First-Ever Wine Tourism Day in North America to take place May 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Mital   
Monday, 06 May 2013 08:13

Creekside Vineyards Winery hosts Seasonal Terrace Wine UP for Local Wine Consumers

Quad Cities: The first-ever Wine Tourism Day in North America will take place on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 with wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses offering a variety of events to the public throughout North America. Creekside Vineyards Winery will be celebrating with its Seasonal Terrace Wine UP to mark this day locally.

“There are now over 7500 wineries in 205 American Viticultural Areas, 38 authorized wine appellations in Canada, and another 40 appellations in Mexico”, says Allan Wright, president of Zephyr Adventures, the active wine tour company organizing Wine Tourism Day. “Most of these wine regions and many of these wineries are dependent on visitors who sleep in hotel beds, eat in restaurants, and buy wine from cellar doors. Wine tourism is very important to the success of many local economies and is a subject worth commemorating.”

Locally, Creekside Vineyards Winery is celebrating with its 1st Annual Seasonal Terrace Wine UP at its vineyards in Coal Valley, IL. “We are ‘Wining UP’ for Terrace Season, which runs weekends from 1-6pm, May-October, at the vineyard,” says Jennifer Mital, co-owner of Creekside Vineyards Winery. “Visitors can enjoy local musicians, art shows, spa events, and our artisan wines.” On May 11th guests can revel in Music in the Vineyard from 2-5pm with Jordan Danielsen. And on May 12th, come early for Yoga FUN Day from 12-1pm, hosted by Indigo Wellness. May 11-12 customers also receive a free wine glass with a wine bottle purchase, and moms can enter to win a gift basket. These specials are also available at Creekside Vineyards Tasting Room, located on Highway 67 in Preemption, IL.

The idea for a Wine Tourism Day comes from Europe, where the European Day of Wine Tourism has been ongoing since 2009. Attendees of the 2012 Wine Tourism Conference, an annual gathering of the industry’s leaders, discussed bringing the concept to North America.

Wine Tourism Day is supported by a number of industry partners including, Touring and Tasting Marketing & Media, WineAmerica, the Wine Industry Network, the Wine Tourism Conference, and Zephyr Adventures, in addition to wine and tourism associations in wine regions throughout North America.

For more information on Wine Tourism Day, visit For more information about Creekside Vineyards Winery & Inn, visit

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