Please note that tickets are non-refundable. Tickets do not include lodging or transportation. Advance ticket sales end by Noon EST the Wednesday before the event weekend. After that, for events that are not sold out, tickets will be available to purchase at a few designated wineries. Discount codes are not valid after an order is placed or for tickets purchased during the event.

You must select a winery to start the event, and get checked in. As the purchaser you will present your state-issued ID (driver’s license) at your starting winery and their staff will have your actual tickets prepared and ready to hand to you. If there is a gift item for the event, you will pick that up as well. Participating wineries will require that you have your actual cardstock tickets before you can begin enjoying the event. Printouts of the confirmation email from ShowClix do not qualify as tickets. Tickets will list the participating wineries along with event parameters and a mini-map on the back.

Each starting winery is given a limited quantity of tickets.  Because of this, it is even more important that groups of attendees purchase their tickets on one order to guarantee that all attendees will have the exact same starting winery. Lastly, bundles of tickets can only be picked up by the person who purchased them.

Sometimes our events sell out, so you should purchase your tickets well in advance of the event itself. If you have any questions about purchasing tickets, please call the office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717.

Event Co-Sponsor: This event does not currently have a co-sponsor beyond the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. If you own a pertinent, regional business and are interested in becoming a co-sponsor, please contact Paul Thomas toll-free at 877-536-2717.

Please note the complete list of our member wineries to the left (when viewing our website on a computer, not phone) are not those wineries participating in this event. The list of potential starting wineries below is also the list of participating wineries.