Who We Are

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 24 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 and UPS offer discount shipping

Members of Family Winemakers now have the opportunity to utilize our new UPS discount shipping program.  Savings can be substantial based on the volume of wine shipped.  Log in to the Member Page to find more information and how to get started.

Water bond endorsed by FWC passes

Californians on November 4 passed Family Winemakers-endorsed Proposition 1 with 66.8% of the vote.  Passage of the $7.5 billion water bond is essential to developing new water supplies through surface and groundwater storage, as well as cleaning up water for reuse.  

WineAmerica goes after COOL rule

"Given the negative impact on the U.S. manufacturing and agriculture economy, we respectfully submit that it would be intolerable for the United States to maintain, even briefly, a rule that has been deemed noncompliant by the WTO," stated a letter signed by 109 business and agricultural groups asking Congress to act during the recess.  WineAmerica, concerned about Canadian wine tariffs, was a signatory.

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