Sierra Wine & Grape Growers Association

Our Next Meeting…

Vineyard Expert at February Meeting

Rescheduled due to the weather, Cindy Fake will be our speaker at the February 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, February 20th. 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...

Wine and Vineyard Classes at Sierra College

Wine and Vineyard Classes at Sierra College

Wine and Vineyard Classes at Sierra College For Your Information… Sierra College Community Education Department is offering 3 classes this Spring you might be intereasted in, two in wine tasting and one in vineyard development.

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Free Cabernet Vines Available Now

I need to get rid of some of my Cabernet vines, maybe 20 to 25. Before I take the chainsaw to them I’d like to let people know they are available if anyone wants to come and dig some up. They can contact me by phone or email below. 

Bob Mora

Contact Bob @  or 530-272-4595

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Wine Exchange at January Meeting

From Peter Willcox:

We’re  planning the wine exchange at the January meeting.  It’ll be like last year, about a full case for exchanging with all, less if you want to do less.  All on a bottle for bottle basis.  We will advise in January how much to bring, if you wish to do a full exchange.  Please let Peter Willcox know your intentions, so we can coordinate quantities. 

Contact Peter at:

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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...