Passport Guidelines:

  • Passport Celebration Days are 4 times a year. 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.
  • 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 $55 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. 

For a list of participating Wineries click here. 

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



This event is not to be missed!  Join us for a 3 part technical tasting session on the History of Mountain Cabernet Winemaking in California, Regional Identity: Cabernet Appreciation, and Vintage Cabernet Tasting from the Santa Cruz Mountains. The technical session will be followed by a wine tasting with Santa Cruz Mountains Bordeaux producers and a strolling lunch.

Vintners in the Santa Cruz Mountains have been producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons since as early as the mid 1800’s. The Cabernets produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains have a distinct character and style that is original to this Mountainous region. In 1976 the Judgment of Paris wine tasting event helped to catapult Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignons onto the international stage when Monte Bello also known as Ridge Vineyards beat out classified Bordeaux estates like Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Montrose, Château Haut-Brion and Château Léoville-Las Cases in a blind tasting conducted by French wine experts.

List of participating wineries include: Bottle Jack Wines, Burrell School Vineyards, Clos Tita Winery, Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, Domaine Eden, House Family WineryKathryn Kennedy, La Rusticana de’Orsa, Left Bend, Lexington, McCarthy Family Estates Vineyard, Mount Eden Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards, Russian Ridge Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Silver Mountain Vineyards and Woodside Vineyards.

Cabernet Technical Session


9:35 to 10:00     History of Mountain Cabernet Winemaking in California     Speaker: Charles Sullivan

This session will cover the history of winemaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains with an emphasis on Cabernet. Tasting to follow. Charles L. Sullivan is the premier wine historian of the Santa Cruz Mountains. He has published a number of books on California wine, grapes and history.

 10:00 to 10:45  Regional Identity: Cabernet Appreciation

In this session you will learn to celebrate regional differences and the diversity of styles that are created from three different wine regions. Wines reviewed in this session will include Santa Cruz Mountains and Napa Cabernet’s with Bordeaux.

11:15 to 11:45  Vintage Cabernets from the Santa Cruz Mountains

This session will focus on the effects of aging wine, proper cellar conditions, basic service techniques and decanting while tasting vintage wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains from 1985 to 1999.

11:45 to 12:00  Q & A

wine harvest dinner


Wine Harvest Dinner

Join us for a wine harvest dinner celebration under the stars at the Sesnon House at Cabrillo College. Enjoy an array of award winning wines produced by our local vintners and culinary delights prepared by the students of the Culinary Arts Department of Cabrillo College. Ticket includes wine reception and a four course dinner. All ticket proceeds go to the Culinary Arts and Wine Program at Cabrillo College. Individual tickets are available or tables of 10. Individual tickets are $95 and a table of ten is $900.  Please contact the SCMWA office directly with any questions at 831-685-8463.

Wine Reception

Meet local vintners enjoy award-winning wines poured by  wineries from the Santa Cruz Mountains, including:

Along with your wine, enjoy exquisite plates created by the skillful students of the Cabrillo Culinary Arts program.

Dinner Menu

Hors d’oeuvres
Gougere with curried shrimp
Cauliflower fritters
Grilled Chicken, caramelized onion and goat cheese tartlets
First Course
Salmon three ways –  sous vide with leek beurre blanc, vodka and dill cured, and tartar with caper, onion, and dill
Apple, walnut, gorgonzola and arugula with walnut and Spanish sherry vinaigrette
Red wine braised short ribs, toy box onions and carrots, polenta with wild mushroom ragu, micro salad of celery root and mache
Assorted Cookies and chocolates
Santa Cruz Warriors

Taste of the Warriors

Santa Cruz Warriors

Raise a glass with us! And together, we will raise money for education and the Santa Cruz community. Enjoy food from local restaurants and taste wines poured by Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries, including:

Click here to purchase tickets.