In its second year, our Vineyard Designate Experiences invite you 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 28th & 29th. Available a la carte for $50. Click here to purchase.
Saturday Designate Tour, April 28th
Pritchett Peaks Vineyard, Rockpile/Dry Creek Valley Hosted by Mauritson: 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 multiple wineries 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.
Tour begins at 9:30am. 13700 Rockpile Road, Geyserville.
Sunday Designate Tour, April 29th
Saini Vineyards Hosted by George Christie and Mike Saini: The Saini Family, celebrating 100 years of farming in Dry Creek Valley, will host this private tour and tasting showcasing wines from three of the family’s unique Old Vine Zinfandel blocks. Planted in 1930, 1942 and 1964, these three blocks have not only produced some of the finest Dry Creek Zinfandels, but serve as a warm reminder of the heritage of grape growing in Sonoma County.
Tour begins at 9:30am. 2525 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg.
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. Click here to purchase.
Saturday Tour, April 28th
Bradford Mountain, Hosted by Peterson Winery: Enjoy your vineyard tour with sweeping views of Dry Creek Valley. Join Peterson Winery founder and winegrower, Fred Peterson at his vineyard and home on top of Bradford Mountain. A true gem of an estate, that sits jetted out on the western edge of Dry Creek Valley, at 1,000 feet of elevation. Walk through the rows of the 14 varietals that grown on the property and taste wines maybe previously unknown, like Carignane and Petit Verdot. Make it a tour to remember.
Tour begins at 9:30am. 6309 West Dry Creek Rd. (Meet at 4791 Dry Creek Rd. ) Healdsburg.
Sunday Tour, April 29th
Owl Hill Vineyard, Hosted by Frick Winery: Taste Counoise for breakfast. Frick is a Rhône wine pioneer and specialist. This is a rare opportunity to visit the “backyard” at Frick Winery. Owl Hill is unique micro-climates dedicated to Red Rhône grape varieties. Stroll through Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsaut and Counoise with commentary by owner/winemaker Bill Frick. Touch the vines. Feel, smell and taste the terroir. For this short adventure wear shoes for hiking that you don’t mind getting dusty or muddy. In 1976, we sold our ‘57 Chevy and emptied our savings. We were broke but happy. We had a winery. It was heaven to us.
Tour begins at 9:30am. 23072 Walling Road, Geyserville.
Vineyard Tours are $25. Purchase before they sell out – sales start on February 1st at 10am PST.