Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Set for August 30 – September 1, 2013

Sixth Annual Labor Day Weekend Event to Celebrate Sonoma Wine, Food and Lifestyle

Sonoma-Wine-Country-Weekend-2013Sonoma County, CALIF. — Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the premier wine and epicurean event that showcases the birthplace of California wine, has been set for Labor Day Weekend, August 30 through September 1, 2013.

“Sonoma Wine Country Weekend offers guests an extremely rich and rewarding experience that supports so many causes and charities,” said Maureen Cottingham, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Co-Producer, “Our three-day event is a world-class celebration of the vineyards, wines, cuisine, culture, and people that have made Sonoma County the ultimate wine country destination.” Visa Signature® is the Presenting Sponsor of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.

“Last year, interest in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend continued to rise. Even with the addition of some new events, we nearly sold out,” said Honore Comfort, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Co-Producer, “Now, in our sixth year, we have really begun to hit our stride and are pleased that while placing Sonoma on a worldwide stage, we have also been able to raise significant funds that are increasingly important to our community.”

Produced in partnership by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and the Sonoma County Vintners, the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend event features Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®, Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and an assortment of intimate and exclusive winery lunch and dinner parties at multiple locations throughout Sonoma County.

Proceeds from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend support Sonoma County non-profit organizations; to date a cumulative total of more than $11 million has been donated directly to Sonoma non-profits by the local wine community.

Tickets, which range from $85 to $500 per person, will go on sale to the public June 1, 2013. Presenting Sponsor, Visa Signature will offer cardholders event perks and savings, including access to an exclusive ticket presale beginning April 15, 2013. For more information visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

For a schedule of events for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, click here.

About 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Presenting Sponsor Visa Signature

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is presented by Visa Signature. Visa Signature offers account holders a range of benefits that provide special access and can save time and money. In addition to points, miles, cash back or other premium rewards offered by Visa Signature partners, account holders enjoy perks such as 24/7 complimentary concierge services, the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection and exclusive offers for fine wine and food, travel, and sports and entertainment events. For more information on Visa Signature and issuers offering Visa Signature visit www.visa.com/signature.

About 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sponsors and Beneficiaries

A partnership between Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is California’s premier wine, food and social event, taking place on Labor Day weekend each year. The events comprising Sonoma Wine Country Weekend have raised over $11 million in support to local charities that benefit students, children, farm workers, and people in need. The 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is presented by Visa Signature®. For a complete list of beneficiaries and sponsors, please visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit trade organization serving over 500 members who share a mission to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine, and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation (SVVGF) is a non-profit 501c.3 organization that has raised over $8,000,000 for local Sonoma Valley charities. For more information on the SVVGA and SVVGF, please visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com.

Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 200 wineries and affiliated businesses throughout the county. Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.

SOURCE: SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com

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