WGWinery was founded in 1996, when owner/vintner Bill Pesonen first purchased his property in the northern, rolling hills of the Alexander Valley, and laid out plans to plant a five-acre tract with Cabernet Sauvignon. The present-day winery and tasting room followed a few years later, along with three acres of Petite Sirah on Melanie Peña’s and Mark Perry’s neighboring property, Vinas de las Peñas. An additional two acres of Cabernet, as well as a grove of olive trees, were added soon after.
Since then, Bill and his team have produced premium award-winning red wines, beginning with his 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was honored with a Double Gold medal in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in 2011.
Recent Press Mentions
In early March 2021, Bill served his fourth consecutive year as a judge in the 38th annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, held in his hometown of Cloverdale (Sonoma County), California. Bill had the honor of judging on a three-personal panel, which included Carrie Boyle, a Sacramento wine broker and freelance author for the Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Magazine, and Chronicle wine critic and expert Esther Mobley. Check out Carrie’s take on judging here.
In our ongoing commitment to our community, we partner with a number of local charities to support their ongoing initiatives that improve the lives of our friends and neighbors in Sonoma County and beyond. We are honored to donate to the following organizations:
- Food for Thought (Sonoma)
- Redwood Empire Food Bank
- KRCB (Local PBS station)
- Northern Sonoma County Health Care Foundation
- Alexander Valley Film Society
- OUTRight (LGBT)
- Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce
- Sonoma County Human Services – The Children’s Fund
- Coming soon – Sonoma County Humane Society