Viticulture briefs: Sonoma County Winegrowers moves headquarters

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Winegrowers move headquarters

Sonoma County Winegrowers has moved its offices from the American AgCredit building near the airport to a new workspace at Sunnyview Vineyard in Santa Rosa.

The trade group, which represents more than 1,800 grape growers and related businesses, had been in the building sharing offices with Sonoma County Tourism and the Sonoma County Vintners.

The new space is located on 3200 block of Guerneville Road and includes a vineyard, a 2,700-square-foot farmhouse for offices and a board room. It also houses additional warehouse space for storage and classroom space for education programs.

“Sunnyview Vineyard will be an amazing location for hosting media, sommelier, marketing and grower education meetings right in the middle of a vineyard. We will also be creating an on-site Vineyard Adventure walk to aid in educating media and visitors about viticulture practices and sustainability,” said Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers, in a statement.


Petaluma Gap trade group looking for board members

The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance has opened up nominations for its board of directors.

The trade group represents growers and wineries in the newest federally recognized wine appellation in Sonoma County. It aims to promote wineries in the region, build up the production of high-quality wines within its borders and grow the awareness of the region, especially in efforts to protect the environment.

For more information, contact executive director Cheryl Quist at


Krupps Brothers hire new winemaker

Julien Fayard has been selected as the new winemaker for the Krupp Brothers winery in Napa.

Fayard, who has worked along famed winemaker Philippe Melk at Atelier Melka, has also done work for clients such as Lail Vineyards, Gemstone and Dalla Valle.

The Krupp family sold the 600-acre Stagecoach Vineyard on Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley last year to E&J Gallo Winery. It subsequently bought the Kitchak Cellars property, which includes a 10-acre vineyard, to make its wine.


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