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Family Winemakers of California is an “organization that reflects the ‘little guy’s’ point of view.” With nearly 3,800 licensed wineries in California someone needs to be the actual voice 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.

Our beginnings are humble. Family Winemakers was founded in 1990 after the wine market order extension was voted down in a true grassroots campaign. Industry growth and public policy on a myriad of issues begged for input from small producers. One man, one vote is the bedrock principle behind Family Winemakers that guides our views on legislation, regulation, litigation and business practices. Read more about

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Wine Educators Return To China

Cramming two and a half days of intense class work and visits to over 40 wineries throughout the state in two weeks should give six wine educators a solid foundation in California fine wine to spread the word in China.  The Family Winemakers/Stonebridge Research EMP Grant brought Ian Dai, Dorian Tang, Martin Hao, Jim Yang, Melody Ren and Chen Ji to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa this month to build a foundation for ongoing education of wine professionals in China.  Their tour of Napa, Sonoma and the central coast counties was an eye-opener.   Read more

FWC 2015 Pomona Tasting — March 15

Family Winemakers presents its 1st tasting of small, family-owned wineries from across California in Pomona at the Fairplex Exposition Center.  The event is moving after 11 years in Pasadena to broaden its audience.  It's only minutes down the freeway from our old digs.  Winery registration opens in mid-October.  Read more

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