The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend — a three-day epicurean adventure that raises money for community programs — reached its goal of grossing more than $1.5 million this year.
The weekend culminated with the 16th annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction at Cline Cellars, which raised a record-breaking $702,500 for local charities, according to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
“This is our highest grossing live auction ever, and it proves how great our community is and how great our vintners and growers are,” said Grant Raeside, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, in a prepared statement.
This was the first year that the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance and the Sonoma County Vintners — the two biggest wine organizations in the county — have joined forces for one fund-raising weekend. In the past, the two groups have held separate events.
A silent auction held at the “Showcase: Taste of Sonoma” at MacMurray Ranch raised $25,000.
“We had more lots than we’ve had before, because we partnered with the Redwood Empire Food Bank and they brought in more lifestyle lots,” said Honore Comfort, executive director of the Sonoma County Vintners. “Plus, we had some fantastic, large-format bottles.”
The silent auction held at the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction raised an additional $48,000, bringing the silent auction total for the weekend up to $73,000.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend drew 4,000 attendees and raised a total of $1,570,705 to benefit local charities.
Last year, the live and silent auctions at the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction brought in a total of $1.3 million. The auction has raised more than $9 million over the last 16 years.