Have you heard of the Nebraska Wine Passport? It is a fun and creative way to tour and taste Nebraska wines while winning prizes along the way. The Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division designed the passport program three years ago. New this year, the passport tours are themed so they can be tailored to a person’s interests. The Nebraska Wine Passport includes 24 wineries and 7 tasting rooms throughout the state and is presented to you by the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association and the Nebraska Grape and Wine Board. You can receive a Nebraska Wine Passport from any of the participating vineyards or through www.nebraskapassport.com. Then you carry your passport with you to each of the participating locations. Once you are there, you can take in the beauty and uniqueness of each spot, partake in a tasting or buy a bottle of wine then ask a staff member to stamp your passport. Passport Stamps from 17 wineries and 5 tasting room are required to qualify for the first prize, $50 in Wine Bucks and Passport Stamps from all 31 participating locations are required to qualify for $75 in Wine Bucks. Wine Bucks are valid for Nebraska wine purchases only.  Stamps are available through December 31st, 2012 and all stamped passports must be received by January 7th 2013 to qualify for the grand prize drawings.  For more information you can go to www.nebraskawines.com

One stop on the Nebraska Wine Passport list is the Slattery Vintage Estates in Nehawka, Nebraska. They have live music on Saturday nights, an extensive wine list, micro brews and food. The setting is within the grapevines overlooking the wooded rolling hills of Nebraska. With a modern yet rustic outdoor kitchen complete with a wood oven for pizzas, the Slattery Vintage Estates is a great place to listen to music, drink wine, and share food with friends. For a full list of bands and for more information on the Slattery Vintage Estates, please visit www.svevineyards.com.

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