Our Story

We strive to build a vibrant, local community for winemakers, vineyard growers, and wine enthusiasts by providing a robust event calendar and by serving as a connector among the participants in our local wine and vineyard community.

PCWGA provides educational programs to its members and the public, encourages the use of ecologically sound and sustainable agricultural practices, and serves as an advocate for the wine and grape industry in public and government matters.

The Placer County Wine and Grape Association (PCWGA) was established in 1999 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation established to promote the making of wine and the growing of wine grapes on both a commercial basis and as a hobby.

Our Region

The topography, soil, and climate of Placer County are perfect for wine grapes as it is similar to Southern France and Italy both in temperature (heat summation) and soil content. In the long summer months, grapes are easily ripened to perfection culminating in wine that is rich and deep in color and flavor.


To provide educational programs associated with viticulture and enology to the membership and to the general public which encourages the cultivation of wine grapes for the making of wine in Placer County using ecologically sound and sustainable agricultural practices.

To conduct a donations program providing funds and/or human resources to public benefit and charitable activities.

To provide advisory support to community activities associated with wine grape growing, wine making, and wine appreciation.

To preserve the history of agricultural practices, specifically grape and wine production within the
Placer County community.

Our Board

Satt Bains, President

Lisa Giampietro, Treasurer

Jim Allen, Director Website

Deborah Rheam, Secretary

Don Witt, Public Relations

Craig Beechum, Director Membership


 Joe Chavez, Director of Social Media

Michael Orton, Director at Large

Erin Colmar, Director at Large