Lehigh Valley Wine Trail
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is home to nine family-owned vineyards and wineries that have won countless regional, state, national, and international awards, including more than 50 for wines made from Chambourcin, its signature grape.
Designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2008, Lehigh Valley is Pennsylvania’s fastest growing wine region. The fertile farmlands of the area provide an ideal growing environment, and the area’s close proximity to Philadelphia and New York City make the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail an easy escape for wine lovers across the Mid-Atlantic region.
Nine Wineries To Explore
- Amore Vineyards, Nazareth | Enjoy up to six tastings for $5. Hours are Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Black River Farms, Bethlehem | Offers five wine tastes for $5. Due to the limited space, groups of 6 or more require reservations. Thursday & Friday: 1 - 6 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday: noon - 6 p.m.
- Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars, LTD., New Tripoli | Tastings are $5 for five wines (credited towards a bottle purchase), or choose to pay $7.50 ($5.00 credited towards a bottle purchase) and you get to keep your Blue Mountain Vineyards tasting glass as a souvenir. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily.
- Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville | Hours are Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sun. noon - 5 p.m.
- Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor | Visitors are offered up to six wines to try for a $5 fee. Hours are Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sun. noon - 4 p.m.
- Galen Glen Winery, Andreas | Tastings are $5, and hours of operation vary based on the season.
- Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Kutztown | A $5 fee per person is charged to taste wine, which includes samples of six wines. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Tolino Vineyards, Bangor | A basic tasting is offered in which guests can select three wines to sample at no charge. In addition, a premier tasting for $5 allows guests to sample six wines including premium wines and includes a souvenir Tolino Vineyard wine glass. Hours: Mon. - Fri. are 1 - 6 p.m. (with expanded Fri. hours until 8 p.m. in summer) and Sat. & Sun. noon - 6 p.m.
- Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville | Tasting is complementary. Open year round, seven days a week, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Fridays until 5:30 p.m.
How To Do The Trail In A Weekend
- Start at any winery, visit all nine.
- Consider beginning right when the wineries open on weekends since those days tend to be busiest. In general, Sundays are less busy than Saturdays.
- If you will be traveling all day long, pack a snack or stop by a local restaurant.
Wine Tasting For Newbies
If you’re new to tasting wine and find it a little intimidating, then just start with the 5 S’s.
- See. Look at your wine. Hold the glass by the stem and tilt it to the side. Look at the color. Do you see a color difference between the center and the edges?
- Swirl. Gently swirl your glass. This allows oxygen into the wine and opens the aroma. Don’t skip this step or you cannot proceed to the next one.
- Sniff. Hold the glass a few inches from your nose, then drop your nose into the glass and inhale. What do you smell? Most wine descriptions will state the aromas you should smell. Can you detect them, or do you detect others?
- Sip. Take a little sip and let it roll on your tongue before you swallow. Sipping is important. When you sip, let the wine be exposed to all areas of your tongue so you can detect sweet, sour, savory, bitter, salty, etc.
- Savor. Take a second sip of the wine and savor it. After you swallow the wine, note the finish and how long it lasts. Remember that it’s a tasting experience, so take your time and enjoy it.
Things to Keep In Mind
- No alcohol of any kind may be brought onto winery premises.
- Visibly intoxicated guests will not be served in accordance with PA laws.
- It is strongly discouraged to try and visit all nine wineries in one day. Anyone, regardless of whether they are the driver or not, can be denied a wine tasting if it appears they are impaired. Remember: little tastes add up!
- The staff/ownership treats the wineries as if they are their homes, which in many cases they are. As a guest, it's appreciated to have patience, consideration, and respect.
- Each winery sets its own policy regarding wine tasting fees and limits, as well as commercial vehicles (vans, buses, limos) and groups. Please contact the winery or wineries you plan to visit, or visit their websites, to find out what their house rules are before heading out.
- Beer / Wine Only:
- Free Parking:
- Parking On-site:
- Group Friendly (10+):
- Gift Shop: