ANNUAL HARVEST WEEKEND EVENT CELEBRATES THE AREA’S VITICULTURE
On Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10, the eight locally owned and operated wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will celebrate the grape harvest during the annual Harvest Weekend event.
The wineries will welcome wine lovers for a variety of different activities and features at each winery, such as wine tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, food trucks, and live entertainment. Some wineries will also partner with vendors in the state’s Pennsylvania Preferred program. (See below for a complete list of activities.)
Event hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. Harvest Weekend is a free event, however each winery sets its own fee policy for wine tastings, live music, and vineyard and winery tours. Please refer to each winery’s web site for details. Visit www.HarvestWeekendLVWT.com for complete event details.
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a nonprofit organization of 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. www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com.
HARVEST WEEKEND 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
Amore Vineyards, Nazareth – will serve samples of homemade lasagna with its Cabaret Amore wine.
Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli – will pair Bri’s Blush, made of a blend of Chambourcin and Vignoles grapes, with samples of fresh artisanal bread from The Wayfare Baker. They winery sells the bakery’s sourdough baguettes and will offer samples of other European breads for tasting. They will also have free music from Nick Lindsay on Saturday from noon – 4 p.m., and Sunday Blues with James Supra and Sarah Ayers performing on Sunday from 2-5 pm. Advance reservations for Sunday Blues are required, and a wine tasting is included with the $5 ticket price.
Clover Hill Vineyards, Breinigsville – will celebrate harvest with its new Harvest Sangria, which will be available to sample as well as for purchase by the glass. They will also have drink recipe cards available. In addition, they will have a farm fresh veggie wagon onsite from Bleiler’s Produce Patch for customers to purchase locally grown, organic vegetables from their neighboring farm.
Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor – will release its new shareable snack menu, and Potion X pumpkin spice wine will make its return to the wine list. Local craft beer and local vendors, such as Kendra’s Buttercup Bakery and McCollians Honey, will be at the winery, and autumn-inspired cocktails will be available for tasting or for purchase by the glass. Hayrides will be offered twice on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be winery tours at noon and 2 p.m.
Galen Glen, Andreas – will feature guided walking tours of the vineyard and wine cellar at 1 p.m. both days, highlighting the Troxell family’s stewardship of this land for over 200 years. Walking tours are about one hour in length, meandering through our rocky, hillside terrain and are given weather permitting. Please wear appropriate footgear. Tours are $5 per guest and include a glass of wine. Must be over 21.
They will also invite customers to “Taste the Grape, Taste the Wine” by sampling the fresh grape from which the wine being sampled is made (while grapes last). And the winery will offer a harvest cheeseboard of local cheeses and accouterments for sale to pair with wine by the glass.
Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown – is teaming up with Smokehouse Food Truck from Fleetwood to serve samples of their BBQ-inspired chicken and beef dishes which they’ll be pairing with the customer’s choice of either 2015 Pinot Noir (light, peppery) or 2015 Quaff (semi-sweet, fruity).
Tolino Vineyards, Bangor – will feature free live music on Saturday by George Baier, wagon tours of the vineyard at 2 and 4 p.m. both days, and vegetarian squash soup paired with Chardonnay.
Vynecrest, Breinigsville – PA Preferred Stuffed to the Grills food truck will be at the winery both days from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition, there will be a free Winemaker’s Tour of the vineyard and wine cellar both days at 1 p.m. Free samples of pumpkin whoopie pies will be available with tastes of Autumn Gold wine. On Saturday from 1-4 p.m., Anthony Cubbage will play music live in the Vyneskeller.