SONOMA, CA (January 25, 2021) – The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA), a nonprofit trade association representing more than 100 wineries and 140 grape producers in the Sonoma Valley, has announced new leadership on the marketing organization’s board of directors.
Prema Behan, CEO of Three Sticks Wines and Head High Wines, remains chairman for the third and final year. Tom Rouse of Landmark Vineyards will be Vice President, former Vice President Erich Bradley of Pangloss Cellars and Repris was elected Secretary, and Stephen Sangiacomo of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards and Ann Moller-Ruck of Blue Farm Vineyards and Stone Ridge Farm Estate were named Co-Treasurers.
Our wine community and the SVVGA have a challenging but exciting year ahead of them, says Behan. With the impact of COWID-19, the 2020 fires, changing consumer preferences and the need to rethink and change the way we sell and market our wines, our Board of Directors is focused on developing the organization to best serve our members. The result of this work is a stronger, more customer-focused organization that is integrated into and supports our community as a whole. The health of our members’ businesses, the local economy, and the workforce is our top priority as we continue to create value for our riding and grow as an industry.
The new board members are Tom Blackwood of Buena Vista Winery and Mia Stornetta of Atlas Vineyard Management, as well as appointed members Quinn Arntzen of Farella Braun + Martel, Justin Bain of MacArthur Place and Tim Zahner of Sonoma Valley Travel Bureau. Former Beltane Ranch board secretary Lauren Benward and former author Wines President Kenneth Yuhash retired after six years with the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance.
The full SVVGA 2021 Board of Directors includes Prema Behan, president of Three Sticks Wines; Tom Rouse, vice president of Landmark Vineyards; Erich Bradley, secretary of Pangloss Cellars and Repris ; Stephen Sangiacomo, co-treasurer of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards; Ann Moller-Ruck, Vineyards and Wines of Blue Farms at Stone Edge; Quinn Doctors, Farella Brown + Martel; Justin Bain, MacArthur Place; Tom Blackwood, Buena Vista Winery; Brayne Royal, E. Bradley, fellow treasurer. & J. Gallo Winery, Monte Rosso Vineyards; Chris Sebastiani, Vianza Sonoma; Taylor Serres, Rancho Serres and Serres Rancho; Mia Stornetta, Atlas Vineyard Management; and Tim Zahner, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau.
The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit organization with over 500 members whose mission is to advance knowledge of grapes, wine and the history of Sonoma Valley as the birthplace of the California wine industry. The Sonoma Valley consists of six of the eighteen American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in Sonoma County: Bennett Valley, Los Carneros, Moon Mountain area, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain and Sonoma Valley. For more information on the SVVGA, visit http://www.SonomaValleyWine.com or call 707-935-0803.
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