August 2, 2016 Santa Rosa, Calif. – The Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) are excited to announce their 2016/2017 Commissioners, including the return of eight incumbents, as well as the election of two past Commissioners. The organization’s Board of Directors represent some of Sonoma County’s top vineyard properties, families, AVA’s, as well as wine industry and local community leaders.
Commission incumbents who were re-confirmed to the board include: Anna Darden of Darden Vineyard, George Martinelli of Martinelli Vineyards, Bret Munselle of Munselle Vineyards, Mark Pasternak of Devil’s Gulch Ranch, Brad Petersen of Rawah Vineyards, Dan Rotlisberger of Rotlisberger Ranch, Mark Sanchietti of Sanchietti Farming Inc., and Rich Schaefers of Silverado Sonoma Properties.
Returning to the Commission are John Balletto, Founder & Owner of Balletto Vineyards & Winery, farming since the age of 17 and growing grapes since 1995; and Steve Sangiacomo, a partner in Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, working in the family business for 20 years. Both of these men have served as chairman of the Winegrape Commission.
“Sonoma County’s 1,800 grape growers are fortunate to have some of the region’s most dedicated, passionate, and accomplished leaders representing their interests on our Commission Board to help advance our sustainability efforts and ensure we continue to have a vibrant marketplace to sell our grapes for generations to come,” says Karissa Kruse, President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers. “The success of our sustainability efforts have gained global recognition for Sonoma County, much of which could not have been accomplished without the commitment and support from the board, including two outgoing Commissioners Joe Battaglini and Joe Judge. We thank them for their time and service to the grape growing community.”
During the July Board meeting, the Commission unanimously re-elected Kevin Barr as Chairman of the Board, Joe Dutton as Vice Chairman, and Mark Sanchietti as Treasurer.
The 2016/2017 Sonoma County Winegrowers Commissioners are: Kevin Barr (Chairman), Joe Dutton (Vice Chairman), Mark Sanchietti (Treasurer), John Balletto, Duff Bevill, George Martinelli, Doug McIlroy, Bret Munselle, Glenn Proctor, Steve Sangiacomo, and Ray Johnson (Public Member At-Large). Commission Alternates include: Domenic Carinalli, Anna Darden, Marissa Ledbetter, Richard Mounts, Vickie Mulas, Mark Pasternak, Brad Petersen, Dan Rotlisberger, Rich Schaefers, Brent Young, and Rhonda Smith (Public Member at Large).
About the Sonoma County Winegrowers
The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, also known as Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW), was established in 2006 as a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. SCW has oversight by California Department of Food and Agriculture which supports producer regions. With more than 1,800 growers, SCW’s goal is to increase awareness and recognition of the quality and diversity of Sonoma County’s grapes and wines through dynamic marketing and educational programs targeted to wine consumers around the world.
In January 2014, SCW committed to becoming the nation’s first 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019. As of December 2015, 64% of the vineyard acreage in Sonoma County has gone through the sustainability self-assessment and 48% of vineyards are certified by a third party auditor. These sustainability efforts were recently recognized with California’s highest environmental honor, the 2016 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).
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Sonoma County Winegrowers
Director of Marketing and Communications