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 25 years and counting working to loosen up the post-Prohibition restrictions in California law and broaden access to domestic markets. Read more about
News & Events
July 1 marks start of new stormwater permit
The new General Industrial Permit for stormwater is effective on July 1. Wineries are covered by the permit. Those with existing permits must recertify the permit through the SMARTS online system. Wineries that qualify for the No Exposure Certificate must file online by October 1. NEC filing is now required online instead of self-certification. Given the volume of activity expected the SMARTS system may be slow. The help line is (916) 341-5517.
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