Family Winemakers of California Updated:07/2022

Family Winemakers of California was formed in response to a need for the small wine producers voice to be heard in public policy decisions. The association is structured on a one-winery, one-vote basis to ensure that all viewpoints are considered in policy positions.
Family Winemakers of California is an “organization that reflects the small producer's point of view.” With nearly 5,400 licensed wineries in California someone needs to consistently speak for small, family wineries in the fight for more access to markets, protecting individual freedom from government over-regulation, and fostering aspirations to make the best wine.
In fulfilling its mission, the association has sponsored legislation in the past 12 years to expand the ability of wineries, particularly small producers, to compete in the marketplace. Additionally, FWC has taken a leadership role in pushing and funding the litigation strategy to open up domestic markets for direct-to-consumer wine sales. That investment resulted in the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned discriminatory laws in Michigan and New York.  FWC recently prevailed in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in its case against Massachusetts's discriminatory production cap law.

Family Winemakers also assists its members in marketing their wines by organizing three wine tastings each year.  Two are in the Southern California market for consumers and the wine trade (San Diego and Pasadena). The other is our annual San Francisco tasting that just completed its 20th year. The San Francisco event is a two-day event in which consumers can attend the first day. The tastings allow small producers to cost effectively reach the wine buying trade

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1001 K Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 498-7500
Fax: (916) 498-7505

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