Year-round passport

Wine Trail Pass now available

TRAIL PASS Wine lovers can sample the latest from area wineries all year long with the new Wine Trail Pass. Submitted photo

The Wineries of Santa Clara Valley have decided to discontinue their Spring and Fall Passport program in favor of a year-round Wine Trail Pass, which allows visitors a lot more flexibility to plan their visits. Instead of just two months out of the year, the Wine Trail Pass, which retails for $75 (plus $4 processing fee, if purchased online), is good for one whole year of wine tasting.

Stacy Giannini, director of marketing for the association, explained that getting to the 30-plus wineries in the program was just not practical over the course of a single month, especially since not all wineries are open every weekend.

An annual Wine Trail Pass grants access to one of California’s original award-winning regions. 

“We just came home with 106 medals from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, including three awarded Best of Class,” Giannini said. 

She pointed out that this is a $400 value for only $75.

The Wine Trail Pass includes three one-ounce tastings per person at the 34 participating wineries over the course of a year. Wineries will be selling and honoring the passes at tasting rooms throughout Saratoga, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy and Hollister. Three Trail Days will be celebrated in each territory on Feb. 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 7, with live music, food, discounts and more.

For more details, including a list of participating wineries and a map, visit www.santaclarawines.com/wine_trail_pass.html.

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