Polar Passport

 Valid daily: December 4, 2017 – March 31, 2018

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 2018 Polar Passport will be available to purchase in early December 2017. 

Dates: Valid December 4, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Time: During each winery’s regular tasting room hours. See below for a list of participating wineries and their operating hours.
Price: $30.00 plus sales tax (one passport per person, limited quantity sold, and all passport products are non-refundable.) Passports can be purchased below and mailed directly to you 3 weeks in advance of your visit, or purchased at participating wineries starting in early December 2017, through the passport’s expiration, only while supplies last. 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.
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 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. Normal tasting fees at the wineries ranges from $3-$6 per winery for a standard flight of wine samples. 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.

Here is how it works:  A passport is a simple document that for a set price enables an individual to enjoy a complimentary, standard flight of wines at each of the participating wineries listed in the booklet, one time each. Once you’ve purchased a passport, you can visit any of the participating wineries during their regular business hours, at your leisure. Each winery will stamp the appropriate space in your passport.  There are no blackout dates, and they are good during each wineries’ regular business hours; 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 11 or more wineries in a given passport, make sure the winery stamps that separate, designated page in your passport. Mail that stamped page back to the Trail office by the due date, and you will receive a complimentary passport of the same kind, for next season!  Please review each page in the passport to learn more about the individual participating winery and any specials they may have.

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 product. That list of participating wineries, along with their operating hours, is below.

Participating Wineries and Hours. The following is a table summarizing both the participating wineries, as well as their published business hours. 15 wineries have operating hours daily throughout the duration of this passport, and 7 more wineries have limited dates. This listing of wineries and their hours specifically pertains to this passport only. Some wineries may be closed on major holidays, or may alter their schedule after this passport has been published, so please check with the wineries directly for questions about the specific dates and times when they are open.

 

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