Passport Weekend Provides Guests the Opportunity to Learn About Winegrowers' Effort to Protect Local Salmon
April 20, 2016 - For Immediate Release
Healdsburg, CA – In addition to wine and food pairings, visitors attending the 27th annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley this April 23-24 can learn how wineries and grape growers are helping restore creek and riparian land in Dry Creek Valley for endangered salmon and other species.
More than 25 grape growers and wineries have signed on to the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project, which is creating refuge for coho salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead in the cold, fast-moving waters of Dry Creek. One mile of the project was completed in 2014, and construction on the second and third miles begins this summer.
“Passport to Dry Creek Valley provides visitors a true sense of our iconic region; guests can taste how this land influences the wine we produce. Many of our farmers come from families who have been stewards of Dry Creek Valley for generations. The habitat enhancement project is another dimension of how we care for the land, Dry Creek and the fish who thrive there,” said
Cam Mauritson, president of the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley (WDCV), which organizes the annual Passport weekend.
Wineries participating in this year’s Passport who are involved in restoring habitat for fishes in the region include: Amista Vineyards, DaVero Farms and Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, Martorana Family Winery, J. Pedroncelli Winery, Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Rued Winery, Seghesio Family Vineyards and Truett Hurst Winery.
“Nearly all the property along the 14-miles of Dry Creek is privately owned. The Habitat Enhancement Project is absolutely dependent on partnerships with these landowners. They are the key to success,” said Sonoma County Water Agency Director James Gore. “Passport weekend is a great opportunity to see Dry Creek Valley and thank wineries for participating in this important project.”
This year, Passport weekend also features vineyard tours, where visitors can talk to property owners and winemakers about their land and farming techniques. Mauritson, who owns and operates Mauritson Wines with his family, plans to participate in future stages of the Habitat Enhancement Project, and is offering a vineyard tour this weekend.
Passport to Dry Creek Valley began in 1990. Over the 26 years since, the event has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy this world-class tasting experience and its festive twists. Additional information can be found at http://www.drycreekvalley.org/events/passport-to-dry-creek-valley/.
Two-day passes are for sale at http://bit.ly/DCVPassport16.
Dry Creek carries water from Lake Sonoma to the Russian River and is a critical component of the Sonoma County Water Agency’s water transmission system that serves more than 600,000 residents in Sonoma and portions of Marin counties. To learn more about the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project, visit www.sonomacountywater.org/drycreek
About Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley
The Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley® (WDCV) is an association of more than 60 wineries and 150 growers, of which more than 95 percent are small, family-owned operations. WDCV is dedicated to advancing the recognition, enhancement and preservation of Dry Creek Valley as a premium winegrowing region. Anchored by the charming town of Healdsburg, the Dry Creek Valley appellation was officially designated in 1983. Known as a premier zinfandel growing region, Dry Creek Valley is one of California’s oldest wine producing regions and is home to many heritage vineyards ranging in age from 50 to 120 years. To preserve this history and the valley’s pristine beauty, the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley supports sustainable viticulture and low-impact farming practices. For more information, visit www.drycreekvalley.org.