SANTA ROSA, Calif. (January 19, 2022) – Sonoma County Vintners in collaboration with presenting sponsor American AgCredit, announces registration is now open for the eighth annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction (SoCoBA). The live auction on May 6, 2022 is an exclusive opportunity for wine industry trade members to acquire “never before, never again” wines from Sonoma County’s most acclaimed vintners.
The health and safety of our guests, vintners, sponsors and vendor partners, volunteers and team are of the utmost importance. In addition to following the most updated policies and protocols from the county and state, we have added additional measures for check-in procedures at auction events. Attendees may view the most updated health and safety protocols for the 2022 Sonoma County Barrel Auction at SoCoBarrelAuction.com.
“The Sonoma County Barrel Auction elevates the profile of Sonoma County’s wines across the globe. Now more than ever, wine lovers are exploring wine regions by tasting the creativity of winemakers and the grapes they work with,” says Cody Radelfinger, American AgCredit Vice President and Lending Manager. “American AgCredit is honored to support the work of Sonoma County Vintners for more than a decade.”
The Sonoma County Barrel Auction will be held at the idyllic MacMurray Estate Vineyards. It will feature one-of-a-kind wine futures crafted exclusively for the auction by beloved, hidden gem and iconic Sonoma County wineries in five, ten and twenty case lots. Trade attendees have the opportunity to bid on these unique lots that display the diversity of Sonoma County with varietals that include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux Blends, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wines and more. These lots provide trade members with wines for resale to their customers and ultra-premium wine collectors. With the support of presenting sponsor American AgCredit, the vintner community and our trade partners, Sonoma County Vintners anticipate an exciting return to this in-person auction.
“We are incredibly grateful for the long-term support we’ve received from American AgCredit, and all our amazing supporting partners” says Sonoma County Vintners Executive Director Michael Haney. “They have been champions of our programs for many years, which has allowed us to focus on promoting Sonoma County wines nationally and globally.”
The in-person auction events will kick off with an all-inclusive lot tasting preview event on May 5 at Bacchus Landing, a curated collective of wineries and spacious new event venue located in the heart of Healdsburg. Trade guests will also attend intimate Vintner Dinners held throughout Sonoma County the same evening. The Sonoma County Barrel Auction will be held on May 6 with a reception at historic MacMurray Estate Vineyards, followed by a luncheon under the live auction tent with a special Icons & Innovators presentation.
Trade registration for the 2022 Sonoma County Barrel Auction is by invitation. Only licensed wholesalers, retailers and restaurateurs will receive a paddle to bid. To learn more or request a ticket, visit SoCoBarrelAuction.com or contact [email protected]
Proceeds raised from the Sonoma County Barrel Auction assist in creating Sonoma County Vintners marketing programs and initiatives that support the wine trade and community.
About Sonoma County Vintners
Sonoma County Vintners is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions. Sonoma County Vintners represents over 200 wineries throughout the county. The organization actively promotes Sonoma County through educational programming; advocates for its members at local, state and federal levels; and contributes to the local communities through our Sonoma County Vintners Foundation. Sonoma County Wine Auction, its annual fundraiser, benefits non-profit organizations throughout the region. To learn more about Sonoma County Vintners, visit SonomaWine.com.
About American AgCredit
Founded in 1916, American AgCredit is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System and is the nation’s fourth-largest Farm Credit Association. American AgCredit specializes in providing financial services to agricultural and rural customers throughout California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada and Oklahoma – as well as to capital markets customers throughout the country. Financial services provided by American AgCredit include production and mortgage financing, equipment and vehicle leasing, crop and life insurance, lines of credit, and the Young, Beginning and Small Farmer Program. In addition, the Association provides interest-free loans for qualifying 4-H and FFA AgYouth programs, as well as college scholarships to young people interested in agriculture. Learn more at AgLoan.com.
About Bacchus Landing
Founded by siblings Monica and Francisco Lopez, along with their parents Al and Dina, Bacchus Landing is a curated collective of wineries representing a diverse spectrum of grape varieties and winemaking styles. It is located in the heart of Healdsburg at the crossroads of three of Sonoma County’s premier wine regions. Designed to reflect the Lopez family’s deep-seated passion for hosting family and friends, Bacchus Landing welcomes guests to come and stay the day, offering a relaxing escape from everyday life. The three-acre property boasts five spacious, open-air tasting rooms, an artisanal food market serving local wine-friendly bites, a more casual green space with picnic tables and bocce courts, a central piazza with café tables, a full commercial kitchen, and a variety of spaces for corporate meetings and events. For more information, please visit BacchusLanding.com.
About MacMurray Estate Vineyards
With vineyards in California’s most sought-after Pinot Noir regions, MacMurray Estate Vineyards is synonymous with one of the world’s most celebrated grape varieties. We grow our grapes where Pinot Noir thrives — in the Russian River Valley and the Central Coast. By carefully tending to each vineyard block and making discerning choices in the cellar, we create wines that reflect the unique terroir of each estate vineyard while showcasing the elegant flavors of the delicate Pinot Noir grape. Our namesake in the Russian River Valley, the 1,500-acre MacMurray Ranch, has a rich farming history that stretches back to the early 1850s. In 1941, actor Fred MacMurray bought the ranch as an idyllic family retreat and cattle ranch. In 1996, MacMurray Ranch was transformed to include a world-class vineyard with 450 acres of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vines, ushering in a new era for the legendary Sonoma County property. Learn more at MacMurrayEstateVineyards.com.
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