The nine wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail debut the first wines from the new vintage and other new wine releases during Nouveau Weekend, the last Wine Trail event of the year. Nouveau wines are bottled very young with little barrel aging, and exhibit lots of fruitiness. They are light, fruity and semi-dry to dry red wines. The event is based on a tradition started in France and continued each year in which beaujolais nouveau wines are released the third Thursday of November. Nouveau Weekend is a great opportunity to purchase wine to give as holiday gifts or to complement holiday meals. Event hours at all of the wineries are Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.