Passport Day Returns to Local Wineries


A favorite among wine aficionados, the Santa Cruz Winegrowers Association kicks off 2013 with it’s first Passport Day on January 19. The annual event provides the opportunity for visitors to try special tastings at many of the participating wineries, including some that are not regularly open to the public.

Each passport allows for one free tasting at each participating wintering. Although the emphasis is on Passport Day, the passport can be used anytime the participating winery is open. Passports are available for $45 at each of the wineries.

“It just feels like the Santa Cruz wines—there’s always a heartfelt story about them,” Debra Szecsei, co-owner of Vino Locale, a wine shop Palo Alto that also specializes in Santa Cruz Mountains wines, told last year. “The people do it for the passion and the love of winemaking, not necessarily for the money. And that’s part of what makes it really special.”

The complete list of participating wineries:

Ahlgren Vineyard
Alfaro Family Vineyard
Bargetto Winery
Beauregard Vineyards
Black Ridge Vineyards
Bonny Doon Vineyard
Bruzzone Family Vineyards – Pouring at Rancho Don Bosco, 1690 Glen Canyon Road, Sant Cruz
Burrell School Vineyards
Byington Vineyard & Winery
Cinnabar Vineyards & Winery
Clos LaChance
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
Dancing Creek Winery
David Bruce Winery
Domenico Winery
Downhill Winery at Byington Winery
Equinox Wine Cellars
Fernwood Cellars
Hallcrest Vineyards – Hallcrest is unable to accommodate tour buses & limousines
House Family Winery
La Honda Winery – Closed for January Passport
La Nebbia Winery
Loma Prieta Winery
Martin Ranch Winery- Martin Ranch is unable to accommodate tour buses over 24 ft.
McHenry Vineyard
MJA Vineyards Participating at both locations
Muccigrosso Vineyards pouring at Byington Vineyard & Winery
The Mountain Winery
Naumann Vineyards
Nicholson Vineyards
Pelican Ranch Winery
Picchetti Winery
Pinder Winery
Poetic Cellars 5000 N. Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel (831) 462-3478
Ridge Vineyards
Roudon Smith Winery
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Sante Arcangeli Family Wines – Pouring at Beauregard Vineyards
Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Sones Cellars
Storrs Winery
Thomas Fogarty
Trout Gulch Vineyards @ Equinox Wine Cellars
Zayante Vineyards

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