Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association

Our Next Meeting…

October Meeting – Oak and Port

This month’s SWGGA Meeting will be a combination of two short programs by Dave Elliott, with an opportunity to “put to palate” flavors and descriptions. The first program is tasting the effect of different oaks on the same wine.

Latest News and Notices...

Grapes for Sale – Field Blend

Grapes for Sale – Rough and Ready

Field blend of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah 
Rough and Ready Vineyard 
1 Ton $800 or 1/2 ton $500
Great for a group buy of 4 winemakers 

Contact Mardie 530 913-1223 
Or Jorge +1 (530) 913-2426 for info 

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Harvest Time Reminder

From Bernie Zimmerman: As harvest approaches, this is a reminder that there is a lot of information on our website that may help you make better wine. For example, if you go to the resources section of our Members Area and click on Winery Files, you will find a number of spreadsheets that will help you with wine chemistry. Check it out in the Members Area at

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Organic Grapes Available

Chacewater Vineyards located in Nevada City has 3 tons Cabernet Franc, 5 tons Syrah, 25 tons Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5 tons of Zinfandel all organically certified available for sale this year. Free delivery available for local buyers. Call Matt for more information at 530-277-8661 or email

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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.

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.

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