You'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about attending the World of Pinot Noir on this page. But if you still can't find the information you need, please email us at info@wopn.com or call us at (805) 489-1758.

  • When was World of Pinot Noir founded?

    The non-profit World of Pinot Noir was established in 2001 by a small, dedicated group of winemakers from California’s Central Coast. The group's mission is to bring together the world’s foremost Pinot Noir producers, and in a gorgeous setting, celebrate the delicious wine grape.

  • When and where can I buy tickets?

    Ticket sales begin in October. We recommend joining our mailing list here and follow us on Facebook and Instagram so we can alert you when tickets go on sale.

  • Is there a schedule of events?

    Yes, we have two and a half days of seminars, lunches, wine tasting and dinners. It’s a grand celebration of Pinot Noir. Find the full schedule of events here.

  • Do I need to print out my tickets?

    Save some paper! We scan the tickets from your phone or look up your order by name for check-in. If you happen to lose your ticket, mobile check-in will save the day. But don’t forget your identification. We want to verify that it’s you!

  • Are tickets refundable?

    No, all ticket sales are final. If you have any questions about refunding or transferring your tickets, please contact our ticket provider, Ticketsauce for their policies.

  • The name on the ticket doesn’t match the attendee’s name. Is that okay?

    Yes, all tickets are transferable. As long as the new ticket holder has the mobile ticket or knows the name of the person who purchased the ticket, we can easily check them in.

  • How can I become a sponsor for World of Pinot Noir?

    Please contact info@wopn.com for sponsorship inquiries.

  • How can I volunteer for World of Pinot Noir?

    We love our volunteers! Please see the volunteer page for more information. We rely on you, our volunteers, to help make these events successful.

  • What should I wear?

    California casual during the days and evenings. The sun usually shines bright on the event, but at night temperatures can often drop by 20 degrees. Do as the locals do: bring layers! Dinner guests have an opportunity to elevate their experience and dress more formal. Ex: cocktail attire.

  • What will the weather be like while we are there?

    Santa Barbara’s weather in March is typically partly sunny and high of mid 6os. In the morning, the coastal fog rolls in then dissipates by the afternoon, so we suggest wearing layers. In the event there is rain, all outdoor events will be moved indoors.

  • What about children?

    All World of Pinot Noir events are for attendees 21 years and older. Some area hotel properties do provide childcare services if you are traveling with small children.

  • Can I bring my dog?

    Due to Health Department restrictions, dogs are not allowed at any World of Pinot Noir events. Some of the hotels do allow pets - please check with them directly.

  • Can I buy tickets at the event?

    Yes, tickets can be purchased online or at our onsite concierge desk. However, many of our events sell out. We recommend purchasing in advance to guarantee availability.

  • What kinds of payment do you accept at the event?

    We accept all major credit cards.

  • Where do I park for World of Pinot Noir events?

    See all parking and transportation information here.

  • What time should I arrive for my events?

    Because our World of Pinot Noir staff want you checked in before the event begins, we suggest arriving at least 15 minutes before the start time.

  • Can I purchase wine at World of Pinot Noir?

    Yes! During Friday and Saturday’s Grand Tastings, we will have a Collector’s Auction filled with large format bottles and special packages from our participating wineries. Wine purchased at the Collector’s Auction can be picked up or shipped to your home.

  • What does the Silent Auction benefit?

    In keeping with our mission, a portion of the proceeds from our two Charity Silent Auctions will be donated to non-profit institutions and/or scholarships that help further educate and enlighten the world of the storied Pinot Noir grape.

  • What does the event look like in a COVID world?

    For the safety of all guests, the WOPN Board of Directors and management team require all attendees to show health clearance. This includes proof of vaccine or negative Covid-19 test. As guidelines for safe gatherings continue to evolve, leading up to the event, all ticket holders will receive communication outlining the key steps to upload their vaccine card or negative test. WOPN is using a third party to manage the health clearance verification.

    All patrons attend at their own risk.

  • What are the COVID guidelines?

    We are following all CDC guidelines and “California” specific guidelines.

    We are optimistic and want to be certain that we can host the best and safest event possible. Conditions surrounding Covid-19 are changing rapidly especially in regards to guidelines and safe practices being passed down from the CDC, Federal, State and Local governments. To ensure a safe festival, we will follow all current guidelines that are in place. We will continue to update our website with the most current information from our government officials and we also encourage you to refer to https://www.cdc.gov/ and https://covid19.ca.gov/.

    The safety of all staff, artists, and patrons are “World of Pinots” biggest priority.


  • Is this event handicap accessible?

    WOPN is committed to making our 2022 event accessible to everyone. Should you require disability-related accessibility assistance at this event, please let us know your needs in detail as soon as possible and no later than 72 hours before the event. WOPN, in coordination with The Ritz-Carlon Bacara, will make every effort to provide appropriate accommodation when feasible.

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