Public Sale Begins February 1st.
Presale tickets available beginning late November exclusively through participating Dry Creek Valley wineries.
THIS IS A SELL OUT EVENT. BE PART OF A DRY CREEK VALLEY TRADITION.
Learn more about Passport to Dry Creek Valley at drycreekvalley.org.
About Passport to Dry Creek Valley:
Passport to Dry Creek Valley was introduced in 1990, by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, as a time every year when the winegrowing community could come together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Dry Creek Valley wine region. Over the 27 years since, the event has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy a world-class tasting experience with a festive twist, all within the idyllic Dry Creek Valley.
Over one weekend, Passport guests are welcomed into 45+ wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley, each offering a unique pairing of premium wine, gourmet food and entertainment. Take a vineyard tour for a grape-to-glass look at Dry Creek Valley wine. Sample exclusive vintages, rarely available to taste. Meet winemakers and grapegrowers – the generations of people behind the wine and magical ‘Dry Creek Valley spirit’. Savor exquisite food and wine pairings from acclaimed chefs. Delight in discovering each winery’s unique Passport “theme,” a tradition of the event. The possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable weekend. Enjoy!
New for 2017
Vineyard Designate Experiences
With our new Vineyard Designate Experiences you're invited to get your boots dirty at Dry Creek Valley's acclaimed vineyards. Many high-end wineries come to these specific vineyards for their unique terroir and characteristics. Hosted by legendary winemakers and owners you'll taste through different personalities and styles of wines made from the vines just within your reach. Each vineyard delivers gorgeous, unique views of Dry Creek Valley and promises an experience unlike any other. Vineyard Designate Experiences begin at 9:30a and take place the mornings of Passport on April 29th & 30th.
Experiences are valued at $75 and are available first during presale only in First Class or Frequent Flier Upgrades.
Saturday Designate Experiences:
Pritchett Peaks Vineyard, Rockpile/Dry Creek Valley Hosted by Mauritson: Cameron Mauritson will host this exclusive tasting and tour showcasing one of the Mauritson family’s most unique vineyards. Take in the dramatic views and a rare opportunity to experience different expressions of the Pritchett Peaks Vineyard, as Kokomo, Dutcher Crossing, Seghesio, Bella and Mauritson Family Winery each will share wine they’ve crafted from grapes grown in different blocks within the vineyard. This high-elevation site is located in both the Rockpile and Dry Creek Valley appellations.
13700 Rockpile Road, Geyserville.
Puccioni Ranch, Hosted by Glenn Proctor: Celebrating over 110 years of History! Our great grandfather purchased the estate ranch in 1904, and we have been growing Zinfandel vines on the property ever since. Today the ranch is farmed by the fourth generation of our family. The Ranch is composed of a beautiful pristine valley with elevations from 400 to 1000 feet. Our Old Block was planted more than 110 years ago and is still producing outstanding Zinfandel. We invite you to our historic property – tour the vineyards and redwoods, discuss winegrowing on our ranch and taste the wines produced by the special place from the Puccioni Vineyards label and from acclaimed Martin Ray Winery.
22300 Puccioni Rd, Healdsburg.
Sunday Designate Experience:
Molly's Vineyard Hosted by Wilson Artisan Wineries: Description to follow.
Start off Passport by participating in a private vineyard tour. These tours give you an exclusive look at Dry Creek’s most scenic vineyards while you learn about vineyard basics, grape varieties and sustainability from the experts themselves, be it the vineyard manager, winemakers or winery owners. Vineyard tours begin at 9:30am on the morning of Passport and are the perfect complement to your Passport weekend. Tours are $25.
Fritz Underground Winery: Vineyard tour will follow the path from grape to glass led by 2nd generation owner Clay Fritz. He will detail the history of his family's winery followed by an in depth look at Fritz's unique production facility. He will follow the path from grape to glass, starting with the crush pad and the path of the juice through their gravity flow facility and down into the cave.
Nick Goldschmidt's Salmons Leap Vineyard: Join international winemaker and vineyard owner Nick Goldschmidt for a tour through his Salmons Leap Vineyard. Bordered by Dry Creek to the west, Salmons Leap is one of several vineyards Nick owns throughout the world. Taking a global perspective of viticulture and winemaking, Nick will discuss how he produces the best possible fruit from his vineyards, no matter where the location. Topics will include pruning on VSP versus split canopy, water usage, best practices during the growing season, the importance of berry size and how proper viticulture practices can influence berry size, taste and so much more. Nick will also discuss the difference between Merlot from Dry Creek Valley versus Alexander Valley, and include a tasting of his wine produced from Salmons Leap Vineyard.
West Wines Vineyard (pictured): Walking through the vines, you'll be taken through the year in the vineyard from bud break to the end of harvest. You will also taste the wines from the different varietals West Wines grows as you pass them in the vineyard. Owners of West Wines, Katarina and Bengt, will discuss our sustainable growing methods, choices of varietals and how their vineyard practices impact how they make their estate wines.
Prelude to Passport is Friday, April 28th
Kick off Passport to Dry Creek Valley weekend with a carefully curated lunch or winemaker dinner. This is your opportunity to enjoy carefully selected wine and food pairings and spend time with your favorite winemaker or learn about grape growing directly from the source.
2017 Prelude Lunches: Cast Wines, Collier Falls, Comstock Wines, DaVero Farms & Winery, Malm Cellars, Peterson Winery, Quivira Vineyards, Rued Winery, Trattore Farms, Truett Hurst Winery, and Wilson Winery.
2017 Prelude Dinners: A. Rafanelli Winery, Bella Vineyards & Wine Cave, Flanagan Wines, Michel-Schlumberger, Pedroncelli Winery, and Simoncini Vineyards.
To learn more about Prelude to Passport and for descriptions of all 2017 Prelude Lunches & Dinners – click here!
2-Day Passport: Your 2-Day Passport grants you access to 45+ wineries for gourmet food & wine pairings and live entertainment on April 29th & 30th. Select which winery you'd like to start your day at and then you're free to explore the valley! $135
First-Class Upgrade: New for 2017! Get the First-Class Passport experience by adding both this and a 2-Day Passport to your cart. First-Class Upgrade includes: 1x Prelude Dinner & 1x New Vineyard Designate Experience. These experiences are hosted by legendary winemakers and owners. You'll taste through different personalities and styles of wines made from the vines just within your reach. Experiences are valued at $75 and available only in first-class or frequent flier upgrades. $200 - Quantities are extremely limited; get access first during presale!
Frequent Flier Upgrade: New for 2017! Become a Frequent Flier by adding both this and a 2-Day Passport to your cart. Frequent Flier Upgrade includes: 1x Prelude Lunch & 1x New Vineyard Designate Experience. These experiences are hosted by legendary winemakers and owners. You'll taste through different personalities and styles of wines made from the vines just within your reach. Experiences are valued at $75 and available only in first-class or frequent flier upgrades. $130- Quantities are extremely limited; get access first during presale!
Sunday-Only Passport: This 1-Day Passport grants you access on Sunday, April 30th, to 45+ wineries for gourmet food & wine pairings and live entertainment. Select which winery you'd like to start your day at and then you're free to explore the valley. $80
Prelude Dinner: Start off your Passport weekend on Friday, April 28th, with a carefully crafted winemaker dinner at your favorite Dry Creek Valley winery. These dinners are intimate and exclusive opportunities to dine with the owners and winemakers themselves. For available dinners click here. $150
Prelude Lunch: Attend a lunch the Friday, April 28th, before Passport and enjoy an intimate affair sitting elbow-to-elbow with proprietors and winemakers. For available lunches click here. $75
Vineyard Tour: Start off Passport by participating in a private vineyard tour. These tours give you an exclusive look at Dry Creek’s most scenic vineyards. Vineyard tours begin at 9:30am on April 29th & 30th. $25
Designated Driver - Saturday/Sunday: Your Designated Driver doesn't need to miss out on all the fun! With this ticket they'll be part of it all, enjoy the entertainment and taste all of the food. Wine tasting is not included in this ticket type. Ticket holders must be 21+. $55 p/day
Be apart of Dry Creek tradition and purchase your tickets starting February 1st!
$3.50 ticketing fee will be applied to all tickets; CA sales tax will be applied at check-out.
Passports tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE; however they are transferable meaning you can give or sell them to someone else. You will note that you can cancel your ticket; however this will NOT result in a refund of any amount. Please see our FAQ’s or contact Debbie at 707-433-3031 / email@example.com for more information.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Passport is a 21+ event. Be prepared to show identification at each winery.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Passport to Dry Creek Valley does not provide shuttles or transportation between wineries during the weekend. It is your responsibility to drink responsibly; limit the amount of wine you taste by swirling, sniffing, sipping and spitting like the pros. Hydration stations are provided at each of the wineries.
There are a variety of transportation companies in the area, but they do book quickly! Please plan ahead to schedule a personal driver or add a Designated Driver ($55 p/day) to your group. Note that as an event, we do not accept buses/limos that hold more than 24 people. However not all wineries can accommodate buses and limousines so please refer to your Passport Booklet to be sure. Parking will be available at each winery.
What is the refund policy?
Passports tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE; however they are transferable meaning you can give or sell them to someone else. You will note that you can cancel your ticket; however this will NOT result in a refund of any amount. Please contact Debbie at 707-433-3031 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, but be ready to present your ID at check-in and each winery you attend throughout the weekend.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes. Please know which name your party is under and your check-in location ahead of time to avoid any confusion day of.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Debbie at (707) 433-3031 or email@example.com with any questions.
Click here to download all event FAQs.