Making use of its location in the Finger Lakes wine country of New York State, Watkins Glen International (WGI) will feature a Wine Garden again this year as part of the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix weekend, September 5-7. The announcement was made via press release from the race track on Wednesday, August 27.
According to WGI, the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver will feature, on Sunday only, a return of The Wine Garden, an area located behind the Pit Terrace grandstands. The Wine Garden will host wine tastings from Finger Lakes wineries including : Glenora Wine Cellars, Pleasant Valley Wine Company, and Standing Stone Vineyards.
President of WGI, Michael Printup, commented, "This event celebrates our racing history at WGI and the heritage of our wonderful Upstate New York community. We are located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, and sponsored by a renowned winery as well as a prominent regional business."
Printup continued, "We started the Wine Garden last year to give our fans a taste of the region and it has become a fantastic addition to this marquee event." The feature complements the downtown Grand Prix Festival that takes place on Friday only of vintage weekend.
Featuring a large shade tent with indoor and outdoor seating, the Wine Garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday only. In addition to tastings, visitors will be able to purchase wine from local wineries.
The Wine Garden continues the track's inclusion of area wineries in its events that draw visitors to the race track and the region. In the summer, the racing facility plays host to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, where over 90 regional wineries showcase their wares. Visitors arrive by the busload for that event, while others camp on the premises.
The Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver is an annual historic racing event held each September at Watkins Glen International. Hundreds of historic and vintage race cars are raced by their owners and others around the historic 3.4-mile circuit. On Friday downtown in the village, a re-enactment of the original 1948 Watkins Glen street race takes place.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison is the Grand Marshal of this year's event. Special guests include sports car racers, Ricky and Jordan Taylor, who were at the Glen earlier in the season to compete in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.