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V2V Wine Safari: Turning Wine into Water


V2V Wine Safari:
Turning Wine into Water

By Amy Holter

V2V Wine SafariThis November, Global Partners for Development will host its first annual V2V Wine Safari, in which ticket holders will gain access to free tastings at eight boutique Sonoma County wineries that are helping to “turn wine into water” for children in Africa. Through Vineyards to Villages (V2V), the Sonoma County wine industry raises funds for clean water projects at elementary schools in western Kenya. Participating wineries donate 1/3 of the sales price of designated V2V wines in their tasting rooms to the cause. 

Access to potable water and hygiene facilities remains a key public health issue around the globe. Waterborne disease is rampant in western Kenya and causes chronic illness and death, especially among young children. In 2013, only half of Kenyans had access to a clean water source. In 2011, the World Health Organization attributed global economic losses of $260 billion to the reduced productivity of disease-affected populations and the opportunity costs of time spent collecti

ng water.

V2V Wine Safari

The V2V program funds clean water infrastructure, sanitation facilities, hygiene education, and community water kiosks at village primary schools in western Kenya. Each school forms a water committee to manage the projects and provide sustainability over time. V2V has raised more than $70,000 in its first 18 months and has brought clean water to thousands of children and their families. 

When families are freed from the burdens of waterborne disease, they have the opportunity to commit their time and energy toward educational and entrepreneurial activities and contribute to the development of their own communities. 

Safari tickets are $40 and can be purchased at The tickets provide a FREE TASTING November 14 to 22 at each of the following wineries: 


• Christopher Creek Winery • Deux Amis Winery

• Esterlina Vineyards & Winery • Fritz Underground Winery

• Merriam Vineyards • Pedroncelli Winery

• Viszlay Vineyards • Windsor Tasting Lounge


V2V is managed by Global Partners for Development, a Rohnert Park-based organization that seeks to address community-level needs in the areas of health, water, and education in East Africa.  For information on the V2V Wine Safari, contact Amy Holter, Director of Programs and Evaluation for Global Partners at