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• Meet people with similar interests, attend meetings and special events,  taste great wine and socialize.

• Help others make wine and learn from experienced grape growers and winemakers.

• Borrow, buy, or rent equipment.  Get leads on grapes for sale and free.

• Access how-to presentations and mentors to learn winemaking best practices.

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News You Can Use

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Next Meeting

Thursday August 8,

Annual Member's Party

 Location and time TBD

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Thank You, Dennis Stroud! 

On July 11 2024 owner of Vintage Supply Partners  shared his knowledge of harvesting preparation.


Join us at the Sonoma's Tuesday Night Market

on July 23, and Aug. 27. 

We will be on the west side of the Town Hall, just off the east west path. Guests are welcome! Stop by to taste our wines, meet our members and learn about our club.

Supporting our Community

Sonoma Home Winemakers donated 20 professional grade pruning shears to the SVHS Viticulture Program

We are proud of our support of Sonoma High School Viticulture program by donating much needed tools to this popular program. Included in the picture are SHW members Bob Brindley, Doug Ghiselin, and Rebecca Kreeger.  Also pictured are Pat Stornetta, industry advisor to the program; a faculty member Lori Bisordi with daughter and students Audrey Clarke, and Mari Suazo The photo was taken by Les Boschke

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Supporting Mount Veeder Fire Safety Council at the Home Winemaker Classic.

Board Members Paul Pastorino and Rebecca Kreeger poured a selection of Sonoma Home Wines at the Home Winemaker Classic Napa.  This event supports the Mount Veeder Fire Safety Council.

About Us


The Sonoma Home Winemakers (SHW) is a group of home winemakers whose charter is to promote the fine art of growing grapes and making great wine and to share information among its members. We are centered in Sonoma California and we make wine from grapes gown primarily in Sonoma County. We meet once a month to share ideas and information, evaluate and taste each others wines, and host a speaker from the wine community. If you would like to learn more about us come to a members meeting as a guest. If you'd like to join our organization the dues are only $40 a year. And if you’re a member of the wine community with knowledge to share with our group, please let us know. We are always happy to meet new people.


We grow our grapes in our private vineyards, backyards, acquire grapes from local sources, or just help out fellow members with their winemaking. Our varietals range from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel and Pinot Noir to the distinctive Tanat, Sangiovese, Syrah, Primativo, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Additionally, SHW manages and farms the Tex Juen vineyard located on Leveroni Road in Sonoma. This vineyard was established on land leased from the City of Sonoma for the education of SHW members and is fully maintained by the organization. Members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in experiencing hands-on viticulture and are rewarded with a share of the wine that is made from that vineyard.

Sonoma Home Winemakers is an active member of the Sonoma community. We have been a co-sponsor, along with the Sonoma Plaza Kiwanis and Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, of past Sonoma Valley Uncorked events which benefited the efforts of those two organizations in serving the needs of valley youth and other programs. This and other community engagements offer SHW members the opportunity to share their wines with the broader community and to share their knowledge and skills of home winemaking.


  • President: Bob Brindley

  • Vice-President:  Paul Pastorino

  • Treasurer:  Brian Middleton

  • Secretary:  Rebecca Kreeger

  • Membership Chair:  Faye Mellos

  • Website:  Gregory Levinson

  • Members at Large:  Doug Ghiselin and Peter Stanford.

Welcome to the SHW!
Brad Day President of SHW

Hello from the Sonoma Valley Home Winemakers! I’m glad you found our website, and if you’re interested in home winemaking I hope you’ll join us at one of our monthly meetings. The goal of our group is to help hobby winemakers make wine and hopefully new friends along the way. Each month we get together and bring a speaker to teach us about the different aspects of making wine: from pruning the vineyard, to harvesting the grapes, to making the beautiful wine that you can share with friends and family.

I joined the club a few years ago and I’ve found it to be immensely helpful. There’s only so much you can learn in books and online. Being able to ask professional winemakers as well as other hobby winemakers how they make their wine has improved my winemaking skills. Plus you get to taste some fantastic wine!

If you’re interested in home winemaking or you’re already on your way, I encourage you to come by our next monthly meeting (no experience or vineyard necessary). Everyone is welcome!


Brad Day, Former Co-President 

Sonoma Home Winemakers

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