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Family Winemakers of California is an “organization that reflects the small producer's point of view.” With nearly 5,300 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. 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. We’ve spent 25 years and counting working to loosen up the post-Prohibition restrictions in California law and broaden access to domestic markets. Read more about

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FWC President to retire

The Board of Directors of Family Winemakers announced this week that President Paul Kronenberg will be retiring at the end of December after 17 plus years of leadership on behalf of the small producer association.  "Over the past 17 years Paul has championed small, family-owned winery public policy concerns in Sacramento's legislative and regulatory arenas," said FWC Chairman Joseph Harbison.  "Improving market access for small producers has always been a major tenet of the organization and FWC's success in shepherding the legal effort that led to the seminal direct shipping victory in Granholm v. Heald, and its capacity cap decision in the Massachusetts case are a result of his tireless efforts.  We look forward to continuing FWC's public policy engagement.  We greatly appreciate what he has done for our members and the industry, and we wish him success."  The Board has begun the process of managing the leadership transition.

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