Spring time for a local winery means the start of bud break on the vine with vineyards coming back to life after being dormant all winter. It’s the kick-off of the growing season with the promise that it holds for a great 2016 vintage.

To celebrate the season, the wine trail is inviting wine lovers to visit its nine member wineries on May 21 and 22 for the Spring Wine and Cheese Pairing event, where guests can sample complimentary pairings as follows:

Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth – will feature a wide array of cheese and crackers, paired with several different wines.

Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville – will pair Nouvelle Sunset Late Harvest with brie or Apple Raspberry with Manchego.

Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli – their 2011 Merlot will be paired with a wedge of Prima Donna cheese on a cracker, and their 2014 Sauvignon Blanc will be paired with a skewer of watermelon and Sartori basil and olive Asiago cheese. Cheeses will be available to purchase.

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville – will offer a free sampling of Riesling paired with a ghost pepper habanero jack cheese, and Catawba paired with Cotswold. Cheeses will also be available for purchase.

Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor – will welcome Aioli Food Truck for Wine and Cheese weekend. They will offer pairings of their wines with a variety of cheese spreads from Klein’s Farm. All of their wines, as well as a special Summertime Sangria, will be available for purchase by the glass to enjoy on the deck.

Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas – will have their white wine with a skewer of mild local German cheese, a strawberry and a basil leaf, and their red wine with a wedge of local smoked cheddar on a pita cracker. Cheeses will be available to purchase.

Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown – will pair goat cheese and apricot jam with Blanc de Blanc and 2015 Riesling. On Saturday they will feature a performance in the barn from The Brosky Meyer Trio from 2-5 pm. Also, the Stuffed to the Grills food truck will be onsite selling gourmet sandwiches.

Tolino Vineyards, Bangor – will pair various wines with an assortment of cheeses from BaD Farm in Kempton, which makes their cheeses from raw milk that they produce. Tolino and BaD farms are both vendors at the new Easton Public Market.

Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville – will pair September Farms Aged Gouda with their 2014 Lemberger.

Event hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. Note: while the wine and cheese pairing samples at each winery are free, many wineries charge a fee for wine tastings. (Limit one wine and cheese pairing per person, per winery.) For additional event information visit: http://lehighvalleywinetrail.com/events/spring-wine-cheese/.

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a non-profit organization of wineries whose mission is to promote agri-tourism and to create a premiere 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 a 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. www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com