Events

JANUARY 2018 PASSPORT

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.

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TASTE OF THE MOUNTAINS MENLO PARK

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents the fourth Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, December 2 in Downtown Menlo Park from 1-4:30pm. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation.

Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Santa Cruz Avenue. Check in for your wristband, glass, and a map of the pouring locations – then kick-off the season and enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering. Purchase your favorites from the bottle booth for Christmas and stay downtown for a dinner or movie to follow! Tickets are $49 when purchased before the event, tickets purchased at the door are $55.

Traditionally considered the “Capital of Venture Capital”, the City of Menlo Park is also home to industry-leading tech companies like Facebook and SRI. Downtown Menlo Park is known for its quaint shops, great restaurants and high-end home decor. The City is the perfect backdrop for this elegant event. The December 2nd Wine Walk is the perfect complement to a weekend of holiday cheer, which includes a Friday night tree-lighting and Saturday morning breakfast with Santa. It is sure to be a merry weekend for the entire family.

TasteOfTheMountainsMenloPark_Logo-012017 Wine Walk Participating Wineries

Big Basin Vineyards
Cinnabar Winery
Kings Mountain Vineyards
Left Bend Winery
Loma Prieta Winery
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
Naumann Vineyards
Portola Vineyards
Roudon-Smith Winery
Ser Winery
Silvertip Vineyards

Participating Businesses

Art Ventures Gallery
A.Space
Ceci Wong
Cheeky Monkey
Fleet Feet
Frosch
Menlo Hardwoods
Peabody Fine Art & Framing
Rococo & Taupe
The Oriental Carpet

 

Downtown Menlo Park shops and restaurants are open to the general public of all ages during the wine walk and those under 21 may attend the tasting areas. You must be 21 to purchase wine tasting glasses and wristbands. Tasting areas are unrestricted but wine is not permitted outside of designated areas. The tasting is available only to those with valid event bracelets.

About the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation
For over 30 years, the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) has furthered the mission of Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) to provide an exceptional education for 3000 students at Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview schools. Working with the entire community, which includes parents and local businesses, the MPAEF makes it possible for each child in the district to benefit from 32 best-in-class teachers and their professional development, innovative classroom techniques, and credentialed specialists in arts, sciences, libraries, technology and emotional wellness. We support academic excellence for the whole child, inside and out.

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