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Passport to the Great Out There

Event Dates Change to July

Wine IS essential! To happiness, comfort and making survival food palatable.
However, the El Dorado Wine region, in compliance with health advisories, is practicing limited consumer interfacing. So though we cannot hang out with you in our tasting rooms and chat over a delicious glass of Grenache or Cab Franc, we would be thrilled to have you pick it up curbside or get it delivered through online ordering. El Dorado wineries are known for their creative spirit and grit—so please follow us on facebook and Instagram as we post individual winery online specials, curbside promotions, educational webinars, streaming winemaker tastings, and more.

The 2020 Passport to The Great Out There is now even further Out There!
Like everything else exciting and fun that we were going to do together this spring, it has been postponed. The new date is JULY 17th-19th, 2020. But now we have nothing to do but sit inside and think of more ways to make this the best event ever. So hang tight everyone and we'll catch up in July over chilled glass of Vermentino or rosé of the day!

For those of you who have already purchased tickets, please check your email for further details.

Passport to

July 17.18.19 of 2020

Explore the unrivaled beauty of El Dorado County one sip at a time with Passport to THE GREAT OUT THERE. Over 25 wineries will share their innovative spirit by not only providing incredible food and wine pairings but engaging you in an experience that captures the essence of their unique story. Whether it's live music, art demonstrations, historical tours or winemaking insights your journey to THE GREAT OUT THERE will create treasured memories of wine, food and fun.

Discover the back roads, hidden gems, secret experiences and surprises that make this unexplored wine region event a true adventure. Embrace the unknown and prepare to see a side of winemaking, terroir and creative expression you wouldn't expect in wine country. El Dorado wineries draw from more than just good wine making skills-experience the daring spirit, creative freedom, inspiring Sierra landscape, dynamic agriculture and the character-rich true-grit culture of this cult-classic mountain wine region.

Hours: 11am – 5pm


You don’t need a Passport to explore the back roads, hidden gems and secret experiences that make this unique wine region event a true adventure! All you need to do is choose which ticket works best for you and let the adventure begin! New this year is The Spirit Experience – each winery will be sharing an experience that defines their unique character! This could be live music, historical tours, engaging art demonstrations, winemaking insights, etc. These exceptional experiences will enhance your journey through THE GREAT OUT THERE and create cherished memories (or at least stories to share)!

Advance purchase prices

Prices will increase July 1

For all prices above: + taxes and fees

General Admission Ticket

Price: ($45 -$85)* | Choose between 1-, 2- and 3-day options

 Explore the GREAT OUT THERE with a General Admission ticket!  You will receive a commemorative wine glass and exclusive access to the offerings at over 25 wineries including outstanding wines, delicious food pairings and the exciting new Spirit Experiences!

NOTE: You will not have access to the VIP offerings at select wineries.

INSIDER TIP: The best way to explore THE GREAT OUT THERE is to review the offerings and plan your route ahead of time. Be sure to go at a leisurely pace so you can thoroughly enjoy what each winery is presenting. Having a hard time deciding where to go? Take advantage of the three-day pass so that you don’t miss out on any of the wineries’ incredible experiences!

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VIP Ticket

Price: ($65-$125)* | Choose between 1-, 2- , and 3-day options

Enhance your journey to THE GREAT OUT THERE with a VIP Ticket! In addition to the benefits of General Admission, your VIP ticket grants you exclusive admission to the VIP Trail. This is where the participating wineries are really stepping it up (and out)! As a VIP you’ll be given a special keepsake at check-in and get access to special perks such as: secret rooms; special pairings; barrel and/or library wine tastings; chats with winemakers, etc. THE VIP ticket is the perfect choice for passionate wine adventurers to experience El Dorado County wines like never before!

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Legacy VIP Ticket

Price: ($45 -$85)* | Choose between 1-, 2- and 3-day options 

For those who prequalified (by purchasing $500 of wine at last year’s Passport event), your Legacy ticket includes all the perks offered to VIPs at the price of General Admission! You must have your Legacy VIP Code and email registered with us in order to purchase these tickets. If you are in need of assistance, please call 530-409-8688.

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Adventure Guide—Designated Driver

Price: $20*

If you don't plan on wine tasting during the weekend, but you'd still like to join in on the fun, purchase the Designated Driver ticket for access to all of the tasty bites, entertainment and awesome adventures.

Purchase Tickets

Day of Event Ticket Sales

If you wish to purchase tickets the day of the event, please visit either:

El Dorado Wine Movement Center (Hours 10am–1pm)
304 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667


Skinner Vineyards & Winery
8054 Fair Play Road
Somerset, CA 95684

Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis—so don’t wait, because this will sell out!

*TAX AND FEE APPLY. All tickets, except those for designated drivers, are on a tiered pricing schedule. Prices will increase on January 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020. All purchases are final, and no refunds will be issued.

Accommodation Specials for Passport Attendees

Bella Vista Bed & Breakfast—10% OFF. Use promo code: Passport2020

581 Cold Springs Rd • Placerville • (530) 622-3456
Five acre estate property with a panoramic view of the Coloma Valley and American River. We have ponds, streams, waterfalls and a rock lagoon with water slide. The interior is graced with art and antiques along with well appointed rooms including all the amenities. perfect for family or business retreats.

Best Western Stagecoach Inn—15% off 3 night stay.

5940 Pony Express Trl • Pollock Pines • (530) 644-2029
Relax at our well-appointed California hotel and enjoy many abundant amenities on the property. Wineries, jeeping, skiing and white water rafting are just a few of the things you can enjoy while staying at this charming Pollock Pines hotel. We are close to Apple Hill, golf courses, and are pet friendly.

Historic Cary House Hotel

300 Main Street • Placerville • (530) 622-4271
The always original Historic Cary House Hotel is a calm and Quiet sanctuary among the Sierra Foothills. Our historic, smoke-free location, with spectacular period pieces and antiques dating back to 1857, is matched by exceptional service, dedication to detail and a friendly, comfortable environment with free Wi-Fi and free parking. Walk and experience Main Street antique shops, taste wine, olive, and cheese, browse art galleries, taste beers at local breweries, and forget time at wonderful coffee shops.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites El Dorado Hills—15% off 3 night stay. Passport Weekend Block Link.

4360 Town Center Blvd • El Dorado Hills • (916) 358-3100
Our award winning hotel is close to a variety of leisure attractions, such as Red Hawk Casino, Folsom Lake, Apple Hill, historic Placerville and more than 100 wineries. Our hotel's staff encourages you to enjoy our complimentary Hot Express Start Breakfast Bar, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and heated outdoor pool & whirlpool spa. We are walking distance to over 15 restaurants, shops and a movie theater. Book your stay today to experience quality at a price you can afford at our hotel in El Dorado Hills, CA.

North Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast—10% off 2 night stay, 20% off 3 night stay. Use promocode PASSPORT

As always, a gourmet hot breakfast is served each morning and complimentary wine and dessert served in the evenings.

3901 N Canyon Rd • Camino • (530) 957-6952
Peace, quiet and natural beauty await you in the heart of Apple Hill. Our contemporary retreat is set within a 200 year old conifer forest and close to numerous El Dorado County wineries. Enjoy clean, comfortable rooms with private baths featuring natural fiber linens. Start the day with Fran's gourmet breakfast - you'll be ready for a day of hiking, biking, golf or wine tasting - all located just minutes from the Inn. We look forward to your visit!

Ponderosa Ridge Bed and Breakfast—20% off 2 night stay.* Use promocode APR20

2360 Union Ridge Rd • Placerville • (530) 344-9220
Located amongst the Apple Hill Area ranches and wineries of Placerville in El Dorado County, CA. We are nestled on an 11-acre property, including 3 acres of an apple orchard. Enjoy home comfort with a fresh, homemade country breakfast made from scratch each day. We aim to provide an unforgettable experience. Each suite has a unique ambiance and is thoughtfully designed for your comfort and quiet relaxation. Stay in one of our three affordable rooms; each room has direct indoor and outdoor access. Sit back, unwind, and enjoy your home away from home.

*Must book 2 consecutive nights, same room, during the period of July 16th (Thurs) to July 20th (Mon).

Seven-Up Guest Ranch—15% off 3 night stay.

8060 Fairplay Road • Somerset • (530) 620-5450
Seven-Up Guest Ranch is a private and historic “Farm Stay". Our cabins are nestled in the rustic and charming foothills of Gold County in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We are in the heart of the Fair Play wine region. Stay in our renovated cabins and enjoy our farm fresh food. Experience the wines of Fair Play, the allure of the mountains and the retreat of the ranch.

Transportation Partners

API Limousine

(916) 852-5466 | (800) 422-5546
Sacramento’s Premier Limousine Service Explore the quality, exceptional service, and top-of-the-line value of API Limousine.

Destination Drivers

(833) 868-7733 |
Destination Drivers was created in 2010 to provide safe, affordable, first class private wine tour experiences and is proud to have served almost 40,000 guests with all five star reviews in Trip Advisor, Facebook and Yelp. We’ll pick you up at your home or hotel, open your doors, introduce you in the wineries, take your photos, carry your purchases, provide complimentary cold water and an optional gourmet cheese box, walk your dogs, keep you safe, and even help you plan your day.


Sponsorship Opportunity

Interested in being a part of this incredible? Sponsoring THE GREAT OUT THERE is not only a great way to market your business, we also have perks that you can pass along to your customers as well. To find out more please review our sponsorship package.

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