seneca-lake-wine-trail.jpgRiesling to Visit Passport an affordable and convenient way to sample many wines Watkins Glen, NY - The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has announced that its popular Riesling to Visit Passport is now available and valid through Aug. 31. Similar to the Trail's surprisingly popular Polar Passport, this passport-sized booklet, only $12 plus tax, enables bearers to enjoy a complimentary flight of wine tastings, most of which include at least one Riesling, at 27 participating wineries one time each, anytime during the promotional period. Paul Thomas, executive director of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, said, "With modest tasting fees becoming increasingly common at wineries throughout the Finger Lakes Region, the Riesling to Visit Passport is a terrific bargain for residents and visitors alike. While useful for visitors to the region who plan on spending a day or two touring wineries, the Passport is an incredible value for regional fans of the Trail that plan on visiting our wineries more than once this summer. Not only that, but participants who visit at least 20 of the participating wineries and get their Passport stamped, can mail the stamped centerfold back into our office and be entered in a contest to win The Ultimate Cruisin' Weekend package sponsored by popular local businesses like Echoes of the Glen Bed & Breakfast, Quality Winery Tours, Wildflower Cafe, Touch of Zen, and Sunset View Creamery. It is seriously such a great package I wish I was eligible for it!" Customers can acquire Riesling to Visit Passports either online at, or purchase them at most of the participating wineries. Passport in hand, customers can then visit the wineries anytime between May 1, 2009 and August 31, 2009, get their Passport stamped by winery staff, and receive a complimentary, standard flight of wines. Customers interested in acquiring Riesling to Visit Passports are advised to do so sooner than later, as only a limited supply will be printed. From special Riesling tastings with some of the area's leading winemakers, Riesling themed dinners, to getaway packages including complimentary bottles of Finger Lakes Rieslings, there is an abundance of events and promotions all month long in support of the May is Riesling Month  promotion. Participating wineries will be flying their Riesling flags and there will be something happening everyday. Many Seneca Lake wineries will be offering free shipping on their Rieslings all month long, beginning on Friday, May 1.  Some restrictions apply.  Visit our website to find out which wineries are offering free shipping, Riesling is the region's most widely planted Vinifera varietal, with 523 acres. The microclimate condition and the slate soils that are so special to the Finger Lakes is exactly what makes Riesling thrive. Considering all this, it is no wonder why the Finger Lakes is one of the top Riesling producing regions in the world. The wineries of Finger Lakes Wine Country continue to be internationally recognized for their world-class Rieslings and are now making history. Finger Lakes Rieslings have been featured in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine, Wine & Spirits, Decanter, among others and have won many prestigious medals at wine competitions like Riesling du Monde. For more information on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, its member wineries, or the Riesling to Visit Passport, please call the Trail at 1-877-536-2717 or visit their comprehensive website at About the Seneca Lake Wine Trail In 1986 the Seneca Lake Wine Trail was formed in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes region to attract more visitors to experience its rich history, beauty, and production of world-class wines. Today, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the largest and most active wine trails in New York State with a community of over 34 wineries, a distillery, two breweries and a meadery. More information on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, including high resolution pictures of the Trail and our past events are available in their online Press Room: ###