Join us for Grape Days of Summer!
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, 2018
TIME: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
VIP Hour starts at 11:00am
Some locations are open later, check with the individual wineries.
WHERE: Placer Wine Trail – Auburn, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Newcastle, Meadow Vista, and Rocklin
Weekend Pass for 2 days – $40/person
VIP Weekend Pass for 2 days, incl Early Admission at 11am – $50/person
Sunday Only – $30/person
Designated Driver – $10/person
Grape Days of Summer is an annual Placer Wine Trail 2-day open-house event hosted by Placer County Vintners Association (PCVA). Enjoy wine tasting and food at every winery, music (at most locations), and educational experiences at participating wineries along the trail. Guests can learn about local agriculture and winemaking, combined with a unique and educational experience. Learn about winemaking techniques, equipment, grapes, farming, and more!
PARTICIPATING WINERIES: Bear River, Bonitata, Cante Ao Vinho, Casque, Ciotti, Cristaldi, Davis Dean, Dono dal Cielo, Fawnridge, Lone Buffalo, Mount Saint Joseph, Mt. Vernon, PaZa, Pescatore, Rancho Roble, Rock Hill, Secret Ravine, Viña Castellano, and Wise Villa.
Downloadable Grape Days Map
ACTIVITIES SUMMARY: With a paid ticket, enjoy wine tastings, food at each winery, and special educational activities celebrating winemaking and local agriculture – including items such as Vineyard Tours, Cork Presentations, Oak Flavors in Wine, Blending Seminars, Placer County Wine History, Vertical Tastings, and/or Barrel Aging and Sampling.
ACTIVITIES LIST BY WINERY Download Here:
Bear River – Time for a Picnic at the River! Bear River will be pouring 5 wines made with organically grown grapes, and have all the basics for a great picnic for you to enjoy. Learn about the herd of American Blackbelly on the property too. Stock up on Pampered Chef with Gary Gilligan and his clearance sale 12-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Save up to 80% off stock on hand. Limited quantities of the corkscrew we’ve been using in the tasting room will be available, as well.
VIP Offer: VIP ticket holders will enjoy 10% off any bottle of wine, along with access to a full lineup of wines available to taste.
Bonitata – Summer is perfect for sparkling wine! We’re doing a sparkling wine tasting of two to three sparkling wines, all on sale. There is also a big closeout on wines starting at just $10 a bottle. Also other wines will be on sale for 10% or more off retail price. Stock up now!
Cante Ao Vinho – Come taste the bounty of Northern California’s hot summer days during the Grape Days of Summer at Cante Ao Vinho in Rocklin! Cante will be showcasing award-winning wines including chilled whites, a refreshing Rosé and a white port, and three crowd favorite reds, including the release of our 2016 Barbera. Enjoy fresh herbed blue cheese and salami petite sandwiches, ripe peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon, along with some of nature’s other harvested indulgences. Local vendors will be offering samples of farm fresh pestos, olive oils, garlic and homemade jams and jellies. Stick around Saturday evening after the event for live music with Quarterhorse Drive!
Casque Wines – Casque will be featuring a just-released 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a full tasting lineup of our award-winning, 90+ point reds. We will also be providing small bites freshly prepared by our friends next door at the Flower Farm Cafe. Also, stop by the oak comparison table to taste the effect that different ages and types of oak barrels have on a wine.
VIP Activity and Offer: Enjoy a vertical tasting of our highly acclaimed Espion blend, including each vintage from 2013 through our not-yet-released 2016. See why the critics consistently give this wine such high ratings. VIP ticket holders will also receive a 10% discount on all wine purchases.
Ciotti – For Grape Days, join us and enjoy our wines paired with small Italian appetizers. Ticket holders will receive 10% off all wines, until 5:00pm. After the event on Saturday, from 6-9:30pm, enjoy a big Night Under the Stars with live music from Doubleshots Deluxx. Wine available for purchase during event.
VIP Activity: During the 11:00am hour only, we’ll be tasting our yet to be released 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. After 12pm, the wine goes away, so start here and you won’t miss out.
Cristaldi – The doors are open to one of the most exclusive wineries in Placer County this weekend. Taste premium single-vineyard estate wine that is organically grown and handcrafted in small batches. Reservations (click here) are required so we have enough room for everyone. Ask us about our olive oil too!
Davis Dean Cellars – Make sure you stop by this conveniently located tasting room, just across from the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis. Enjoy pizza and 10% off all wines to event guests. Special extra event offer: Buy 2 bottles and get your 3rd for only $1.00! Bottle must be of equal or lesser value.
Dono dal Cielo – For Grape Days, we will have one of our favorite local Lincoln restaurants, Buonarroti Ristorante, presenting a beautiful cheese display with aged Gorgonzola cheese, fresh raspberries, and crostinis. We will also have an educational presentation on: What is cork? Where does it come from? And, Why do we use it to close wine bottles?
VIP Activity: On both Saturday and Sunday (7/21-7/22) at 11:15am, owner Karen McGillivray will be hosting a Private vineyard tour to VIP ticket holders only. Check in early because this exclusive tour will start promptly at 11:15am.
Fawnridge – Fawnridge will be featuring 2 new releases for Grape Days of Summer: 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and a new Merlot. Food on hand will be chicken curry sliders. The white port will be on special, and you’ll get educated about the grape disease phylloxera.
Lone Buffalo – Roam on over to Lone Buffalo for cowboy BBQ bison sliders grilled to order by Gourmet Garage. Taste a great lineup of red wines and newly released whites including jbrand Just Torontes and 2017 Bison Blanc Viognier. Enjoy a sensory tasting experience of our newest release – 2015 Where the Buffalo Roam Rhone Blend and pick up a bottle of the 2014 at 30% off sale while supplies last ($20/bottle).
VIP Activity and Offer: Vertical Vintage (multiple years) Library Tasting of our our proprietary award-winning red Rhone blend Where The Buffalo Roam and 10% discount off all wine purchases.
Mount Saint Joseph – New location open! We will be serving guests “Henry’s Outrageous Meatballs” at our brand new tasting room in Granite Bay. Our winemaker, Peter Story, will be at Vin Uva both Saturday and Sunday describing the making of our Sierra Foothill wines and talking about his past experience of winemaking in St. Helena. He’ll be comparing and contrasting it with his new experience of winemaking in the Sierra Foothills.
Mt Vernon – Join us for this fun annual event! We will have appetizers and our meatballs will be back by popular demand. Our winemaker, Ryan Taylor, will be on hand to talk about the wines, answer questions about winemaking. Wine will be 10% off so make sure you stock up. We will also be tasting Cab Franc out of the barrel.
VIP Activity: Winemaker, Ryan Taylor will be giving VIP tour of the Cave at 11:30 each day. Mark this as your starting winery so you don’ t miss out!
PaZa – Join us at PaZa during during the Grape Days of Summer. We will be serving Sicilian pasta salad to pair with our Italian varietals and new Blanco Perfecto blend. Our winemaker, Zane, will be giving vineyard & winery tours on the hour, with selected library wine tastings. Come out & enjoy the view and your favorite PaZa wines.
Pescatore – Enjoy a taste of Tuscany. Try a few antipasti bites and dip your biscotti in red wine just like Nonna! The view from our tasting room is stunning. Located 10 minutes off I-80 in Newcastle, start here and you’ll be in the heart of wine country with other wineries a short drive away.
Rancho Roble – Cool off with us at Rancho Roble with a wine snow cone! Snow Dogs will be here, so you can enjoy food and also celebrate with your friendly furry friend (on a leash, please). Enjoy our Summer Sangria, Really Rosé, and Sauv Blanc, and Chardonnay, along with a vertical tasting of Barbera. Enjoy beautiful grounds and find a spot by the pond. Sunday includes a special treat of live music by Patrick Walsh 1:30-5pm.
VIP Offering: All VIP tickets holders will receive a special seat by the pond to hear Patrick Walsh on Sunday and will also receive 10% off all wines (including our wine snow cones).
Rock Hill – Stay out of the heat inside with us while we taste from barrels. You’ll have the chance to make your own blend of wine to taste. Choose from a couple different varietals until you get the perfect glass!
Secret Ravine – Secret Ravine is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will be offering an array of wines for tasting and purchase. Small bites will be available to compliment the wine. The owners (winemaker and staff) will gladly answer questions regarding the wine and the upcoming 2018 crush. We have a large variety of wine related gift items to choose from that create a special present. We have plenty of parking space and the picnic area is just outside the winery door. We are easy to find, just minutes from I-80, and across the road from Indian Creek Country Club.
Viña Castellano – Viña Castellano will be releasing our limited release Verdejo, each guest will receive a Sangria tasting with a dark chocolate dipped mini Belgian eclair and creme puff. Learn about wine aromas with an interactive game where you can earn discounts on non-limited release wines.
VIP Activity – Enjoy a private wine cocktail tasting at the island bar on the pond.
Wise Villa – Taste 5 award-winning wines from the California State Fair’s 2015 Winery of the Year. There will be free 12:00 and 2:00 tours to learn about the art and science of grape growing and winemaking! Reservations please – call 916-543-0323. Limit 30 guests. Tours are one hour long. The Bistro will have gourmet chef created specials for Grape Days ticket holders. Enjoy 10% off all bottles of wine purchased during Grape Day, but excludes Sangria and Cider.
VIP Offer – Special deluxe tasting at the table on the quarter hour 11:00, 11:15, 11:30 & 11:45 on both Saturday and Sunday.
*All activities are subject to change, and are individually run by the wineries, not Placer Wine Trail.
TICKET DETAILS: Includes admission to each participating winery, small bites to eat, and a souvenir wine glass. When purchasing your tickets, you will asked what winery starting location will be your starting point. This is where you will get checked in, your glass and wristband for tasting. Each winery has a limited number of tickets for participants to start so that we are able to spread guests out along the Trail. In rare instances, you may not be able to start at your preferred location (will say SOLD OUT), but you can always visit them later. You are obligated to begin your tour at the location on your ticket where you will pick up your glass and wrist band. Once you have received your glass, you can visit the wineries in any order.
EARLY BIRD SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WEEKEND PASS – $35 per person
Early bird tickets are available until the end of the day on July 6th.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WEEKEND PASS – $40 per person
VIP SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WEEKEND PASS – $50 per person
Wine tasting starts at 11am (one hour before the regular ticket holders, plus some wineries have private tours, special discounts, etc. planned).
SUNDAY ONLY – $30 per person
Special low price ticket for those who wish to attend on Sunday only.
DESIGNATED DRIVER – $10
Ticket includes bottles of water and food at the wineries. No wine tasting will be allowed.
For further information: Email us or text/call 916-412-6142.