Passport Celebration Days to the Santa Cruz Mountains was introduced in 1993, by the Winegrowers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Over the last 20 years the event has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy wines produced by our legendary, artisan winemakers all within the idyllic Santa Cruz Mountains. With the purchase of a Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains Passport wine enthusiasts can visit the participating wineries all year round.

In addition, four times a year the winegrowing community of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region on Passport Celebration Days. On the third Saturday of January, April, July and November, our participating wineries welcome passport aficionados into their 50+ tasting rooms throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique Passport Celebration Day winery experience. The possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable day no matter if you go wine tasting on Passport Days or any other day or weekend throughout the year. Enjoy!

See Event Details Below:

  • With your passport you can visit our participating wineries all year round depending their hours.
  • Passport Celebration Days are the third Saturday of January, April, July and November.
  • Passports are valid for two years from the date of purchase and entitle the bearer to a Passport experience ONE TIME at each participating winery. Passport must be presented at each winery visited.  Wineries open on non-Passport days will accept Passports during their regular hours of operation.
  • Passports are good on any day besides Passport Days. Please check our participating wineries for their hours.
  • Wineries generally closed to the public are only open on Passport Days.
  • Use the map in the Passport as a rough guide only. Please make sure to read the directions for each individual winery. For a copy of the map, please click here.
  • At each winery you visit, a page of your Passport will be given a unique commemorative stamp.
  • Passports ordered online will be mailed one week prior to passport. Please make sure to purchase passports at least two weeks before event date in order for passports to arrive on time. Please make sure to provide shipping address. You can purchase passports at the wineries, but please call ahead to make sure they have them in stock.
  • Not all participating wineries are open from 11am-5pm on Passport Days. Some have elected to modify their hours from 12pm to 5pm. We recommend that Passport guests call participating wineries for exact hours.
  • Many wineries have limited access and parking. Before hiring a stretch limousine or bus, call the wineries you plan to visit and make arrangements.
  • Passports are $65 online (tax, shipping and handling) or can be purchased at any participating winery.

*Passport rules are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA).  SCMWA’s Passport program offers invaluable information about participating wineries which include a booklet, map and webpage for easy navigation. It is up to the sole discretion of each participating winery to offer its own unique experience. SCMWA does not offer refunds or replacements for Passports, including those that are lost, stolen, or damaged.

For a list of participating wineries, click here. 

If you would like a digital copy of the Map, please click here.

Explore Santa Cruz County 

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Enjoy three days in the Santa Cruz Mountains while you learn, explore and taste the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced by our legendary winemakers.

Taste of the Mountains Pinot Paradise*
Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

Come sip, sample and enjoy three days meandering your way through the many Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Taste through barrel samples, enjoy the experience of meeting our winemakers and participate in personal tours of the vineyards.

Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

Last Year’s Participating Wineries:


 Learn, explore and taste Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced by legendary winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Pinot Paradise
Saturday, September 23 / Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15

Enjoy four days of festivities devoted exclusively to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Discover why this appellation is recognized as one of the world’s leading Pinot Noir producers. 

Events include:
Saturday, September 23, 5-9pm
Pinot Harvest Dinner at Lester Family Vineyards, Corralitos
Taste exquisite wines, bid on magnum bottles and celebrate harvest under the stars. Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour wine reception followed by a 3 course dinner prepared by Chef Tanya DeCell of Original Sin. All proceeds will benefit Hospice of Santa Cruz County.
$130*/$150 per person
*Pre-purchase by August 15 for early bird pricing. Menu to be released in early September.

Friday, October 13, 6-9pm
Reserve Tasting at Hollins House, Pasatiempo Golf Club
Taste premium Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from 20 winemakers from the Santa Cruz Mountains, enjoy a strolling dinner provided by Hollins House and bid on magnum bottles.
$70*/$80 per person
*Pre-purchase by August 15 for early bird pricing.

Saturday, October 14, 9am-12pm
Pinot Noir Technical Session at Scotts Valley Hilton
Join us to learn the history of our special AVA and meet some of the founders of the modern Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation. We will also feature an in-depth exploration of the geology that lays the foundation of our great region. A technical tasting to illustrate the topic will be a featured part of the event.
$45 per person

Saturday, October 14, 1-4pm
Pinot Picnic in the Park at Quail Hollow Ranch Park, Ben Lomond (original home of Sunset Magazine)
Bring your own picnic and taste Pinot Noirs from 20 vintners of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Tickets are $25 and include a wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased at $1 each.

Sunday, October 15, 12-5pm
Pathway to Pinot Paradise
Visit wineries along the Pathway to Pinot Paradise Wine Trail. Sip, sample and enjoy a self-guided tour from 12 to 5 pm by visiting the many Pinot Noir & Chardonnay producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Taste barrel samples, meet local Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers and partake in personal tours of the vineyards. Pathway to Pinot Paradise tickets are $25.00 each. Pathway tasting not included in Passport purchase. Passport holders must purchase Pathway tickets to participate.


Participating Wineries: