YORK, PA - March brings an opportunity to toast spring with an exclusive wine-tasting experience on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, as the Tour de Tanks signature event returns for its 12th year.
The event features 17 family-owned wineries stretching across southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The heart of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail runs through York County, one of Pennsylvania's top destinations for handcrafted wine.
The event runs noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, March 4-26. Wine enthusiasts and novices alike will enjoy experiencing the process of taking grapes to glass. Special tours of production areas will be offered at many locations, with other educational presentations found along the way.
Standard admission is $30 and covers all participating wineries over all eight days. Guests will experience special tank and barrel tastings, light food, tours and a 10 percent discount on wine bottle purchases, as well as receive a souvenir Mason-Dixon Wine Trail wine glass.
"Tour de Tanks takes wine enthusiasts beyond the tasting room and leaves them with a deeper understanding of the wine-making process," said Louise Heine, Destination Marketing Director for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which organizes the event. "This is one of the few times of the year you can step behind the scenes and see how wine goes from grape to glass, all from the perspective of the creative winemakers of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail."
Guests can choose their own path and visit as many wineries as they'd like over all four weekends.
Tickets are available online at www.MasonDixonWineTrail.com and at all participating locations. When buying online, guests must choose the location at which they'd like to begin, and then pick up their tickets there during the event.
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.
Guests can also visit the website for more information about special lodging and transportation packages. York County also offers top-notch dining options to cap an afternoon enjoyed on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail.
The York County CVB urges all visitors to enjoy Tour de Tanks safely. Designated drivers 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.
- Boordy Vineyards
- CrossWinds Winery at Hershey*
CrossWinds Winery at Hershey will offer vertical flights of its own PA Estate grown Riesling. Visitors will sample several years of CrossWinds' Riesling wine and experience the difference Pennsylvania weather plays in the wine-making process. A special tasting of the most recent Rieslings will be available only to Mason Dixon Wine Trail participants. The winery will offer treats specially paired to its Riesling wines as well as snacks to sustain Trail travelers.
- DeJon Vineyard
- Fiore Winery
- Four Springs Winery
- Galloping Goose Vineyards*
- Harford Vineyard & Winery
- Hauser Estate Winery
- High Rock Winery
- Logan's View Winery
Logan's View Winery will have a small scavenger hunt during Tour de tanks with the opportunity to win a prize. The winery will also offer blueberry brownies featuring it's Blueberry Wine.
- Maple Lawn Winery*
- Moon Dancer Winery, Cider House & Tap Room
- Mount Hope Winery
- Naylor Wine Cellars
- Spring Gate Vineyard and Brewery*
- The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey
- Thunder Ridge Vineyards
*First year participating in Tour de Tanks