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Preservation Award Winners Partner to Offer Exclusive Access to Their Historic Properties & Wine Tastings


Sonoma, CA (Nov 15, 2016) – Following the 2016 Preservation Awards presented by The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation to Buena Vista Winery, Pangloss Cellars and Three Sticks Winery for their commitment to preservation of significant historic structures in Sonoma, the wineries have come together to offer the first annual Preservation Icons of Sonoma Tour and Wine Tasting benefiting the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation.


The tour offers a unique opportunity for historic preservation and wine enthusiasts to experience each property accompanied by in-depth discussions on the historical importance of each building, the extensive preservation efforts exercised to restore them, and premium wine tastings at each destination. The day will consist of uniquely curated experiences in which participants get a “behind the scenes” perspective on the restoration and evolution of these iconic properties of Sonoma.

The Preservation Icons of Sonoma Tour and Wine Tasting will take place Saturday, January 28, 2017 and will include three tour itineraries in which groups of 28 will start the day at 10:00am at one of the three historic properties. Each group will enjoy a 90 minute one-of-a-kind tour with tasting focused on architectural restoration and preservation and then will transition to the next wine property until every group has completed the full program. The groups will join together for lunch at the Sonoma Depot Hotel and again at the end of the tour for coffee and sweets at the Sonoma League’s Maysonnave House at 5:15pm for an opportunity to discuss and revel in the day. Lunch is a three course meal designed by Gia Ghilarducci and her son Chef Antonio Ghilarducci of the Depot Hotel Restaurant. Enhanced by the setting in their beautifully restored plum-stone building off of Sonoma’s historic square, this will add to a full day of celebrating Sonoma’s unique history of winemaking, cuisine and architecture.

Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of Buena Vista Winery says of the tour, “Buena Vista’s future is its past. Our mission is to preserve and perpetuate the imaginative vision and unrivaled legacy of the winery’s founder, Count Agoston Haraszthy, and to protect the first grand estate of the California wine world for everyone to discover. We’re thrilled to offer our guests a unique opportunity to get an insider’s look at our White House of wine through the Preservation Icons of Sonoma Tour.”

“We are grateful to be able to share the restored home of Pangloss Cellars with the community,” says winemaker Erich Bradley. “Old buildings have a unique character that simply cannot be replicated in new construction, so we have designed the Pangloss Cellars’ experience to honor and embrace the unique history and physical beauty of this soulful place. In Sonoma, we believe we have found “the best of all possible worlds”, and with our wines we aspire to share the best of it with you.”

“We are so proud to be recognized by the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation and in the company of Pangloss Cellars and Buena Vista Winery, two wineries which we greatly respect,” says Bill Price, Proprietor of Three Sticks. “The Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe is incredibly special and our hope is that visitors and locals will be able to share in this unique space for years to come.”

“Sonoma is the birthplace of the California wine industry and a town that takes its unique character, architecture and ambiance very much to heart,” said Acting League President and Three Sticks COO, Prema Behan. “It was wonderful that the League chose to recognize wineries that significantly contributed to preserving Sonoma’s rich architectural heritage and that those wineries have opted to give back to the League is very special.”

Tickets for the Preservation Icons of Sonoma Winery Tour are available for purchase on Eventbrite for $225 per person and the lucky first 84 guests will have the opportunity to take part in this unique historical experience. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preservation-icons-of-sonoma-tour-wine-tasting-tickets-6124774365

About Sonoma League for Historic Preservation

The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation, established in 1969, now operates two historic sites with trained docents and offers tours, educational programs, and special events to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of what makes Sonoma Valley so special.

We are an all volunteer organization that maintains and staffs two historical properties in Sonoma – The Heritage Center at the Maysonnave House and the General Joseph Hooker House. The League is devoted to protecting and sharing Sonoma’s unique cultural heritage and its historic buildings for the enjoyment and benefit of the Sonoma Valley community and visitors from around the world. For further information and to join the League, please visit: www.sonomaleague.org.

Contact: Prema Behan, Sonoma League for Historic Preservation: [email protected]

About Buena Vista Winery

Buena Vista Winery is California’s first premium winery; it was founded in 1857 by Hungarian immigrant Agoston Haraszthy, the self-proclaimed “Count of Buena Vista.” Possessing a deep regard for the significance of Buena Vista’s place in California wine history, Jean-Charles Boisset purchased Buena Vista in April 2011 and added the winery to the Boisset Collection.  Today, Boisset has returned Buena Vista Winery to its original glory with the complete restoration and re-opening of the historic property. The preservation efforts have won multiple awards, including the Sonoma Leagues’ award and the California Preservation Design Award for Craftsmanship and Preservation Technology. The wines are achieving new heights under Winemaker Brian Maloney and Consulting Winemaker David Ramey. Buena Vista Winery is located at 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, CA. For more information, please visit www.buenavistawinery.com.

About Three Sticks Wines

Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery led by veteran winemaker Bob Cabral and investor, vineyard owner Bill Price. Three Sticks’ is characterized by commitment to site specific wines, stewardship of land, people and history, and a down to earth approach to business and life. They craft small-lot, artisanal wines from exceptional Sonoma Coast vineyards: Durell Vineyard, Gap’s Crown Vineyard and Walala Vineyard. Founded in 2002, the winery is named for owner William S. Price III’s surfing nickname, “Billy Three Sticks,” which was assigned to him in his youth as a reference to the three Roman numerals that follow his name. To learn more, please visit www.threestickswines.com.

The Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe (built in 1842) was constructed by Captain Salvador Vallejo, brother of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the Commandante Générale of the northern territory of Mexico (modern day Sonoma). Bill and Eva Price purchased the property in 2012 and embarked on a two year preservation project. The Three Sticks team worked closely with Sonoma historians and the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation to restore and protect the historic fabric of the property. For more information on Three Sticks at The Adobe or to schedule a visit, please visit: www.threestickswines.com/visit-the-adobe/.

About Pangloss Cellars

Pangloss Cellars is a celebration of Sonoma and the diversity of grape varieties for which Sonoma is known. Named after Dr. Pangloss, the eternal optimist in Voltaire’s novel Candide, Pangloss Cellars is our commitment to optimism as the best way to approach life.

The home of Pangloss Cellars is a carefully restored 114-year old historic building on the town square in Sonoma. Given our obsession with hand-crafting wines using Old World techniques, our attraction to the old building was natural and powerful. The building dates back to 1902 and is one of the most prominent buildings on the historic town square where California was founded. Bringing the building back to its original glory was a first step for us in forming a deep bond with our home. Having regained her special character and soul, our beautiful building is ready to welcome you. For more information on Pangloss Cellars or to schedule a visit please visit: http://panglosscellars.com/.

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