Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association

Annual Picnic and Barbecue



Our annual potluck and barbecue this year is on



Sunday June 23, from 4:30 - 8:00 pm



at Gray Pine Winery, 19396 Branding Iron Rd, Penn Valley. 


Check the Gray Pine Winery website for directions, at

An alert from Guy:

·         Please note that Branding Iron Road is a narrow, uneven country road, with numerous bumps, dips and potholes.  Please drive slowly and carefully!

·         Parking is very limited.  For fire safety, please park only on pavement, gravel or thoroughly mowed/graded areas.  Please do not park in brush or tall grass.

·         There is lots of poison oak on the property.  Please use caution around vegetation.



There will be food, wine, and a wine raffle to benefit our Scholarship Fund. You are encouraged to bring guests.


Please RSVP as soon as possible. Suggested donation is $15 per person. Send RSVP and any donation (check made out to SWGGA) to Jim Garrett at 21252 Clifford Rd, Grass Valley CA 95949.


Please tell us the number of meals:


Cajun beef sausage


Also, please bring your wine to share (or buy from Gray Pine Winery) and a bottle for the raffle, and a dish according to the first initial of your last name:


O - Z Appetizer
A - H Salad or Side Dish
I - N Dessert 


Please RSVP no later than Monday June 10. Thank you!




Picnic RSVP Form

Print out the RSVP Form and mail to Jim Garrett with any contribution.

Our Story

The Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association 

Originally founded in 1978, the Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association represents home winemakers and the farmers and their families who grow grapes in Nevada County, and adjoining Yuba, Sierra and Placer Counties in California.

Our membership is open to all those who either own a vineyard, make wine, or are simply interested in wine and being a member of the organization.
Members are continually increasing their knowledge of viticultural practices in the northern Sierra Foothills to produce premium grapes for high quality wines.

Latest News and Notices…

Grapes for Sale

David Blitstein has:

3 tons of Petite Sirah
3 tons of Tempranillo (2018 Best of Show Cal State Fair)
2500 lbs. of Sauvignon Blanc (2018 Best of Show Nevada County)   SOLD OUT
3000 lbs. of Albarino SOLD OUT

.70 per lb. you pick    
I will have transportation from picked bins to your vehicle.

Contact David at

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Free Petite Sirah Vines

SWGGA Member Bill Betts has about 50 Petite Sirah vines that he planted 8 years ago, and he has decided to replant on a different rootstock. He’s giving the existing vines away to anyone who might want them.

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What SWGGA Does...


Our monthly programs are a mix of educational and social gatherings with the aim of exploring all aspects of grape growing and winemaking. Most meetings are at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and combine technical and social elements.

Wine Tastings

Wine tastings and evaluations are an important part of our growth in developing our winemaking skills. In addition to meetings devoted specifically to tasting, we have casual sessions prior to our regular meetings.

Winery Visits

We have meetings at both commercial and our member home wineries and vineyards during the year. Seeing first-hand how others grow their grapes and make wine is a valuable part of our education.


Each year SWGGA awards a scholarship to a deserving highschool graduate pursuing a major in agriculture or the sciences. Funds for the scholarships are contributed by our members and friends.


Members of SWGGA are generous with their time and help each other with their winemaking and grape growing. New members, especially, are encouraged to ask questions.

If you'd like to become a member of SWGGA, please download an application...