Monday, July 25, 2011

Wine lovers unite at 8th Annual Wine on the Mountain festival this weekend at Penn’s Peak

The eight wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail take a road trip north to the Pocono Mountains this weekend for the eighth installment of its popular Wine on the Mountain wine festival.

The event takes place on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 from noon to 5 p.m. both days at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Wine on the Mountain features wine samplings and sales from all eight of the Lehigh Valley’s wineries, local artisans displaying their arts and crafts, and light fare available for purchase from Roadies Restaurant. There is also live musical entertainment both days with Bob Gonzalves performing on the guitar on Saturday and Chuck Donches on the piano on Sunday.

Vendors will feature everything from gourmet foods and dipping oils, to hand-made jewelry and scented candles. They include:
•    Watermark Glass Designs
•    Randi’s Gourmet Foods
•    Country Glo Candles
•    Princess and the Pony
•    J.D. Gourmet
•    Top Shelf
•    Larona Jewelry and Gifts

Penn’s Peak offers breathtaking, panoramic views of Beltzville Lake and the surrounding Appalachian mountainside from its large open-air deck.

Tickets are required for this event and are $14 in advance or $16 at the door the weekend of the event. They are on sale now at all eight Lehigh Valley Wine Trail wineries (see list below), as well as online:  Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Wine on the Mountain is a rain or shine event.

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a non-profit organization of wineries whose mission is to promote agri-tourism and to create a premiere wine destination and grape growing region while promoting Pennsylvania wines from the region. All of the member wineries have won numerous awards at state, national and international levels.

The eight wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail are:
o    Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth
o    Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville
o    Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli
o    Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville
o    Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor
o    Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Andreas
o    Pinnacle Ridge, Kutztown
o    Vynecrest Winery, Breinigsville

For driving directions to Penn’s Peak, visit their web site -

For more information on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, visit the organization’s newly redesigned web site, and connect with them on Twitter and their Facebook fan page.

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