GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (June 1, 2016) – Virginia Dare Winery announced today that it has signed on as the premier partner of the Sonoma Stompers as part of a three-year sponsorship agreement. The independent, professional baseball team located at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field in the heart of Sonoma will partner with the historical winery whose origins date back to the 1830s, aligning with the beginning of baseball in the United States. American wines since 1835, Virginia Dare Winery celebrates the myths, people, places and history that shaped winemaking in this country.
“The Virginia Dare Winery and baseball both began around the same time in American history which is why this partnership is so fitting,” said Francis Ford Coppola. “As a baseball fan, I’m excited to be supporting a local team while also paying homage to the sport’s origins.”
Visitors to the ballpark will notice a few renovations this year, mostly to the ballpark’s most upscale food and beverage club section, which is now called Werowocomoco (WHERE-oh-whoa-como-ko). The name comes from the capital of the Powhatan Confederacy when Jamestown was founded in 1607, and ties in nicely with the early American Virginia Dare heritage story.
The Stompers opened the season May 31, 2016, and start their home season in Sonoma on Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. against the Vallejo Admirals. Full Season tickets, mini-plans and partial season tickets are on sale at www.Stompersbaseball.com.
Virginia Dare Winery, American wines since 1835, pays tribute to America’s winegrowing heritage. The existence of the 400-year-old scuppernong “Mother Vine,” a variety of muscadine, growing on Roanoke Island, North Carolina is intertwined with the story of one of the first English settlements in the New World, which later mysteriously disappeared without a trace, leaving nothing but a spellbinding story of mythical and mysterious characters – each of which grace the labels of our wines. Crafted with grapes from the finest viticulture regions in California, our wines are rich with characteristics befitting an American legend: Pure. Natural. Distinctive. Learn more by visiting Virginia Dare Winery located at 22281 Chianti Road, Geyserville, CA 95441.
The Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club was founded in 2014 and is a member of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. It plays its home games at People’s Home Equity Ballpark at Arnold Field, just a block away from Sonoma’s historic square. The independent baseball club has had two players in its history signed by Major League Baseball organizations, as Sonoma’s own Jayce Ray was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and Santos Saldivar was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers shortly before the 2016 season. For more information on the team, visit StompersBaseball.com or visit the team’s Fan Shop located at 234 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.