You don’t have to be fluent in French to know that Nouveau Weekend along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail translates into being a very good thing for wine lovers. That’s because it’s the time of year when the wineries release new wines.

On Saturday, November 21 and Sunday November 22, the nine family-owned and operated wineries that make up the wine trail will welcome guests for wine and food pairings as they debut their newest wines after months of testing, tweaking and sampling.

Some of the wines being introduced are Nouveau (“new”) red wines made from grapes harvested just a few weeks ago in their vineyards. Those wines have little to no barrel aging and are young and fruity.  They are meant to be consumed right away and not stored and kept for long periods of time. Other wines released this weekend are the newest vintage of an existing wine grape such as Chambourcin or Seyval Blanc.

The Nouveau Weekend event is our local version of the annual Beaujolais Nouveau wine release day in France, which takes place the third Thursday of November.  Nouveau wines are highly coveted and in demand throughout Europe.

The event is also a great time to pick up wines to be served with your upcoming holiday meals, as well as to give as gifts to colleagues, family and friends. For specific details on what each winery has planned check out this page of our website.

Hours for Nouveau Weekend are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The event itself is free but many of the wineries charge a wine tasting fee.

It’s also worth mentioning that this weekend is when passports for the wine trail’s 2016 Vino in the Valley program go on sale. Only 1,800 passports are printed each year, and they often sell out in advance of the March event. So get yours early if you want to join our wineries for four weekends of food and wine tastings while traveling along our trail. (Hint: passports also make a great holiday gift for the wine lover on your list.)