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.