Hacking Passport Day!

by | Nov 13, 2018 | Wine Tours

Four times a year, the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (try saying that 5 times fast) sponsors the popular “Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains”. You buy a booklet (aka Passport) from the Association for $65, then the wineries stamp your Passport in lieu of the normal tasting fee. And since the passport is valid all year long, you can always visit the bigger wineries that are normally open anyway, so Passport is the time to focus on the small wineries that either do not have a Tasting Room, or are only licensed to be open for these special events.

It’s a fun quest to get the book filled in, but having a strategy helps since it’s a popular event – a little pre-planning helps!

How to hack Passport Day:
1) Buy your Passport
2) Look at the list of participating wineries, listed on the SCM Winegrowers Asso. website
3) Pick your faves
4) Sort them into 2 categories: always open to the public vs. only open for Passport Days (meaning, they do not have a public Tasting Room or are not licensed to be open for tastings except during these special events)
5) Select 1 or 2 (or more) from the “only open on Passport Day” list and plan to include them on your tour.
6) Choose one winery that seems like a place to have your picnic – or is at least located close enough to nearby restaurants
7) Plan the route, including lunch plan – and off you go!
8) Even better? Hire a tour company like us to do it all for you! Call our expert planners at 408-867-9661. We take groups of 10 or more and will plan the perfect Passport Day tour!