Over the weekend, Passport holders are invited to take exclusive vineyard tours, sample rare vintages and delight in discovering each winery’s unique Passport “theme," a tradition of the event. Viva Las Vegas, the Italian Riviera, the Summer Olympics- the possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable experience for returning guests and novices alike.
Because Passport to Dry Creek Valley® has become a beloved wine tradition for so many, it sells out every year. We’re giving you early notice so that you can purchase you tickets now and be a part of this Dry Creek Valley tradition. A complete list of participating wineries plus maps and activity guides can be found on the events page at www.wdcv.com/passport.
Travel & Accommodations
Dry Creek Valley is located 70 miles north of San Francisco in the heart of Sonoma County. Direct flights into Santa Rosa, Sonoma are available on Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas. Visitors on these flights can fly a case of wine home for free.
Overnight accommodations are available throughout quaint, upscale Healdsburg. Just minutes away from Dry Creek Valley, this delightful town offers a luxurious blend of wine country history, art galleries and world-renowned dining and lodging. Guests can enjoy Passport to Dry Creek Valley festivities by day and Healdsburg’s sophisticated scene by night. Information at www.healdsburg.com.
Passport to Dry Creek Valley® was introduced in 1990 by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley® as a time each year when the community would come together to celebrate the generations of grapegrowers, vintners and families that are the heart of the Dry Creek Valley wine region. While Passport is a modern tradition, as is Dry Creek Valley’s reputation for world-class wine, the roots of the region reach back over a century.
From the establishment of its first winery in 1870, early recognition of the region’s Zinfandel in the 1890’s, the preservation of vineyards through Prohibition, and a revival of wine making in the 1970’s to 9,000 acres of vineyards and over 60 wineries today, Dry Creek Valley has a history as rich as the soil from which its world-class wines are born. The wineries are almost 100% family owned, with some boasting as many as five generations of winemakers who’ve passed down the tradition of excellence through the century.