Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation Is Big Beneficiary At Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation Is Big Beneficiary At Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction

Charitable Foundation to Receive $110,000 Contribution To Support Vineyard Employees and Their Families in Sonoma County

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (September 9, 2016) – The newly relaunched Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation received a generous financial boost over the weekend thanks to a unique wine country weekend package purchased Sunday at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction.  The auction lot, called the “Three Steves” in recognition of its sponsors – Steve Sangiacomo of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, Steve Dutton of Dutton Ranch and Steve Page of Sonoma Raceway, raised a total of $110,000 from a handful of bidders with all proceeds going to the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation. This lot was one of the top auction lots sold during this annual fundraising finale of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend that raised more than $4.6 million for local charities.

“We are very grateful to those who purchased our ‘Three Steves’ auction lot supporting the important efforts of our Grape Growers Foundation,” said Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers who is also serving as the executive director of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation.  She added, “This money will be put to immediate use in supporting our skilled agricultural workforce and their families in Sonoma County in the areas of healthcare, education, affordable housing and childcare. We’re proud to play a role in the work being done to improve our local community that is made possible through the incredible generosity of so many on display during this year’s Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction.”

The lot includes lodging at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, a morning round of golf with members of the Sangiacomo and Dutton families at Sonoma Golf Club, a spa day at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, an exclusive tour of the Dutton Ranch Vineyards, a ranch BBQ, an afternoon of racing at Simraceway Performance Karting Center and a winegrower dinner with the three Steves catered by Executive Chef Will Quesada featuring locally grown produce and Sangiacomo and Dutton Ranch wines.   A two bottle wine collection is also included featuring one Magnum of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards single vineyard designate and one Magnum of Dutton Ranch single vineyard designate.

“We are proud to be a part of this special event and support the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation,” said Steve Sangiacomo, a third-generation grape grower at Sangiacomo Family Vineyards and member of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation board of directors.  He added, “Our auction lot is a win-win for everyone.  It creates a special one-of-a-kind Sonoma County experience for wine enthusiasts, while also raising much needed funds that will go directly to help improve the lives of those agricultural and vineyard employees most responsible for the amazing wines that we love to share with the world.”

The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation was relaunched earlier this year to address the socially-responsible component of sustainability.  Following a year of discussion and planning on the best means for positively impacting the lives of agricultural employees in the county, the boards of both the Sonoma County Winegrowers and the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation met last December and voted to relaunch the foundation which is managed by the Sonoma County Winegrowers. The Foundation is currently working with a number of community-based organizations and government agencies to provide resources and support for agricultural employees and their families.  The Sonoma County Winegrowers has committed to becoming the nation’s first 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.