Carl Helrich, left of Allegro Vineyards, pours a glass of wine for Dick Naylor of Naylor Wine Cellars after the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Carl Helrich, left of Allegro Vineyards, pours a glass of wine for Dick Naylor of Naylor Wine Cellars after the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the new Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, Thursday, September 15, 2011. John A. Pavoncello photo

This month a lot more customers walk through the doors at Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery.

Jim Miller, the owner of the Wrightsville winery, said his business sees a big boost in March, thanks to the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail Tour de Tanks.

"It's a 50 percent increase for us," he said.

About 20 regional wineries are stops along the tour, which gives customers a passport to a month's worth of weekend events. From noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, guests can taste test, sample food and get a better look at how local wine is made.

The tour is hosted by the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau; tickets sell for $25 per person and $15 for designated drivers, and are valid all month.

Miller is happy there are five weekends in March this year.

The threat of a snowstorm, which turned out to be a bust, kept people away two weekends ago, he said.

But the better weather Saturday and Sunday was sure to bring in a bigger crowd, Miller said.

"January and February are typically slow for us because of winter. In March, people start thinking spring and want to get out more," he said.

The tour also brings more people through the doors at Naylor Wine Cellars Inc. in Stewartstown, said winemaker Ted Potter.

"We probably see 800 to 1,000 more people in March than we normally do," he said.

It's a great opportunity for the winery to meet new customers, Potter said.

"People travel in from Philadelphia and Maryland to do the tour. It's a big draw for local wineries," he said.

At Logan's View Winery in Glen Rock, it's one of a few opportunities to see where the wine is made.

The winery has a retail location in Brown's Orchards & Farm Market in Loganville and a satellite store at 16 N. Main St. in Shrewsbury, and does most of its business in those shops.

"Other than special events, it's pretty much the only time people can visit our winery," said co-owner Jan Markel. "People really like it, and so do we."

The weekend tours definitely lead to a boost in sales for Logan's View, she said.

"It's like having an extra two weeks of sales this month," Markel said.

For more information, visit www.masondixonwinetrail.com.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.