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Winery Passport Program announced


Richard Hilske, Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers president, announced the kickoff of the association's 2011 Passport Program. The passport consists of a map of Nebraska showing the locations of Nebraska's wineries and tasting rooms. Upon purchase of wine or a tasting, the passport is stamped and participants are ready for their next location.

"Year four of the program features 23 Nebraska wineries and six tasting rooms, where participants can pick up a passport and begin enjoying Nebraska's wines. Nearly 28,000 passports have been distributed across the state. Our Passport Program is designed to encourage more Nebraskans to visit our award-winning wineries in 2011," Hilske said. Passports can also be downloaded from the association's website at www.nebraskawines.com.

"The NWGGA Passport Program not only promotes Nebraska wines, but also encourages people to visit communities and buy other products all over the state. It's a win-win for everyone," concluded Hilske.

In addition, Passport Program participants who visit at least 15 wineries and four tasting rooms during the year are automatically entered into a prize drawing. The 2010 NWGGA Passport Grand Prize winner was Shane Marquis of Lincoln, who won a weekend stay in a Nebraska Bed & Breakfast Inn of his choice. First prize, a case of Nebraska wines, was awarded to Karen Bullard of Omaha. Vicki Vonloh of Lincoln won second prize, a From Nebraska Gift Shop $50 Gift Certificate.

For more information on the NWGGA 2011 Passport Program, please visit www.nebraskawines.com or call 888-552-3711.

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