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.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail event tickets and passports are non-refundable. Tickets do not include lodging or transportation. Orders will be securely processed online through our ticketing vendor, ShowClix. You will be sent an email confirmation immediately after you’ve completed the transaction.

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.

Participating Wineries. Please note that not all of our member wineries participate in all events and Passports. To confirm which wineries are participating in a given event, please click on the link below to go to that specific event page, and when selecting your starting winery to begin your ticket purchasing process, that list of wineries represents all the wineries participating in the given event. Likewise, on each Passport page, you can see a list of participating wineries, and their operating hours, near the bottom of those pages.

2018 POLAR PASSPORT- Valid 12/4/17-3/31/18
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.  Click here for more information on the Polar Passport, or to order copies to be mailed to you.

2018 WINE WEEKDAY PASSPORT- Valid 1/2/18-6/29/18
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. The 2018 Wine Weekday Passport is scheduled to go on sale online, and in many participating winery tasting rooms, on January 2, 2018. Click here for more information on the Wine Weekday Passport.

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 Bargain Bash.

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 Halftime & Wine Weekend and 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 Savory World of Seneca Weekend and 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 February Preferred Pairings and 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 March Preferred Pairings and 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 Pasta & Wine Weekend and 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 31 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 Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend and 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 and to purchase tickets.

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 Smokin’ Summery Kickoff and to purchase tickets.

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. Click here for more information on the November event. Click here for more information on the December event.

2019 events, and event dates, are scheduled to be announced in the autumn of 2018. 

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