Vineyard Designate Experiences – New for 2017
With our new Vineyard Designate Experiences you’re invited to get your boots dirty at Dry Creek Valley’s acclaimed vineyards. Many esteemed wineries come to these specific vineyards for their unique terroir and characteristics. Hosted by legendary winemakers and owners you’ll taste through different personalities and styles of wines made from the vines just within your reach. Each vineyard delivers gorgeous, unique views of Dry Creek Valley and promises an experience unlike any other. Vineyard Designate Experiences begin at 9:30am and take place the mornings of Passport on April 29th & 30th.
Experiences are valued at $75 and are now available a la carte for $55 for a limited time only.
*Photo Credit: Kim Carroll
Saturday Designate Experiences, April 29th
Pritchett Peaks Vineyard, Rockpile/Dry Creek Valley Hosted by Mauritson (Pictured): Cameron Mauritson will host this exclusive tasting and tour showcasing one of the Mauritson family’s most unique vineyards. Take in the dramatic views and a rare opportunity to experience different expressions of the Pritchett Peaks Vineyard, as Kokomo, Dutcher Crossing, Seghesio, Bella and Mauritson Family Winery each will share wine they’ve crafted from grapes grown in different blocks within the vineyard. This high-elevation site is located in both the Rockpile and Dry Creek Valley appellations.
13700 Rockpile Road, Geyserville.
Puccioni Ranch, Hosted by Glenn Proctor: Celebrating over 110 years of History! Our great grandfather purchased the estate ranch in 1904, and we have been growing Zinfandel vines on the property ever since. Today the ranch is farmed by the fourth generation of our family. The Ranch is composed of a beautiful pristine valley with elevations from 400 to 1000 feet. Our Old Block was planted more than 110 years ago and is still producing outstanding Zinfandel. We invite you to our historic property – tour the vineyards and redwoods, discuss winegrowing on our ranch and taste the wines produced by the special place from the Puccioni Vineyards label and from acclaimed Martin Ray Winery.
22300 Puccioni Rd, Healdsburg.
Sunday Designate Experience, April 30th
Molly’s Vineyard Hosted by Wilson Artisan Wines: Our eponymous owner and winemaker, Diane Wilson, will guide this in-depth, hands-on educational experience. Examine the lifecycle of the vineyard, the vines, soil composition, terroir and sustainable farming practices and learn about what makes Molly’s Vineyard ideally suited for the production of world – class wines. Enjoy the beauty of our classic red barn and the breeze from the Russian River while Diane and integral staff provide a tour of the vineyard, planted to one acre of Petite Sirah and nine acres of Zinfandel. The tour will end with discussion and wine tastings featuring a selection of artisan and wine club exclusive wines from the property that show the true character and distinctive terroir of this vineyard.
Experiences are valued at $75 andare now available a la carte for $55 for a limited time only.
Vineyard Tours – New for 2017
Start off Passport by participating in a private vineyard tour. These tours give you an exclusive look at Dry Creek’s most scenic vineyards while you learn about vineyard basics, grape varieties and sustainability from the experts themselves, be it the vineyard manager, winemakers or winery owners. Vineyard tours begin at 9:30am on the morning of Passport and are the perfect complement to your Passport weekend. Tours are $25.
Saturday Tour, April 29th
Fritz Underground Winery: Vineyard tour will follow the path from grape to glass led by 2nd generation owner Clay Fritz. He will detail the history of his family’s winery followed by an in depth look at Fritz’s unique production facility. He will follow the path from grape to glass, starting with the crush pad and the path of the juice through their gravity flow facility and down into the cave.
Sunday Tours, April 30th
Nick Goldschmidt’s Salmons Leap Vineyard: Join international winemaker and vineyard owner Nick Goldschmidt for a tour through his Salmons Leap Vineyard. Bordered by Dry Creek to the west, Salmons Leap is one of several vineyards Nick owns throughout the world. Taking a global perspective of viticulture and winemaking, Nick will discuss how he produces the best possible fruit from his vineyards, no matter where the location. Topics will include pruning on VSP versus split canopy, water usage, best practices during the growing season, the importance of berry size and how proper viticulture practices can influence berry size, taste and so much more. Nick will also discuss the difference between Merlot from Dry Creek Valley versus Alexander Valley, and include a tasting of his wine produced from Salmons Leap Vineyard. Read Nick Goldschmidt’s full bio here.
West Wines Vineyard (pictured): Walking through the vines, you’ll be taken through the year in the vineyard from bud break to the end of harvest. You will also taste the wines from the different varietals West Wines grows as you pass them in the vineyard. Owners of West Wines, Katarina and Bengt, will discuss our sustainable growing methods, choices of varietals and how their vineyard practices impact how they make their estate wines.
Vineyard Tours are $25. Purchase before they sell out – sales start on February 1st at 10am PST.