On September 13, Global Partners For Development brought a little bit of Africa to Sonoma County’s wine country. Dave Stare, founder of Dry Creek Vineyard and President of Global Partners, organized the evening to celebrate and support the unique partnership that has been built between the wine industry and African communities through the Vineyards to Villages (V2V) initiative. Through V2V, the Sonoma County wine industry is “turning wine into water” by funding clean water infrastructure, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education for small, rural communities in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Specifically, 100% of proceeds from this concert will go directly to water infrastructure for school children that currently have no access to clean water in Oyugis, Kenya.

Actress, writer, and interesting person, Alexi Wasser (imboycrazy.com), hosted the event and introduced the internationally renowned, all-star West African Highlife Band. The concert was held at The Raven Performing Arts Theater in downtown Healdsburg. Wines from V2V contributing wineries were served.

There was an amazing VIP winemaker dinner at Baci Café and Wine Bar in downtown Healdsburg. Winery owners from Christopher Creek Winery, Williamson Wines, and Viszlay Vineyards shared their stories and poured a few of their boutique, small-batch wines.

Now we are off to build water projects at schools the funds raised for this event will grately help support Oyugis, Kenya.

V2V contributing wineries include: Bevill Vineyard Management, Christopher Creek Winery, De La Montanya Winery, Deux Amis Winery, Dom Whitney Wines, Dry Creek Vineyard, E. J. Gallo Winery, Fritz Winery, Hawley Winery, Korbel Winery, Merriam Winery, Pedroncelli Winery, Williamson Wines, Wilson Winery, V2 Wine Group, and Viszlay Vineyards.