Passport Sunday gives wine enthusiasts a tour of Suisun Valley

Passport Sunday

Suisun Valley's Passport Sunday Returns April 13, 2014

It’s time to pack your bags, pick up your passports and prepare for a beautiful trip to the wine country. The nine wineries of Suisun Valley are once again coming together to present the 6th Annual Passport Sunday on April 13, 2014. This traditional spring event showcases the wines of the region to enthusiasts from Solano County and beyond.

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With “passports” in hand, attendees are invited to spend the afternoon traveling from one winery to the next, tasting unique Suisun Valley wines, sampling foods from an array of area restaurants and farmers, and collecting stamps on their passports while socializing with family and friends.

“This is a great event,” said Rick Wehman of Ledgewood Creek Winery, a winery that is partnering with the restaurant Pane e Vino to present a unique tasting experience for Passport Sunday. “We get to see people from all across Northern California. It’s not just our local customers; they bring their friends from all over. It’s a lot of fun.”

Passport Sunday has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. It is also traditionally a sell-out. In the past, the last tickets have been sold as far as two weeks in advance. People are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

“It doesn’t take long,” Wehman said. “This is a big crowd pleaser.”

Tickets are $40 general admission and $20 for designated drivers and can be purchased online at  or at GV Cellars, Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company, Ledgewood Creek Winery, or Wooden Valley Winery,

Fun times at Passport Sunday in Suisun Valley“The event starts at the winery where you purchased the tickets,” Wehman explained. “From there, you can drive anyplace you want, to any of the wineries that are open for the day. You can spend as much time at any particular winery as you want. It’s all on your own schedule.  All you have to do is get there between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.”

Each winery will offer something different, Wehman added. There will be an assortment of food items, from olive oil and jams to dried fruits and nuts, at each location. Some wineries are planning to have live music and entertainment.

The participating wineries and food partners include GV Cellars with MagPies Grill, Il Florello Olive Oil with Executive Chef Marvin Martin, Ledgewood Creek with Pane e Vino, Mangels Vineyard with Chef to Go Catering, Rock Creek Vineyards with MagPies Bakery/Catering, Suisun Valley Wine Co-op with B & J BBQ, Tenbrink Winery and Vineyards with Mankas Steakhouse, Winterhawk Winery with Napoli Pizza and Wooden Valley Winery with Kinders.Wine from the barrel

For new and returning visitors, getting around the area is easy and enjoyable, as the Suisun Valley “loop” is located just minutes from I-80 in Fairfield. The wine makers are known for being approachable and enjoy sharing stories about how they craft their wines. Expect to see them all on Passport Sunday, pouring behind the bar or from a barrel in their cellar.


Sunday Passport in Suisun Valley

Participating Wineries and Food Partners

GV Cellars
MagPies Grill

Il Fiorello Olive Oil 

Executive Chef Marvin MartinLedgewood Creek Winery
Pane e Vino

Mangels Vineyards
Chef to Go Catering
Rock Creek Vineyards
MagPies Bakery/Catering

Suisun Valley Wine Co-op

Tenbrink Winery and Vineyards
Mankas Steakhouse

Winterhawk Winery
Napoli Pizza

Wooden Valley Winery

General Admission tickets are $40

$20 for designated drivers

Limited space available

Tickets will be available at these locations:

GV CellarsIl Fiorello Olive Oil CompanyLedgewood Creek Winery

Suisun Valley Wine Co-op
Wooden Valley WineryYou can also purchase tickets online...Click HereTickets on sale on March 7th