The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a non-profit organization of nine wineries whose mission is to promote agri-tourism and to create a premier wine destination and grape-growing region while promoting Pennsylvania wines from the region.
The Lehigh Valley region is an official American Viticultural Area as designated by the Federal Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in April 2008. The Lehigh Valley AVA includes portions of Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania. In order to receive the designation, at least 85% of the grapes used to make local wines must be grown within the region. Wineries in the region are permitted to list “Lehigh Valley” as the growing region on their labels.
The Chambourcin wine grape is the only wine grape that is grown by all member wineries. In the greater Lehigh Valley, there are more than 40 acres of Chambourcin which ferment into approximately 150,000 bottles of wine. Chambourcin is very versatile in the wine cellar and the wineries craft it into several styles of wine including Nouveau, Rosé, Semi- Sweet, Sweet, Dry Barrel Aged, Sparkling and Port.
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is dedicated to the promotion of its members and to the education of the public in general. In order to further these purposes the organization shall conduct promotional and educational activities within the meaning of section 501c (6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, including: (a) creating public awareness and (b) such other means as are appropriate and consistent with the restrictions set forth in the Articles of Incorporation.