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Sonoma Valley Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Wine Farming Legacy

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Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers AllianceSonoma Valley, CA – [May 7, 2024] The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is excited to announce a multi-year celebration marking the 200th anniversary of Sonoma Valley Wine. This year, 2024 is being celebrated as the “Year of the Farmer,”  as we commemorate the anniversary of the planting of the first wine grapes in our community.  This momentous occasion pays homage to two centuries of wine farming heritage, showcasing the rich agricultural history and vibrant community spirit of Sonoma Valley.  The festivity will continue in 2025 and 2026 commemorating the contributions of local Vinters and the hospitality community.

“Winemaking is not a singular activity but the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by many different groups of people in the industry.” Said Robyn Sebastiani, Executive Director of SVVGA.  “With that in mind, we wanted to honor all of their contributions and legacies by highlighting each of those essential groups with special recognition of their efforts that led to the first harvest in our Valley two centuries ago.”

The festivities will commence with the unveiling of a special commemorative logo on May 14th at the Tuesday Farmers Market, where the SVVGA Foundation will be honored with a toast to celebrate the farmers who have played a pivotal role in shaping the California wine industry.

“Sonoma Valley has remained a vital and thriving agricultural hub for many reasons,” said Sebastiani. “Our microclimates allow for a multitude of grape varietals to flourish, affording our farmers the freedom to innovate and produce sought after grapes and, in turn, spectacular wine.”

The celebration not only highlights the significance of winegrape farming in Sonoma Valley but also honors the multigenerational families who have dedicated themselves to the land. Today, 95% of Sonoma County’s vineyards are family-owned and operated, representing a wide spectrum of businesses big and small.

“For many families, farming is a multigenerational endeavor passed down from one generation to the next,” added Sebastiani. “Wine grapes might be the most viable crop today, but these family farms have grown whatever made sense during their generation to continue farming.”

The rich history of wine farming in Sonoma Valley is exemplified by families such as the Bundschus, the Sebastianis, the Sangiacomos, and many others, whose dedication and stewardship have contributed to Sonoma County’s reputation as a world-renowned wine region.

As we celebrate this momentous occasion, we recognize the hard work, dedication, and passion of the families who have shaped Sonoma Valley’s wine industry. Their commitment to the land and the craft of winemaking has ensured that Sonoma Valley remains a treasured destination for wine enthusiasts from around the globe.

“The Year of the Farmer,” 200th Anniversary will be a year-long celebration, featuring a series of events and activities to honor the region’s rich agricultural heritage. For more information and updates, please visit www.sonomavalleywine.com

About SVVGA

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit organization representing over 400 members united by a common mission to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine, and storied history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. Sonoma Valley encompasses five of Sonoma County’s seventeen American Viticulture Areas (AVAs): Bennett Valley, Los Carneros, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Mountain, and Sonoma Valley.

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