The Sayre Mansion is situated in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Our Bethlehem bed and breakfast has the advantage of being near many local attractions and points of cultural interest. One popular activity amongst locals and visitors alike is touring the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. This collection of local Lehigh Valley wine producers offers tours, tastings and annual events good for both inexperienced wine drinkers and those with refined tastes. To give you an idea of what you can expect during your visit, we’ve put together a short guide to the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail.
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is composed up of eight family owned vineyards and wineries that are committed to producing the best wines possible. The Lehigh Valley was designated as an American Viticultural area in 2008, which means it has the necessary features that make the conditions are ideal for growing grapes for wine. The members of the Lehigh Valley Wine trail are: Amore in Nazareth, Big Creek in Kresgeville, Blue Mountain in New Tripoli, Clover Hill and Vynecrest in Breinigsville, Franklin Hill in Bangor, Galen Glen in Andreas and Pinnacle Ridge in Kutztown.
Each year the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail has several annual events. A passport program during March allows wine fans to tour all eight wineries and vineyards throughout the month to try new vintages, pairings and participate in wine education. In May the Wine in Bloom event happens as bud break occurs in the vineyards. It’s free to attendees who want to celebrate the importance that soil plays in the flavor of wine. This year’s Wine in Bloom takes place on the 17th and 18th of May. In July Wine on the Mountain at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe is a festival with wines from the wineries on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail and includes live entertainment. Harvest Weekend is in September to kick of the harvest season. Chambourcin Weekend in October celebrates the regions official wine grape. Nouveau Weekend in November sees the debut of new wine vintages of Nouveau wines, which are bottled young and are not barrel aged to increase their fruitiness.
In addition to these annual events, vineyards and wineries that are part of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail offer tours and tastings regularly. For the full Lehigh Valley Wine Trail experience you should visit all eight of the wineries, although definitely not in the same day! We also recommend that you visit one of the many popular Lehigh Valley restaurants if you plan on making a day of visiting the wineries, as it can be dangerous to live on wine alone. It is ideal to start when the wineries open, which is most often 10 am on Saturdays and at noon on Sundays. Also consider that Sundays are slower than Saturdays, so you should consider a Sunday to avoid crowds and take your time. Many, like Franklin Hill Vineyards have retail stores of their own or are sold at other retailers so you can take a bit of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail home with you after your trip.
When touring the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, there is no better place to stay than the Sayre Mansion. Our guest rooms have a combination of old world charm and modern luxuries that will make your time in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley exceptional. Plus, you get the expert attention of the Sayre Mansion staff to give you the best tips and recommendations to make your visit a success.
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