Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association

Our Next Meeting…

Vineyard Expert at January Meeting

Returning by popular demand, Cindy Fake will be our speaker at the January meeting. She is the University of California Cooperative Extension Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor and County Director for Placer & Nevada Counties.

The meeting will be at Ponderosa Hall at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 16th. More details will follow before the meeting.

We’ll be fine tuning the specific topics to be discussed, but Cindy sent the following message:

Latest News and Notices...

Winery Equipment For Sale

#55 (cm) Italian basket press: Great for red wine fermentations of ~250# – 800# of grapes. Excellent condition. Mounted on pallet for easy movement. $900
Includes $50 nylon mesh screen and $20 spare shivs, plus several oak spacers.
(Compare to ~$1000 new + $$$ shipping)

Stainless steel portable sump w/ screen: Perfect to fit under press or can be used for pumpovers. Has 2” tri-clamp outlet. $1200
(Compare to as much as $2000 new, plus shipping)

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Petite Sirah Grapes On Sale

Sunshine Valley Vineyard is offering an end of season sale of Petite Sirah grapes from 8 year old vines.

Today (9/17/2019) they are at 20 brix, and should be ready to harvest near the end of the month, depending on your requirements.

Only $.50 lb., you pick.

Cheers, David Blitstein,  530-615-1297 

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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...