Escape to Lehigh Valley where you can enjoy delicious offerings from the nine family owned and operated wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail all year round. But just what makes the Wine Trail special? Here's five reasons to raise a glass to local, Lehigh Valley vino.

Great events take place all year round. From Wine on the Mountain to Nouveau Weekend, the LVWT hosts a number of events throughout the year where you can partake in tastings, food pairings, special releases, and more. Traditionally, six events are held each calendar year.

The Lehigh Valley is an official American Viticultural Area (AVA). Sounds fancy, huh? That’s because it is. There are only about 230 AVAs in the nation, and all must adhere to strict regulations. In order for a winery to label itself as a member of an AVA, at least 85% of the grapes used must be grown within the demographic region laid out by the AVA. What does that mean? You’re truly getting local products when you visit members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.Clover-Hill-Winery

All LVWT members produce a Chambourcin wine. The official grape of the LVWT, the Chambourcin (pronounced ‘SHAM-boar-sin,’ in case you were wondering) grape is the only variety that is grown by all nine wineries. In Lehigh Valley alone, there are more than 40 acres of Chambourcin grapes which ferment into approximately 150,000 bottles of wine. The wineries celebrate this grape during the annual Chambourcin weekend in October.

A visit to a vineyard provides stunning views. With some of the best scenery around, you’ll definitely want to make your way to the actual locations of the nine wineries. Take in the rows of grape vines on a warm spring day while you sample varieties of wine. Many locations even host live music and other events on the weekends.

Locally wineries produce award-winning products. With 10 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cups plus a slew of other awards under the belts, these wines are truly some of the best around.

And, you'll find plenty of other sources of fun during your visit to Lehigh Valley. Book a stay at one of the region's charming B&Bs where you'll be able to cozy up by the fireplace, enjoy breakfast in bed or even relax with a massage.Glasbern16-U-Firepit-2-XL

While making your way between wineries, why not incorporate stops along the Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour? This self-guided, fifty mile tour offers stunning views of the seven remaining covered bridges in the region.

And if wine isn't your thing, you'll still find plenty of opportunities to quench your thirst. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails at local distilleries including the Social Still, Triple Sun Spirits, and the grain-to-glass Eight Oaks Farm Distillery. For hopheads, sample your way through the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail. From Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot to Funk Brewing Company's Citrus IPA - you're sure to find something to satisfy.