January 27, 2015

Louise Heine
Destination Marketing Director
York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
717-852-9675, ext. 109 or louise@yorkpa.org

Andrew Staub
Communications Specialist
York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
717-852-9675, ext. 103 or astaub@yorkpa.org

YORK, PA - Sip, savor and explore over three weekends at the Mid-Atlantic's Premier Year-Round Wine Destination as the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail celebrates its 11th annual Tour de Tanks signature event from noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, March 5-20.

This year's exciting lineup features award-winning libations from 17 family-owned winery and distillery locations spread across southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. As has come to be expected, Tour de Tanks promises to take visitors beyond the usual tasting rooms experiences with the exclusive tank and barrel tastings that are the hallmark of the event, which runs noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

As visitors preview 2016's newest wines, they will hear winemakers' passion pour out during special tours or educational presentations that make Tour de Tanks a truly engaging experience.

The self-guided nature of the Wine Trail allows you to chart your own path across two states. Along the way, you'll encounter bucolic wineries, boutique tasting rooms and welcoming winemakers at every turn.

"With so many different sips and sights to savor, happy hours will turn to happy weekends on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail during our Tour de Tanks signature event," said Louise Heine, Destination Marketing Director for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We make planning your Wine Trail getaway simple with special Tour de Tanks packages that cover lodging and more."

From a pampering bed-and-breakfast experiences to a conveniently located hotel, we have the right accommodations to suit every wine lover's palate.

While in York County, you will find top-notch dining, charming artisan shops and more behind-the-scenes activities that truly make us the Factory Tour Capital of the World.

York County, Pennsylvania, is just north of Baltimore, with easy access from major metropolitan areas stretching from New York to Washington, D.C., and beyond. It's central location and easy access to major highways makes it an ideal weekend getaway destination.

Purchase your Tour de Tanks tickets online and choose where to start your wine-tasting adventure. Standard admission is $25 and includes a souvenir wine glass, wine tastings, light food items, winemaker presentations or educational experiences, plus an exclusive 10-percent discount on wine purchases. Visitors can gather collectible buttons in each region of the Wine Trail, while supplies last.

To ensure everyone enjoying Tour de Tanks has a safe and responsible experience, designated drivers now receive free admission, which includes light food, presentations and the 10-percent discount on wine purchases. It does not include wine tastings or a souvenir glass.

Anyone under 21 is required to have a wristband.

A full list of Tour de Tanks participants is included below.

The Mason-Dixon Wine Trail is promoted and organized by the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Official Tourist Promotion Agency for York County. Visit www.MasonDixonWineTrail.com for more information.

The York County CVB's Vision is for a York County where tourism is recognized for the value of its economic impact and its role in raising the profile of York County as a sought-after destination. For more information on the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, call 1-888-858-9675 or visit www.yorkpa.org.

Participating locations

· Adams County Winery
· Boordy Vineyards
· DeJon Vineyard
· Fiore Winery
· Four Springs Winery
· Harford Vineyard & Winery
· Hauser Estate Winery
· High Rock Winery
· Logan's View Winery
· Moon Dancer Winery & Cider House
· Mount Hope Winery
· Naylor Wine Cellars
· Old Republic Distillery
· Reid's Orchard & Winery
· Royal Rabbit Vineyards
· The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey
· Thunder Ridge Vineyards*

*New to Tour de Tanks this year