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.

Massachusetts DTC forms available

The Massachusetts ABC has its direct shipping license forms available for wineries that want to ship starting January 1, 2015.  The online, fillable PDF form is available at ABCC website (you need Adobe reader to open and use the form.  Wineries also need to register at MassTax Connect to pay the required excise taxes.  It's been a long wait since FWC first filed its lawsuit in the Bay State to get to this point.  Help more wine consumers find your wine.

A decade after Granholm hearing

In a fast-paced world not many look back 10 years ago to recall one of the most seminal moments in wine industry history.  On December 7, 2004 the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Granholm v. Heald and the decision it rendered five months later forever changed the arc of how wine is sold to consumers in the nation and the fortunes of small producers.  And, Family Winemakers, with the unstinting support of its small, family-owned winery members, played an integral role in pressing the litigation strategy that led to that hearing.  The full court transcript is Docket 03-1116 at http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcript/2004.

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