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Vineyards to Villages raises money to bring water to villages in Africa

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Vineyards to Villages raises money to bring water to villages in Africa

By Amy Holter

Vineyards to Villages (V2V) was started by members of the Sonoma County wine industry in partnership with Global Partners for Development to bring clean water infrastructure to schools in western Kenya. This September, V2V will host the 2nd annual V2V Wine Safari to give people the opportunity to drink boutique Sonoma County wines while supporting clean water projects for schoolchildren in Africa.

The V2V Wine Safari includes complimentary tastings at 11 wineries in Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys from September 3-11. Intimate tastings of exceptional high-end wines, often hosted by the owners themselves, will allow for a truly unique wine country experience complete with keepsake wine glass, raffles, and more! When you purchase a safari ticket, you will be entered to win a case of wine and other great wine-related prizes. For every bottle of V2V wine you purchase, you’ll receive an extra raffle ticket. If you visit all ten wineries and post a picture of your completed safari ticket on our Facebook page, you’ll receive 10 extra raffle tickets!

Participating wineries will donate 1/3 of the sales price of one of their wines to V2V throughout the event. Tickets are $50 (a $130 value) with an early bird discount to $40 with code V2V2016 until August 31st. All ticket sales go directly to V2V.

V2V Wine Safari wineries are: Christopher Creek Winery, Deux Amis Winery, Fritz Underground Winery, Merriam Vineyards, Pedroncelli Winery, Portalupi Wine, Thumbprint Cellars, Trione Winery, Williamson Wines, the Windsor Tasting Lounge, and Viszlay Vineyards.

Access to potable water 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. Through V2V, wineries and wine tasters alike are changing this statistic with a goal of funding clean water infrastructure at 50 schools by 2020.

In February 2015, two Sonoma County winery owners, Dominic Foppoli of Christopher Creek Winery and John Viszlay of Viszlay Vineyards, visited the first projects funded by V2V in Kenya. 

“John and I witnessed the fact that thousands of children in these communities still attend schools with no clean drinking water, and this should be unacceptable to us in today’s world,” said Foppoli. “Since Global Partners is a locally run organization, it is possible to be an active donor even though the beneficiaries are half a world away.”

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Amy Holter, Director of Programs & Evaluation
Global Partners for Development
Tel: 252.717.3874