Press Releases

Press Releases

Winegrape Growers in Sonoma County Voluntarily Commit to Conserve Water by 25% in Four Water Sheds

Sonoma County’s winegrape growers have voluntarily committed to conserve water by 25% from 2013 levels consistent with the required reductions associated with rural residential water use in the four key water sheds – Mark West Creek, Green Valley Creek, Dutch Bill Creek and Mill Creek. In these four water sheds, there are 130 identified parcels of land with vineyards and in the past four weeks via outreach from the growing community, 68 parcels representing approximately 2,000 acres of land have enrolled in this voluntary water reduction plan.

2015 Sonoma County Harvest

Sonoma County Winegrowers Toasts Start of the 2015 Harvest

The 2015 winegrape harvest in Sonoma County got off to an early start just after midnight on July 29 when the first grapes of the year – nearly 18 tons of pinot noir – were harvested from Vineyard Eleven off Starr Road in the Russian River Valley.

North Bay Water Sustainability Coalition

Sonoma County Winegrowers Partner with Business Community and Local Government to Launch Sonoma County Water Sustainability Coalition

As water demands continue to increase throughout California amid new orders from the State to cut use, a public awareness and education campaign was launched today in Sonoma County sponsored by a unique partnership involving local winegrape farmers, the business community, the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Sonoma Marin Saving Water Partnership to inform residents on how to conserve and reduce water use. Far from a “water war”, the Sonoma County Drought Relief Partnership is a public/private community-driven effort to communicate simple, effective ways to conserve water during the year’s hottest months.

Sonoma County Winegrowers Launch Grant Program to Help Support Sustainability Certification

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Sonoma County Winegrowers today announced that it is committing up to $100,000 in grant funding to help support grower’s sustainability certification. The organization is offering 250 vouchers, each worth $400, to be used by their grower members to offset the costs associated with completing certification. Only grape growers who pay an assessment into the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission are eligible to participate in this program.

Sonoma County's Vineyards Reach Halfway Mark Towards Becoming 100% Sustainable by 2019

Sonoma County Winegrowers announced today that more than half of all vineyard acres in Sonoma County have completed a sustainability self-assessment after just 15 months since the organization announced its bold commitment to become the nation’s first 100% sustainable wine region by 2019. This early success exceeds expectations indicating the strong commitment by Sonoma County’s multigenerational winegrowers.

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