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Global Partners Launches ‘Vineyards to Villages’ Wine Tour

Sonoma County, Ca. – On May 10, Global Partners for Development will launch its ‘Vineyards to Villages’ (V2V) Wine Tour to continue “Turning Sonoma County Wine into African Water.” The tour will feature 10 boutique, family-owned wineries in the Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys that are committed to supporting people living in poverty in rural East Africa.

Dave Stare, founder of Dry Creek Vineyard and Global Partners’ Board President, created V2V for the purpose of partnering with the wine industry to bring clean water to African communities. In recognition of the need for clean, accessible water in remote parts of Africa, tour participants and other donors hope to eventually sponsor some of the most expansive privately funded water projects in Africa.

Participating wineries include Christopher Creek Winery, De La Montanya Winery, Deux Amis Winery, Dom Whitney Wines, Fritz Winery, Hawley Winery, Merriam Winery, Williamson Wines, Wilson Winery, and Viszlay Vineyards. Dominic Foppoli, owner of Christopher Creek Winery, was instrumental in the development of the tour and says it is a unique opportunity for local small businesses to work together to make a difference.

The winery owners chose to fund water systems for schools in a very poor, dry area of Kenya. The project, called KKC WASH, will provide clean, accessible water and hygiene education for children at up to 20 schools in the Kasipul Kabando Constituency (KKC). These wineries designated a “V2V Wine” in each of their tasting rooms, and half of the sales price of V2V wines will go directly to their first school, Apondo Primary School near Oyugis, Kenya.

Global Partners is a nonprofit organization based in Rohnert Park that works with communities to develop individualized solutions to problems related to education, health, and water in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Local underwriters cover all overhead, fundraising, and administrative costs at Global Partners, so funds raised by V2V will go directly to water projects.

Other V2V donors include Bevill Vineyard Management, Dry Creek Vineyard, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Korbel Winery, Pedroncelli Winery, and V2 Wine Group and they support various V2V projects across East Africa.

For more information on V2V and Global Partners, visit www.gpfd.org or contact Amy Holter at aholter@gpfd.org or (707) 588-0550.