The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA), a non-profit trade association representing more than 100 wineries and 140 grape growers in the Sonoma Valley, is pleased to announce the 2022 Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival weekend of events. Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Foundation (SVVGF) became the new producers of the historic Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival at the end of 2021, after the previous non-profit board managing the event disbanded. The 2022 event will take place October 7 and 8, 2022, and will feature a range of curated wine events and community activities.
“The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and our 501(c) 3 Foundation are proud to welcome this historic festival and produce a beloved Sonoma Valley tradition. 2022 marks the Sonoma Valley’s 198th grape harvest, and this is an exceptional way to celebrate with our community. Our vintners, growers, staff and Board of Directors look forward to restoring the festival’s legacy as a celebration of Sonoma Valley’s wine and agriculture heritage.” – Andriana Duckworth, SVVGA and SVVGF Executive Director
“The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is such an important part of Sonoma Valley’s history, and to our community. Sonoma Valley is referred to as the birthplace of California wine, with the first vineyards planted in the mid-1800s. It is an honor to celebrate the hard work, dedication and collaborative spirit of our incredible region and welcoming community through this event.” – Tom Rouse, President of the SVVGA and SVVGF Board of Directors
After nearly two years of the festival’s dormancy due to the pandemic, SVVGA and SVVGF look forward to bringing a range of events for the Sonoma Valley community to enjoy, with the intent to expand upon the schedule of events in future years.
Events include the following:
Friday, October 7, 2022: Sonoma Valley Legends Dinner, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak, is an exclusive evening at one of Sonoma Valley’s most historic and endearing wineries, Buena Vista Winery. This dinner brings together the veritable winemaking and winegrowing legends of the Sonoma Valley and will feature incredible library and rare vintage wines.
Saturday, October 8, 2022: The Saturday daytime festival begins with an official kickoff ceremony and the Sonoma Valley Grape Stomp, throughout the day guests, visitors and members of the community can enjoy an Artisans Festival featuring more than 20 local art vendors and makers, a BBQ, games and live music, all while sipping local wine and beer by the glass on the Historic Sonoma Plaza.
Saturday ends with the marquee of events, the Sonoma Valley Grand Tasting, sponsored by Merrill Lynch, The Gonzales Group. Join Sonoma Valley’s vintners and growers for an extravagant evening of wine tasting and live music under the stars in the historic Sonoma Barracks. The Sonoma Valley Grand Tasting features an incredible diversity of wines, highlighting Sonoma Valley’s six winegrowing appellations. This walk-around, regional tasting will feature an impressive collection of Sonoma Valley’s most interesting and impeccably selected wines from more than 30 local wineries. Guests can look forward to engaging with winemakers and winegrowers, while tasting current vintages and locally prepared cuisine from some of the Valley’s most notable chefs. For more information about each event, visit www.valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.org.
The 2022 Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is supported by local and Bay Area partners and sponsors including the following: Bank of America; Exchange Bank; Official Media Sponsors: San Francisco magazine, Silicon Valley magazine, Sonoma Media Investments, and Wine Spectator.
Tickets to the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival individual events go on sale August 1, 2022. Tickets can be purchased online.