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Thousands Raised for Local Non-Profits During Wine Trail Event

Niagara County, NY – Wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail partnered with local charitable organizations recently over Veterans Day weekend, November 11-13. The annual event gives back to the surrounding communities of the wine trail, spanning Niagara, Monroe, and Orleans counties, and including Erie County, where many visitors to the wineries originate.

During the Share the Bounty event, wineries accepted non-perishable items and/or monetary donations in exchange for wine tastings to benefit the food bank or nonprofit of their choice. During this three-day event over 2,500 non-perishable items were collected and over $9,500 combined was raised.

Non-profit organizations selected by wineries for this year’s event included: Roswell Park, WNY Heroes, ASHA Farm Sanctuary, Save a Pet, Response to Love Center in Buffalo, Meals on Wheels, Niagara Hospice, Hospice of Orleans, Lakeview Animal Sanctuary, and the Orleans Community Center.

Food pantries which benefited from the non-perishable donations and monetary contributions included: FoodLink of Rochester, Caregiver’s Ministry at Immaculate Conception Church of Ransomville, Peanut Butter And Jelly Drive, Calvary Cupboard, Big, Big Table Community Café, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Newfane Community Food Pantry, Kendall Community Food Cupboard, Wilson Community Food Bank, and the Gasport Zion Lutheran Church Food Pantry.

“The Niagara Wine Trail USA and member wineries would like to thank all of the participants who visited the trail during the Share the Bounty event,” said executive director, Cate Banks. “Our guests’ generosity is certainly going to help those in need this holiday season and in the year to come.”

The wine trail’s next event, Holiday Happening, is schedule for December 3-4 and 10-11. Tickets are on sale now for $30 per person, or $55 per couple. For more information on the Niagara Wine Trail USA and the member wineries, partner businesses along the wine trail, and events, visit http://www.niagarawinetrail.org.

Hundreds of non-perishable items raised for area food banks (top left) and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive (top right).
Hundreds of non-perishable items raised for area food banks.
BlackBird Cider Works raised funds and items for the Asha Sanctuary and Newfane Food Bank.
BlackBird Cider Works raised funds and items for the Asha Sanctuary and Newfane Food Bank.
Black Willow Winery donating proceeds from Share the Bounty to the Asha Sanctuary.
Black Willow Winery donating proceeds from Share the Bounty to the Asha Sanctuary.
Jars collected for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.

 

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Contact:

Elizabeth Maute, Media Director
e-mail: lizrose@niagarawinetrail.org

Holiday Hours 2016

For your convenience, a list of the upcoming holiday hours are below.
Please also check winery hours if visiting on dates not listed below.

**Fall and Winter hours are now in effect at several locations.

11-23-16 Thanksgiving Eve

  • 810 Meadworks, open 12-10pm
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Becker Brewing open until 12am for public party
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours

11-24-16 Thanksgiving

  • Honeymoon Trail Winery, Open regular hours
  • Lake Ontario Winery, Open 9am-3pm
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 9am – 12pm
  • All other wineries closed

11-25-16 Black Friday

  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Eveningside Vineyards, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours

11-26-16 Saturday

  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

11-27-16 Sunday

  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

12-23-16 Friday

  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

12-24-16 Christmas Eve

  • BlackBird Cider Works, Open 11am – 4pm
  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 10am – 4pm
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Closing at 4pm
  • All other wineries on regular hours

12-25-16 Christmas Day

  • All wineries Closed

12-26-16 Monday/Boxing Day 

  • Eveningside Vineyards, Closed
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Midnight Run Wine Cellars, Closed
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours

12-27-16 Tuesday

  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

12-31-New Year’s Eve

  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Freedom Run Winery, Open 10am – 3pm
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 10am – 3pm
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Closing at 4pm
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours

1-1-17 New Year’s Day

  • All wineries Closed

1-2-17 Monday    

  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Midnight Run Winery, Closed
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor, Closed
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

1-3-17 Tuesday    

  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor, Closed
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

1-4th, 5th, 6th

  • The Winery at Marjim Manor, Closed

 

Thank You Veterans!

Thank you Veterans and Active Military! 

This Friday (and all year long!) we invite our current active military and veterans to enjoy tastings and special discounts as a small gesture of gratitude for serving our country.

Participating wineries and discounts:

 

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
Free Tastings, Year Round

A Gust of Sun Winery
Free Tastings and 10% off wine purchases, Year Round

Black Willow Winery
10% off wine purchases, Year Round
THIS FRIDAY: 20% off wine purchases

Eveningside Vineyards
10% off wine purchases, Year Round

Flight of Five Winery
10% off wine purchases, Year Round
THIS FRIDAY: Free tastings for veterans & 1 guest

Freedom Run Winery
15% off wine purchases, Year Round

Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards
Free Tastings and 15% off wine purchases, Year Round

The Winery at Marjim Manor
Free Tastings and 10% off wine purchases, Year Round

Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Free Tastings and 15% off wine purchases, Year Round

Schwenk Wine Cellars
5% off wine purchases, Year Round

 

Share the Bounty Ensures a Bountiful Holiday Season for Area Residents

Niagara County, NY – The Niagara Wine Trail wineries have partnered with local food banks and charitable organizations to ensure a bountiful holiday season for area residents in need. During the annual Share the Bounty event, held November 11th-13th, participating Niagara Wine Trail wineries will be accepting non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations in exchange for wine tastings to benefit the food bank or nonprofit organization of the winery’s choice.

Canned goods donated during Share the Bounty in 2015.
Over 2,000 canned goods were donated during Share the Bounty in 2015.

Share the Bounty will be held Friday from Noon – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday from Noon – 5 PM and Monday from Noon – 5 PM. Last year The Niagara Wine Trail collected over 2,000 nonperishable food items and $12,000. Some of the participating wineries include (Sponsored Charities and Tasting Fees may be subject to change):

  • 810 Meadworks: All tasting fees will be donated to Hospice of Orleans. Or, donate one non-perishable, non-expired food item in exchange for one taste of mead. Food items will be donated to Calvary Cupboard Food Pantry in Medina (specific needs include pasta, jelly, cereal, canned vegetables). * Will open at Noon on Saturday, 11/12

  • A Gust of Sun Winery: A portion of our tasting fees will be donated to the WNY Heroes organization. Or, donate one non-perishable, non-expired food item in exchange for one taste of wine. Food items will be donated to a local food bank.

  • Arrowhead Spring Vineyards: All tasting fees will be donated to Meals on Wheels

  • Black Willow Winery: Tasting fees will benefit the Asha animal sanctuary. We will also be collecting donation items for them.

  • Eveningside Vineyards: Tasting fees will benefit Response to Love Center in Buffalo.

  • Flight of Five Winery: Tasting fees donated to St. John’s Outreach in Lockport or, donate one non-perishable, non-expired food item in exchange for one taste of wine.

  • Freedom Run Winery: Tasting fees will benefit Lockport Meals on Wheels.

  • Honeymoon Trail Winery: Donating tasting fees to Niagara Hospice.

  • Leonard Oakes Estate Winery:  Tasting fees will benefit Food Link.

  • Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards: Collecting canned goods or cash donations towards turkeys for the Food Pantry / Care Givers Ministry at Immaculate Conception Church of Ransomville. Also accepting donations of bags of dog food towards Mario’s Pet Food Pantry. Guests will receive one free taste for each can (up to four per guest) and 4 free tastes for each bag of dog food. All donation items must have an expiration date of 2017 or later.

  • Niagara Landing Wine Cellars: A dollar of every tasting will be donated to a young breast cancer patient; a Chinese auction will be held from Nov 11 to Dec 11 with proceeds going to the benefit as well. Collecting non-perishable items for a local family in need, and PB & J jars for the peanut butter and jelly drive.

  • Schulze Vineyards & Winery: Donations will be to the Newfane Community Food Pantry as follows: $3.00 or 4 or more nonperishable items for 4 tastes.

  • Schwenk Wine Cellars: All tasting fees will be donated to Kendall Community Food Cupboard.

  • The Winery at Marjim Manor: Trade (1) one taste per jar of Peanut Butter or Jelly for the PB & J food drive. All cash donations will be used to purchase peanut butter and jelly for the food drive.

  • Victorianbourg Wine Estate: For each non-perishable food item donated your tasting fee will be reduced by $1 (regular tasting fee is $3, so 3 or more food items donated will earn a free tasting). All items donated will benefit the Wilson Community Food Pantry at St. Brendan-on-the-Lake Church, Wilson NY.

  • Vizcarra Vineyards:  Tasting fees donated to the Gasport Zion Lutheran Church food bank.

For a complete list of wineries, tasting fees, and additional information about the Share the Bounty event visit www.niagarawinetrail.org. Tickets will not be sold for this event, so be sure to bring the requested non-perishable/monetary donation. Groups traveling by bus or limo must call and make reservations with each winery on their itinerary in advance of the event. Designated drivers and nondrinker attendees are welcome at the wineries at no charge.

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Contact:
Elizabeth Maute, Niagara Wine Trail Media Director
www.niagarawinetrail.org
e-mail: lizrose@niagarawinetrail.org

Niagara Wine Trail Invites Partner Businesses for 2017

Niagara County, NY – The Niagara Wine Trail USA is currently accepting applications for “Partner Businesses” to be listed in their upcoming 2017 brochure and website.

In the past, paid business and organization listings on the website and brochure were called “Associate Members.” The change in designation is due to several factors, as explained by Executive Director, Cate Banks.

“Part of the wine trail’s mission is to promote local businesses – like our very own member wineries – and drive visitors to the wine trail.” Cate says that describing these local listings as Partner Businesses now is “a call to action for our guests to extend their stay and discover the other local treasures of our area. Bringing visitors to experience the wine trail isn’t just about wine tasting, it’s about keeping them in our area and growing our regional economy.”

Each month thousands of visitors find their way onto the wine trail’s website seeking to get more information on the local wineries, find events, and plan their outing. Whether you are a local Western New Yorker, or visiting from out of the area, the “Plan Your Trip” section on the website and in the brochure can be a wealth of information.

“We have broken down this section into several categories,” says Media Director, Elizabeth Maute. “This section on our website continues to be one of the top five visited areas each month. Many locals will even pick up our print brochures and keep them for the year so they have a quick reference guide on hand, and to help plot their trip using the wine trial map.”

In 2016 the wine trail distributed over 100,000 brochures, and had thousands of downloads and views for the digital version. Print brochures can be found in local businesses and hotels throughout WNY, in tourism centers in Binghamton, Syracuse and Rochester along the thruway, and they were placed in and around the Cleveland area during the Republican National Convention this past summer. The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation also carries the brochure in the Niagara Falls Welcome Center. The trail hopes to expand this distribution in 2017 to more areas in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

A “Full Partner Business Membership” for 2017 includes a listing in the brochure and on the website with the business or organization’s contact info and a 100-word description. Partial memberships are also available for businesses looking for just a digital listing. All website listings also include the placement of a logo or a brand photo and a link back to a respective website and/or social media network. In addition to Partner Business Memberships, advertising space is also available in the brochure and on the trail’s website.

Applications for the 2017 Partner Memberships may be downloaded from the trail’s website (2017-brochure_form). Payments and applications are being accepted now, but a late fee will apply to listings purchased after November 15, 2016. All listings and advertising content will be due December 1st, 2016.

For more information, please contact the Niagara Wine Trail USA Brochure Committee:
Cate Banks 716-622-1832 / cate@niagarawinetrail.org
Elizabeth Maute 716-812-4866 / lizrose@niagarawinetrail.org
Ann Schulze 716-778-8090 / ann@schulzewines.com
Jackie Connelly 716-433-3360 connelly_10@msn.com
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