On Our Radar: Taste of the Trail

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Always wanted to check out the wine being made in your own backyard (AKA on the Niagara Wine Trail), but didn’t know where to begin? It may be a first world problem, but that doesn’t make the struggle any less real.

Taste of the Trail, happening April 22-23 and 29-30, is the perfect introduction (or reintroduction for those of you who have been hibernating all winter) to our regions *bountiful* wine country – especially for all you foodies out there.

At Taste of the Trail, you’ll experience wine and food pairings along the Niagara Wine Trail, tasting a different sample paired with a wine at each winery. Explore half of the trail each weekend (see below for breakdown).

Tickets to this pairing extravaganzahhhhh include tastings of 3 wines and one sample of cuisine at each of the 11 different wineries each weekend, and a commemorative wine glass from your first winery.

Tickets do not include transportation, however, a list of suggested companies may be found here. Make sure to bring your photo ID, as it’s required in order to taste wine (because, duh). Designated drivers and nondrinker attendees are welcome at the wineries at no charge.

This event runs for two weekends from 10 am-5 pm on Saturday and 12 pm-5 pm on Sunday. For more info and to buy tickets visit niagarawinetrail.org/taste-trail


April 22-23 Participating wineries:

  • 810 Meadworks
  • A Gust of Sun Winery Spencerport
  • Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
  • Flight of Five Winery
  • Freedom Run Winery
  • Lake Ontario Winery
  • Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
  • Salamanca Winery
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars
  • Spring Lake Winery
  • Vizcarra Vineyards



April 29-30 Participating wineries:

  • A Gust of Sun Winery Ransomville
  • BlackBird Cider Works
  • Black Willow Winery
  • Chateau Niagara Winery
  • Honeymoon Trail Winery
  • Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards
  • Midnight Run Wine Cellars
  • Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor
  • Schulze Vineyards & Winery
  • Victorianbourg Wine Estate


Taste of the Trail

DATE: April 22 – 23 and 29 – 30, 2017

HOURS: Sat 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5pm

PRICE: Single weekend $25/person advance online, $30/person at wineries during event, Both weekends $40/person advance online, $45 at wineries during event

GET TICKETS: niagarawinetrail.org


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About Taste NY

This article was created in partnership with Taste NY, an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at a variety of venues throughout the State and at large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair and the Barclays Tournament at Bethpage State Park.

Over the last three years, the Taste NY initiative has seen steady growth and recognition. The program reported sales of $4.5 million in 2015 and nearly tripled those figures to more than $13.1 million in 2016. Today, New York products sold under Taste NY branding are available in more than 60 locations throughout the State as well as the New York State Office of Trade and Tourism in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For more information about Taste NY, please visit www.taste.ny.gov. Connect with Taste NY through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.




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