Please Donate Now to #LakeCountyRising – Valley Fire Relief Fund

In September 2015, the Valley Fire swept through southern Lake County. It was an unprecedented inferno – the third most destructive wildfire in California’s history. It scorched more than 115 miles, claimed the lives of four people, and destroyed 1,300 homes, leaving thousands suddenly homeless.

We were saddened by the terrible fire and losses in our community. So many had lost so much.

In the days after the fire, three local industry organizations – Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Winery Association, and Lake County Wine Alliance – joined forces and, with the encouragement of U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson,  established #LakeCountyRising, a collaborative fundraising effort designed to connect the generous outpouring of support from our industry with the long-term rebuilding needs of our communities.

To date, nearly $1 million has been raised. The rebuilding has begun, but the need is still great.

Please give what you can to help provide resources necessary to rebuild after the Valley Fire. Your generous donation will be used to support rebuilding efforts focused on livelihood, housing, and community needs.





Checks may be made payable to “The Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund” and mailed to:

Lake County Wine Alliance
P.O. Box 530
Kelseyville, CA 95451

Campaign Resources

Download a one-page information sheet on #LakeCountyRising that you can email or print (PDF).

Download our FAQs for answers to frequently asked questions.

Read the press release for more information about the #LakeCountyRising campaign to help rebuilding efforts.


USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers: news release from USDA.

USDA Tree Assistance Program (TAP) provides financial assistance to qualifying growers for vines damaged by natural disasters.

USDA Rural Development can assist with housing for those with damaged residential property.

USDA Risk Management Agency provides federal crop insurance. Farmers should contact their crop insurance agent to discuss losses.

News & Information

Press Release: #LakeCountyRising Issues First Distribution Checks

Press Release: #LakeCountyRising Fundraising Effort Reaches $275,000 in 12 Days

Press Release: Beckstoffer Vineyards Contributes $50k to #LakeCountyRising

Video: Peter Molnar from Obsidian Ridge Winery talking about the ‪#‎ValleyFire‬ and the 2015 harvest: “We feel very grateful for this vintage. It will be one we will not forget for a long time.”

This fundraising effort is led by the Lake County Winegrape Commission, the Lake County Winery Association, and the Lake County Wine Alliance.

Calendar of Events

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
LCWC Marketing Committee Meeting 1:30 pm
LCWC Marketing Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
Apr 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Agenda – LCWC Marketing Committee, April 10, 2018
LCWC Community/Industry Relations Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Community/Industry Relations Meeting @ LCWC Office
Apr 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Agenda – LCWC Community-Industry Relations Committee, April 10, 2018
LCWC Finance Committee Meeting 1:00 pm
LCWC Finance Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Finance Committee, April 12, 2018
LCWC Research & Education Committee Meeting 9:00 am
LCWC Research & Education Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Agenda – LCWC Research and Education Committee, April 13, 2018
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting 2:30 pm
LCWC Executive Committee Meeting @ LCWC Office
Apr 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Executive Committee, April 24, 2018
LCWC Board Meeting 3:00 pm
LCWC Board Meeting @ LCWC Office
Apr 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Agenda – LCWC Board Meeting, April 24, 2018
The Future of Lake County: Vineyard and Grape Pricing Trends 9:00 am
The Future of Lake County: Vineyard and Grape Pricing Trends @ Lake County Winegrape Commission Office
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am
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