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Important Wine Touring Dates in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation:  Tours  |  Facts  |  Calendar  |  Wineries
Be sure to marke your calendars for the following special appellation events. These are great days to go touring in the Santa Cruz Mountains
 Passport Saturdays 
What: Four Saturdays each year, the entire Santa Cruz Mountains appellation opens its doors to visitors. Just about every winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains welcomes visitors either at their vineyards and wineries or one of several participating restaurants. Several of the wineries feature special tastings, tours, food, art or music. Passport Days are excellent days to be out and about in the mountains tasting wine.
Where: Participating wineries and restaurants throughout the appellation
When: 4 times a year on the 3rd Saturday in January, April, July and November
Cost:

$45 buys a passport from the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. The passport is good for admission and tasting fees at all participating wineries and restaurants. The passport does not expire, and can be used for tasting on future Passport Saturdays, and non-Passport days until it is filled with stamps from all the participating wineries.

Note that, if you're not interested in investing $45 in the passport, many participating wineries will accept their regular tasting fees in lieu of the passport.

 
 Pathway to Pinot Paradise 
What: The fourth weekend of March, the best Pinot Noir producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation celebrate the region's most well-known grape. On Saturday, participating wineries invite people to their wineries and vineyards for special tastings and events.
Where: Participating wineries and restaurants throughout the appellation
When: Fourth Saturday in March.
Cost: $25
 
 Vintners' Festival  
What: During the first two weekends of June, our appellation hosts its annual celebratory festival. This is the only event that outdoes the Passport Saturdays. Enjoy barrel tastings, food, music, art exhibits, winery tours, special tastings and more at wineries and hosting-restaurants throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains. Each weekend focuses on a different side of the appellation, with the eastern side wineries being open on one weekend, and the western side wineries on the other.
Where: Participating wineries and restaurants throughout the appellation
When: First 2 weekends in June.
Cost: $45 buys an appellation wine glass that is good for entrance and tasting fees at all participating wineries and restaurants for both weekends of the event.
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