California Association of Winegrape GrowersCalifornia Association of Winegrape Growers
The California Association of Winegrape Growers
Established in 1974, the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) is an advocate for farmers, providing leadership on public policies, research and education programs, sustainable farming practices and trade policy to enhance the California winegrape growing business and our communities.
- Represent growers before legislative bodies, government agencies and the news media.
- Provide an open forum to exchange ideas.
- Resolve issues related to growing and marketing. Encourage cooperative efforts among grape growers.
- Support the continued production of quality winegrapes. Work to stimulate consumption of grapes for wine and other grape-based products.
- Collect and disseminate information on production and marketing to members.
- Provide industry leadership on the development and implementation of best practices.
California Sustainable Winegrowing AllianceCalifornia Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
A Partnership Between California Vintners and Winegrape Growers
The Sustainable Winegrowing Program was initiated in January 2001 by winegrowing members of Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) to promote vineyard and winery practices that are sensitive to the environment, responsive to the needs and interests of society-at-large, and economically feasible to implement and maintain. Wine Institute is a public policy advocacy group, representing more than 975 California wineries and affiliated businesses responsible for 85 percent of the nation’s wine production. CAWG is a public policy advocacy group of winegrape growers, representing more than 60 percent of the total annual grape crush. Together they developed the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices workbook as the basis for the Sustainable Winegrowing Program, providing a tool for vintners and growers to assess their practices and learn how to improve their overall sustainability. Wine Institute and CAWG formed the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance to assist in program implementation. These organizations will continue to work together to promote sustainable winegrowing practices that benefit the environment, the community and high quality grapes and wine.
A Proactive Approach to Sustainability
As the State’s population explodes and urban areas encroach on traditionally rural farmland, the California wine community is taking a proactive, precautionary approach to address increasing pressure resulting from public and legislative perceptions, environmental decisions from regulatory and governmental bodies, and other growth-related issues. By adopting and implementing the Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices, members of the California wine community can greatly augment their collective and individual ability to respond to these pressures while demonstrating that they are responsible neighbors and committed stewards of the land.
Corralitos Wine TrailCorralitos Wine Trail
Sunny Corralitos, at the southern, coastal end of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, is 20 minutes south of Santa Cruz and
an hour south of San Jose.
In this idyllic spot for grape growing, four independent, family-owned wineries have established the Corralitos Wine Trail:
Alfaro Family Vineyards, Nicholson Vineyards, Pleasant Valley Vineyards and Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery .
Family Winemakers of CaliforniaFamily Winemakers of California
Family Winemakers of California was founded in 1991 to give voice and presence to small, family wineries in the public policy arena. In the wake of the referendum on the wine market order, which was not extended, several small wineries created another vintner association apart from Wine Institute.
Family Winemakers was originally named Premium Winemakers of America, a reflection of the organization’s roots in producing quality table wine. In 1992, the organization was renamed Family Winemakers of California because it was an “organization that reflects the ‘little guy’s’ point of view.” The concept behind the association was to protect individual freedom from government over-regulation. The founders believed that an organization of this type would unite small wineries and address issues that were neglected by the California Wine Commission and Wine Institute.
Friends of the WinemakersFriends of the Winemakers
Friends of the Winemakers is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to preserve the history of winemaking and the enjoyment of wine in the Santa Clara Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains; to share the knowledge with others; to stimulate interests about vineyards, varieties of wine, and the process of wine production; and to support our winery members through publicity and various activities.
Each month we schedule a wine oriented activity. Some of these involve visits to local wineries and tastings in support of the Santa Clara Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains wine industry. We help non-profit organizations with volunteer assistance by pouring wine at their events. Looking ahead, we’re working to further encourage knowledge about our local winemaking industry and to preserve its history through the establishment of a Santa Clara Valley/Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Museum.
Half Moon Bay Coastside ChamberHalf Moon Bay Coastside Chamber
This website has been designed for you to easily access an online Business Directory of local businesses, information on visiting Half Moon Bay California and the surrounding Coastside area, living on the Half Moon Bay Coastside and finding business resource information for companies operating along the Half Moon Bay California coast.
San Jose Chamber of CommerceSan Jose Chamber of Commerce
As the region’s leading voice of business since 1886, the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce speaks on issues of importance to businesses across the Santa Clara Valley. Our membership ranges from large Fortune 500 firms to small, family-owned businesses. They share a common understanding: protecting and improving the Silicon Valley business climate is the key to our future economic prosperity.
SJSV Chamber’s annual program of work is led by a 70-member board that consists of business leaders from our membership located across the entire Silicon Valley. Acting on behalf of nearly 1,500 members, the chamber creates nearly 100 programs and events for members that build a strong local economy and provide premier business connections and exposure to companies that represent nearly 250,000 employees throughout the region. Annually, the chamber’s resources make nearly 90,000 business referrals to our members.
Santa Clara Chamber of CommerceSanta Clara Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitor’s Bureau, your business and visitor resource for Silicon Valley Central. Located just north of San Jose, Santa Clara is a culturally and economically diverse city. Our businesses range from small owner operated businesses to large manufacturing and semiconductor organizations. During your visit to our website, we encourage you to link to our member businesses through their listing in the Business Directory section. Our more than 530 member businesses are waiting to serve you.
Santa Cruz County Farm BureauSanta Cruz County Farm Bureau
The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau is a vital part of our community, providing an important voice for the Santa Cruz County and Pajaro Valley agriculture industry. We are continually involved in local land use and transportation issues as well as opportunities to provide educational support through scholarships and school programs. The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau helps insure that the agriculture industry here remains viable, and continues to generate financial security for the entire community.
Saratoga Chamber of CommerceSaratoga Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, where we open doors and close deals to support and improve the communities where we live, work and play.
With a strong and sustainable vision we’re leading the way to a successful future for our members and our county. We’re a convening force that brings creative ideas to proactive partnerships. We’ve visible, we’re vocal; and we’re not afraid to take a stand. Simply put, we get things done.
Saratoga Wine TrailSaratoga Wine Trail
Summit to the Sea Wine TrailSummit to the Sea Wine Trail
The Summit Sirens invite you to follow the trail of the vine as it winds through some of the most picturesque mountain locales in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The Summit to Sea Wine Trail is a unique collection of wineries, each ready to welcome you with hospitality and exceptional award winning wines. It only takes a day to fully enjoy the Wine Trail or you can plan a few weekends to experience all that each winery has to offer. We invite you to explore this site and see where the trail leads you. You’ll find more than just great wine!
Summit WineriesSummit Wineries
The Summit Road Wineries offer spectacular views across the mountains to the Bay. Only 20 minutes from Los Gatos or Santa Cruz you can visit all these wineries in a single afternoon. Mountain vineyards, forest scenery, excellent mountain wines and beautiful gardens all come together to offer a true ‘top of the world’ wine tasting experience.
Surf City VintnersSurf City Vintners
The Surf City Vintners collective of micro-boutique wineries, numbering a dozen, has made Santa Cruz a vibrant mecca for wine tasting. An urban renewal project has turned former warehouse space into a hip, trendy destination. The individual wineries are in close proximity on the Westside of Santa Cruz on Ingalls Street, Swift Street, and the Old Sash Mill. Meet and talk with the winemakers!
The Wine InstituteThe Wine Institute
Wine Institute is the voice for California wine representing more than 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses from the beautiful and diverse wine regions throughout the state.
As the largest advocacy and public policy association for California wine, and the only group representing the industry at the state, federal and international levels, Wine Institute’s Officers, Board of Directors andprofessional staff work to create an environment where the wine community can flourish and contribute in a positive fashion to our nation, state and local communities.
Please use our website to find out more about our initiatives, industry issues and news, membership services and benefits and becoming a member of Wine Institute.
Viticulture Association of the Santa Cruz MountainsViticulture Association of the Santa Cruz Mountains
The Santa Cruz Mountains has played a pivotal role in the history of winemaking in California, with roots going back over 100 years, and including well-known winemakers such as Paul Masson, Martin Ray, David Bennion (Ridge), David Bruce and others. The appellation has seen significant growth and change since the start of the 21st century: in the space of a few years the number of wineries has grown from 40 to now over 60, and vineyards are proliferating. The precedence set by these legendary figures (along with best and sustainable practices in the vineyards and wineries) can be tasted today in our world-class wines.
Recognized as an AVA in 1981, the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation was among the first to be defined by its mountain topography, following the fog line along the coast to encompass our highest vineyards on the ridgetops at 2600’ elevation. Our vineyards and wineries and the wines they produce reflect this mountain terrain, and their proximity to the ocean and the resulting maritime climate.
The appellation is characterized by intimate, artisan wineries tucked in among the trees along beautiful mountain roads, or perched atop the ridges with sweeping views into the valleys or along the coast. Visitors can meet with and talk with the winemakers and enjoy exploring the mountain and coastal ambience and little towns. Wine tasting here is as much a discovery of the natural beauty of the mountains as it is a delightful discovery of our world-class wines. Visitors can taste at several nearby wineries in a day, and drive from the mountaintops (where it snows in winter!) to the coast and enjoy a sunset walk on the beach!