Family Winemakers of California
Family Winemakers of California was formed in response to a need for the small wine producers voice to be heard in public policy decisions. The association is structured on a one-winery, one-vote basis to ensure that all viewpoints are considered in policy positions.
Family Winemakers of California advocates the rights and interests of its members to freely produce, market and sell their products, and is dedicated to preserving the diversity of California wine.
In fulfilling its mission, the association has sponsored legislation in the past 12 years to expand the ability of wineries, particularly small producers, to compete in the marketplace. Additionally, FWC has taken a leadership role in pushing and funding the litigation strategy to open up domestic markets for direct-to-consumer wine sales. That investment resulted in the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned discriminatory laws in Michigan and New York.  FWC recently prevailed in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in its case against Massachusetts's discriminatory production cap law.

Family Winemakers also assists its members in marketing their wines by organizing three wine tastings each year.  Two are in the Southern California market for consumers and the wine trade (San Diego and Pasadena). The other is our annual San Francisco tasting that just completed its 20th year. The San Francisco event is a two-day event in which consumers can attend the first day. The tastings allow small producers to cost effectively reach the wine buying trade

Contact Family Winemakers of California

Paul Kronenberg
520 Capitol Mall, #260
Sacramento, California  95814
Phone: (916) 498-7500
Fax: (916) 498-7505


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California

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