Wow! Talk about a weekend? This weekend you have the opportunity to take advantage of a spectacular wine country experience. The wine makers of the Dry Creek Valley appellation are opening their doors for a once a year event.
Passport to Dry Creek Valley offers you a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the wines and wine makers of Dry Creek Valley. There are over sixty wineries and 150 growers in the Dry Creek Valley, producing a wide variety of wines, guaranteed to please any palate. During this special event the wineries of the valley celebrate the beauty of their valley, the magic of their wines and you, their patrons, with wine, food, entertainment and the hospitality which the Dry Creek Valley appellation has become famous for.
Your ticket will entitle you to exceptional tastings at all of the participating wineries. Some will be offering barrel tastings, wine and food parings, and library and reserve tastings.
Many of the wineries will be offering live music and other entertainments; belly dancers, mimes and circus troupes to name a few. Patrons have the opportunity to get “up-close and personal, with the winemakers and vineyard owners of the valley and learn about the history and culture of the wines and the valley it’s self.
The first Passport to Dry Creek Valley took place the last weekend in April in 1990 with nineteen participating wineries. A few hundred people attended. Since that time the popularity of the event has grown to such a degree that there are now some fifty participating wineries and over 6,000 attendees.
Although the appellation boasts many excellent varietals, if you are a Zinfandel fan, you will be happy to know that Old Growth Zins of exceptional quality are a specialty of the valley.
Dry Creek Valley. sports a rich agricultural history. The first farmers to the valley came, not as vintners. Over the past century the valley has sported such crops as wheat, hay, beans, apricots, prunes, peaches, strawberries, apples, pears, olives and numerous vegetable and herb crops. Some of California’s finest olive oil is made from gnarled olives growing at the southern border of the valley.
This is an event not to be missed, however a visit to Dry Creek Valley will reward you with many pleasant adventures weather you attend this event or not.