Garage Enologists of Sonoma County

Sonoma County, California

GENCO was formed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and  information, and to promote viticulture and production of quality wine within the membership. We share information on experiences, successes, failures, and pitfalls in making wine and conduct tastings of member wines for evaluation and enjoyment.

At each meeting we explore a subject of particular interest to our members regarding home winemaking or grape growing. We have an open discussion at some meetings and at others we have a knowledgeable guest speaker. We share in the purchase of winemaking supplies (bottles, corks, carboys, supplies, etc.) to obtain larger lots for better pricing.

GENCO meets once a month in or near Healdsburg. The group shares ideas, problems, and wine, and is not only informative, but fun. We have beginner and experienced winemakers. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about GENCO, please contact us at

" I drink wine, because I don't like to keep things bottled up! "
- Bill Mitchell
Next Meeting

Next meeting is Wednesday, February 28th, 7:00 pm
at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Healdsburg
Bring 1 wine glasses

Speaker: Bruce Hagen, Director of Education


Considering the number of new or newer members who made wine for the first time during the last harvest season, those who are giving it some serious consideration, and those members who are a bit unsure of about the entire winemaking process, I thought it would be helpful to review the process for making a red wine to get everyone on the same page.

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Competition & Awards

2024 California State Fair Home Wine Competition
Entry Form Deadline: Feb.29th
Wine Entry Deadline: Feb. 29th

2024 Alameda County Amateur Wine Competition
Entry Form Deadline: March 1st
Wine Entry Deadline: March 1st

2024 Winemaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competiton
Entry Form Deadline: March 15th
Wine Entry Deadline: March 15th

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