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”,  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.  Visit each listing for more details and a list of participating wineries.

DECK THE HALLS, NOVEMBER 16-18 – OR – NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 2, 2018
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.

Sorry but tickets and packages for both event weekends are now sold out.
More information on November 16-18 event, click here
More information on Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 event, click here


2019 EVENTS AND DATES HERE!  We are busy updating these pages with the intention of having most of them on sale by October 8 but it is taking a little more time than we planned.  We are diligently updating so keep a look out.

  • February 23, February’s Preferred Pairings
  • March 9, March’s Preferred Pairings

2019 POLAR PASSPORT- Valid 12/3/18-3/31/19
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.  There are 16 participating wineries with 4 having limited weekday hours.  Click Polar here for more information and to purchase passports.

2019 WINE WEEKDAY PASSPORT- Valid 1/2/19-6/28/19
Visit the Trail during weekdays, Monday, Tuesday, WednesdayThursday and Friday, for a more intimate wine tasting experience with far fewer crowds. At $25 plus tax, this passport gives residents and visitors alike a convenient and affordable way to enjoy many of the wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.  There are 17 participating wineries of  which 4 have limited weekday hours.  Click Weekday here for more information and to purchase passports.

BARGAIN BASH – JANUARY 12-21, 2019
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s 2019 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 Bargain Bash here for more information about Bargain Bash.

SAVORY WORLD OF SENECA WEEKEND, JANUARY 25-27, 2019
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 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 Savory here for more information and to purchase tickets.

CHOCOLATE & WINE, FEBRUARY 9, 2019
We  are thrilled to bring back one of our most popular events, Chocolate & Wine! Join us and enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake, sampling delicious wines paired with chocolate themed dishes a t 26 participating wineries. Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling foods paired with delicious award-winning wines. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $30 per person.  Click Chocolate here for more information and to purchase tickets.

PASTA & WINE WEEKEND, MARCH 22-24, 2019
We are happy to bring back the Pasta & Wine Weekend again this year! Enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake, sampling delicious pasta dishes and wines at 25 participating wineries. Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling pasta dishes paired with delicious award-winning wines. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person. Click Pasta here for more information and to purchase tickets.

SPRING WINE & CHEESE WEEKEND, APRIL 12-14, 2019
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 29 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 Cheese here for more information and to purchase tickets.

SENECA LAKE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL, MAY 18, 2019
This event is held in one location, Clute Park, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen and is scheduled for May 18, 2019. Featuring over 200 different wines to sample, with many regional food vendors and other fascinating local businesses, along with other entertainment. 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 Festival here for more information and to purchase tickets.

SMOKIN’ SUMMER KICKOFF, JUNE 7-9, 2019
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 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 Smokin here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Deck the Halls 2019 information will be updated and available for sale after the 2018 Deck the Halls events are over, usually about mid-December.  Here are the dates so you can plan:

  • November 22-24, 1st Weekend, November’s Deck the Halls
  • December 6-8, 2nd Weekend, December’s Deck the Halls
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