Trail Events

Below are events that occur throughout the year on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. The majority of our member wineries participate in these trail-wide activities. The Trail also publishes tasting booklets, referred to as “passports”, each year which are a great way for locals and visitors alike who intend on tasting at 10 or more of our member wineries during the duration of each passport. To read more about our Polar Passport, click here. And to learn more about our Wine Weekday Passport, please click here.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail event tickets are non-refundable. Tickets do not include lodging or transportation. During most of our events, each attendee will enjoy a complimentary sample of the dish served by the winery, paired with about 3 different modest samples of wine intended to complement that dish best. Ticket orders will be securely processed online through our ticketing vendor, ShowClix. You will select a starting winery and this is where you will check-in any time during the event itself and receive your physical tickets. You will then be sent an email confirmation immediately after you’ve completed the transaction. Each starting winery is given a limited quantity of tickets. Because of this, it is important that groups of attendees purchase their tickets on one order, to guarantee that all attendees will have the exact same starting winery. Lastly, tickets can only be picked up by the person who purchased them. You must start at your chosen starting winery. As the purchaser, you will present your state-issued photo ID (driver’s license) get checked in, and winery staff will have your actual tickets prepared and ready to hand you. Participating wineries will require that you have your actual cardstock ticket before you can begin enjoying this event. Printouts of the confirmation email from ShowClix do not qualify as tickets..

Important, 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.

Important 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 (4). For questions about booking large groups for our events, or any question, please call our office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717.

2018 event dates are noted below for most Trail events next year. Tickets for those events are scheduled to go on sale in early October 2017. We will be releasing 2018 Deck the Halls event dates, and begin selling tickets to those events, in early December 2017

DECK THE HALLS, NOVEMBER 17-19 OR DECEMBER 1-3, 2017

Go to your assigned starting winery and begin a weekend of fun and festivities while sampling holiday wines and food tastings. The wineries are decorated for the holiday season. Over the 2-1/2 day weekend event, visit the participating wineries, receive a recipe book and collect ornaments to decorate your handmade grapevine wreath. These events are both co-sponsored by The Christmas House, located in nearby Elmira, NY. Cost $58 per person or $80 for a couple. 2018 Deck the Halls Weekend dates will be noted in early December 2017, as tickets go on sale.

Our popular November Deck the Halls Weekend event is, as of 09/05/17, completely Sold Out. Sometimes ticket holders realize they cannot attend the event, and hope to sell their tickets. For those folks, and people who still hope to purchase tickets to this event, we direct everybody to our fan page on Facebook where they can connect up. If you have questions about this process, please call our office during regular business hours at 607-535-8080. Click here for more information on the November event.

Click here for more information on the December event, or to purchase tickets.

BARGAIN BASH – JANUARY 6-15, 2018

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s 2018 event season launches with our annual Bargain Bash! Unlike our other events, this week long sales event does not require tickets. Think of Bargain Bash as being like a big, Trail-wide spring cleaning, garage sale where the early bird gets the proverbial worm!

Click here for more information about this event.

HALFTIME & WINE WEEKEND, JANUARY 12-14, 2018

Celebrate your favorite athletic team, while our wineries celebrate theirs! College, professional, amateur, football, baseball, hockey and everything between! Wineries will be pairing their wines with dishes specifically prepared for sports parties, with a variety of fun finger foods at all of the participating wineries.  Come out and enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake, sampling delicious foods and wines at 22 participating wineries. Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling dishes paired with delicious award-winning wines.  Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person.

Click here for more information on this event, or to purchase tickets.

SAVORY WORLD OF SENECA WEEKEND, FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, participating wineries will be preparing food from an amazing variety of different nations, with many of them decorating their tasting rooms in the same theme, pairings up samples of their dishes with their delicious wines.  Come out and enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake, sampling delicious foods and wines at 27 participating wineries. Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling dishes paired with delicious award-winning wines. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person.

Click here for more information on this event, or to purchase tickets.

FEBRUARY PREFERRED PAIRINGS, FEBRUARY 24, 2018

This is the Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s series of more intimate, smaller wine and food pairing events. Partnering with the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance, Preferred Pairings are a series of two, one day events, February 24 or March 10. Ten participating wineries will be matched up with a creamery, offering ticketed attendees 3-4 delicious pairings of regional cheese paired with our members’ wines. This series of events are co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance.  Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling cheeses paired with delicious award-winning wines. Regular tickets purchased in advance are just $25 per person.

Click here for more information on this event, or to purchase tickets.

MARCH PREFERRED PAIRINGS, MARCH 10, 2018

This is the Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s series of more intimate, smaller wine and food pairing events. Partnering with the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance, Preferred Pairings are a series of two, one day events, February 24 or March 10. Ten participating wineries will be matched up with a creamery, offering ticketed attendees 3-4 delicious pairings of regional cheese paired with our members’ wines. This series of events are co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance.  Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling cheeses paired with delicious award-winning wines. Tickets purchased in advance are $25 per person.

Click here for more information on this event, or to purchase tickets.

PASTA & WINE WEEKEND, MARCH 23-25, 2018

We are happy to bring back the Pasta & Wine Weekend again this year! Come out and enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake, sampling delicious foods and wines at 27 participating wineries. Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling dishes paired with delicious award-winning wines. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person.

Click here for more information on this event, or to purchase tickets.

SPRING WINE & CHEESE WEEKEND, APRIL 20-22, 2018

This is an incredibly popular event, combining the classic tastes of wine and cheese into one delectable weekend. This event is co-sponsored by our friends at Cabot Creamery Cooperative, makers of the World’s Best Cheddar, and the 600 NY Farm families that own Cabot.  It is a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake visiting 30 unique, participating wineries. Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling cheese-themed dishes paired with delicious award-winning wines.  Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person.

Click here for more information on this event, or to purchase tickets.

SENECA LAKE WINE & FOOD, MAY 19, 2018

This event is held in one location, Clute Park, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen and is scheduled for May 19, 2018.  Featuring over 200 different wines to sample, with many regional food vendors and other fascinating local businesses, along with live music. Ticket prices will be $35 tasting/$15 non-tasting, and the event will be held 11am – 5pm.  This event is generously co-sponsored by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Click here for more information about the Seneca Lake Wine & Food festival.

SMOKIN’ SUMMER KICKOFF, JUNE 8-10, 2018

Come celebrate summer, the many wonderful foods associated with this beautiful time of year, and the fantastic wines that pair with grilled and summertime foods!  Start your summer season off with this fun-filled wine and food pairing weekend, Come out and enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake, sampling delicious foods and wines at 24 participating wineries. Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling dishes paired with delicious award-winning wines.  Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person.

Click here for more information on this event, or to purchase tickets.

2018 Deck The Halls Weekends

More information on these two popular events will be released in the beginning of December 2017.

Passports

We also print two different passport booklets each year, that enable bearers to enjoy complimentary tastings at a variety of our member wineries. To read more about the Polar Passport, click here. And to learn more about our Wine Weekday Passport, click here.

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