Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association



Next Meeting

Thursday April 18, 7 pm
Nevada County Fairgrounds

Mr. Semillion meets Ms. Sauvignon Blanc, A marriage made in Bordeaux

Save the Date! SWGGA Picnic

June 23, 2019
Gray Pine Winery

Potluck and BBQ
Hamburgers and hot dogs
Wine Raffle

$15 Suggested Contribution
Potluck Dish (according to initial)
Bring a bottle or buy one from Guy

Volunteers needed!
Email David Blitstein (

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...