2022 Sonoma County Wine Auction (SCWA brings together the region’s most renowned winemakers along with distinguished collectors and generous bidders for the opportunity to acquire some of Sonoma County’s finest wines and bid on incredible, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.
SCVF’s mission is to support nonprofit organizations throughout Sonoma County focused on education and literacy, health and human services, the environment, arts and culture.
We interviewed Michael Haney, CEO of Vintners of Sonoma County to find out more.
Who benefits from SCWA?
Michael Haney: In the past five years alone, more than $7 million has been raised for our Fund-A-Need program, which supports literacy and education programs for children in Sonoma County. We awarded 378 community grants to organizations that provide services in the fields of education, health and human services, the environment, arts and culture. Our emergency fund, focused on pandemic, fire and flood response and support, has distributed more than $330,000 directly to those who need it most.
When is the Sonoma County Wine Auction this year?
Michael Haney: SCWA is held every September, and this year it will be held from September 15-17. The weekend of events kicks off Thursday night with a series of intimate dining experiences across Sonoma County hosted by renowned chefs and winemakers.
During this unforgettable evening, guests will taste iconic Sonoma County wines paired with cuisine unlike any other. On Friday, the beautiful and historic Buena Vista Winery will host BEST PARTY EVER with a fantastic evening of exceptional wine, food and celebration themed around the Roaring 20s.
The weekend culminates on Saturday with a live auction at Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery. Guests raise their paddles to make a direct impact on our Sonoma County community.
Is the Sonoma County Wine Auction at the same location every year?
Michael Haney: We are very fortunate for the generosity of our winemakers and hospitality partners who are hosting the three-day auctions in their beautiful facilities. Intimate wine dinners, Best party ever the evening before the live auction and the day of the auction itself, all guests provide a fantastic overview of the variety of wines and experiences available in Sonoma County.
Why is it Sonoma County Wine Auction important?
Michael Haney: Our nonprofit beneficiary organizations provide a direct impact on the lives of people with a wide range of needs in our community. We receive regular updates on how our grants are making a difference.
We’ve helped the Earle Baum Center for the Blind serve nearly 400 people in the past year; we funded English and Spanish books for kindergarten through sixth grade students through the Petaluma Education Foundation; we supported resilience classes, support groups and outreach to our local first aid resilience champions and their families. The list goes on and we are proud to maintain this level of sustainable support for frontline nonprofits in Sonoma County.