Vineyards to VillagesVineyards to Villages (V2V) is turning Sonoma County Wine into African Water.  Support the wineries that support V2V.

Why is this important? The water we take for granted is part of a growing crisis worldwide, where approximate 1 in 9 individuals lacks access to clean drinking water.  In Africa, where men and women’s divergent social positions lead to differences in water responsibilities, rights, and access, African women (and children) are disproportionally burdened by the scarcity of clean drinking water.  It affects not only their health, but their access to education and development. It affects their ability to break the barriers of poverty for them and their families.

Vineyards to Villages (V2V) is an expanding group of vintners, growers and suppliers committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in East Africa through the power of partnership. The Sonoma County wine industry works with Global Partners to improve health and wellbeing one village at a time through greater access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education.

IMG_2127V2V funded their first WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene education) project in the Kasipul Constituency (about 100 square miles with 120,000 people) of Kenya in December 2014.  The project is at Apondo Primary School (about 458 students  and 16 teachers), but supports the neighboring community of more than 100 families. Most families live approximately 2 miles from the river.  Women and children can spend 30-40% of their time acquiring clean water.

The projects developed by V2V with Gobal Partners are designed to be self-sustaining, which allows the group to fund multiple projects a year.  This changes not only the life of a family and a village, but a region. Clean water allows them to move out of poverty into health, education, and economic development on a regional scale.

To help out, visit the Vineyards to Villages winery tasting rooms and purchase the wines.  50% of the sales price goes directly to clean water projects.  Here are some of the wineries and the wines that support clean water projects.  To find out more visit the Vineyards to Village website or one of the participating wineries.

IMG_5877Christopher Creek Winery is currently pouring their 2009 Reserve Syrah for V2V from their Tasting Room on Limerick Lane.  Their wines come from their estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley AVA and Bradford Mountain in the Dry Creek Valley AVA. Originally producing Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc they have expanded their portfolio to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Port and Chocolate Bliss.

IMG_5866Deux Amis Winery is currently pouring their 2010 Zinfandel, Shadick Vineyard from their Tasting Room in Downtown Windsor.  Winemaker, Phyllis Zouzounis is producing small lot zinfandels from Dry Creek and Alexander Valley appellations as well as Petite Sirah and red blends.

Their dog-friendly Tasting Room has “Yappy-Hour” the second Friday of each month where your four-legged friends enjoy gourmet treats while you get to try wine flights and appetizers.


Everett RidgeEverett Ridge Winery is a new participant in this great project – additional information on their wines and participation will be available shortly.  In the meantime, please contact the winery directly via their website for information on their participation.





IMG_3291Fritz Underground Winery is currently pouring its 2010 Reserve Chardonnay from its Underground Winery in Dry Creek Valley.  Unlike any place you’ve ever visited, this monumental Gaudi style masterpiece represents a viticultural passion for sustainability, quality, and tradition.  Fritz makes a variety of red and white wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot, and Zinfandel.


Merriam Winery is currently pouring their 2009 Cabernet Franc from their Los Amigos Road Tasting Room at the Estate Winery.  Winemaker, David Herzberg is producing award-winning Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals incluing Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Red blends, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Rose wines. Merriam Vineyards’ Los Amigos property also features one of only a handful of constructed wetlands in Sonoma County. Composed of four different systems, the reclamation pond recycles 100% of winery wastewater for re-use in irrigating vineyards and landscaping throughout the property. This process essentially eliminates Merriam Vineyards’ dependence on outside water sources, creating a surplus at the winery and protecting the local aquifer from overuse.

Pedroncelli EntryPedroncelli Winery

is a new participant in this great project – additional information on their wines and participation will be available shortly.  In the meantime, please contact the winery directly via their website for information on their participation.



Viszlay Vineyards is currently pouring its 2009 Five Vines Meritage from its Limerick Lane Tasting Room. Viszlay specializes in making small lot, estate wines from our 10 acre vineyard. The winery is nestled amongst the 12 varietals grown on the estate, including the only Prosecco grapes in Sonoma County. They practice sustainable farming methods and embrace the traditional wine making styles that produce soft, elegant and balanced wines.

A new Winery and Tasting Room is under construction and should be finished in 2015. Wines are available exclusively through the winery and our wine club.

Offerings from wineries change as vintages sell out and other options become available. Please always check with the winery for the most up-to-date information on their participation wine.

Donations can also be made directly to Vineyards to Villages from their website.  Additional information can also be obtained by emailing Amy Holter at AHolter@gpfd.org

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