SANTA ROSA, California – September 1, 2020 –To address a critical need, Sonoma County Vintners/Foundation has partnered with American AgCredit to provide a dedicated Sonoma County workforce active COVID-19 testing program for Sonoma County wineries. As part of this partnership, Sonoma County Vintners Foundation and American AgCredit will subsidize a portion of testing costs in order to assist association winery members and make this program as approachable as possible to those needing tests. The drive-thru testing site provided by TotalWellness, is located in at the Sonoma County Vintners offices in Northern Santa Rosa. Testing is available once a week through October 22 by prior appointment.
“We are incredibly proud to offer this service to our wine community during their very busy harvest season,” says Sonoma County Vintners/Foundation Executive Director Michael Haney. “As advocates for our wine community, we are always seeking ways we can alleviate any challenges for our members, and we are grateful for American AgCredit’s constant support of our community.”
The Sonoma County Vintners/Foundation COVID-19 testing program can be utilized as a proactive approach to protect staff and to discover potential outbreaks before a spread to an entire winery or vineyard workforce occurs. The testing site is open every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. through October 22 and located in the American AgCredit Parking Lot at 400 Aviation Blvd. in Santa Rosa. Members of Sonoma County Vintners receive special pricing at $120 per test and non-members can purchase tests for $135 per test.
“Our job at American AgCredit it to remain a steadfast partner for farmers and ranchers, particularly as this county enters grape harvest,” says Clay Popko, American AgCredit Regional Banking Executive. “Supporting a testing program helps us all work toward a better tomorrow.”
In order to participate, wineries must register for the testing program through the Sonoma County Vintners/Foundation. Participants will complete an online appointment reservation. At the drive-thru site, a saliva test will be administered and results will be available online within 48-72 hours after completing the test.
About Sonoma County Vintners
Sonoma County Vintners is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions which was named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast in 2019. Sonoma County Vintners represents over 260 wineries throughout the county. The organization actively promotes Sonoma County through educational programming; advocates for its members at local, state and federal levels; and contributes to the local communities through our Sonoma County Vintners Foundation. Sonoma County Wine Auction, its annual fundraiser, has raised over $36 million benefitting non-profit organizations throughout the region. To learn more about Sonoma County Vintners, visit sonomawine.com.
About Sonoma County Vintners Foundation
The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation provides support to our local community through philanthropy and charitable giving. Our fundraising efforts have a direct impact in the areas of education, health and human services, the environment and arts and culture. Our signature fundraising event, Sonoma County Wine Auction has been recognized as one of Wine Spectator’s Top Charity Wine Auctions in the United States. The 2020 Sonoma County Wine Auction is online September 17 to 20, 2020. To learn more or register to participate, visit: sonomacountywineauction.com.
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About American AgCredit
Founded in 1916, American AgCredit specializes in providing financial services to agricultural and rural customers throughout California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas and Oklahoma, as well as to capital markets customers in all 50 states. We serve customers through 34 branch offices located throughout the Western and Midwestern states, with corporate headquarters based in Santa Rosa, California.
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