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California Wine Industry Links

Alexander Valley Winegrowers  Founded in 1992, the Alexander Valley Winegrowers’ mission is to increase awareness of and appreciation for the unique qualities of Alexander Valley and our extraordinary wines. The valley is home to more than 40 wineries, each producing distinctive, unassuming wines made by distinctive, unassuming people. Located at the north end of Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) is 22 miles in length and varies in width from two to seven miles. The valley includes the valley floor and hills to the east and west encompassing approximately 76,900 acres, with more than 15,000 currently planted to premium wine grapes. Alexander Valley received federal recognition as an AVA in 1984.

Allied Grape Growers  Allied Grape Growers is a California winegrape marketing cooperative with over 500 grower members located from all major winegrape regions of California including the North Coast, Central Coast, Lodi and the San Joaquin Valley. The association exists for the purpose of efficient and competitive marketing of its members’ grapes as well as offering marketing (brokering) services for non-members. We maintain direct lines of year round communication with our growers and vintners for the better understanding of market conditions and opportunities.

Amador County Wine Grape Growers  Amador County wine grape growers have been growing premium wine grapes in the historic gold country of the Sierra Nevada Foothills for more than 150 years. The mission of the Amador County Wine Grape Growers’ Association is to promote Amador County wine grapes to grape buyers and winemakers. To support this mission, the Association provides information and education to members and supports research in viticulture applicable to Amador County.

The premium wines that are produced from Amador County grapes are regular medal winners, and are increasingly gaining recognition throughout the wine industry. Amador County’s wine grape industry is flourishing with a substantial amount of new acreage planted each year and new growers joining the ranks of seasoned growers.

The wineries and tasting rooms in the county continue to grow as well. Amador County is now home to more than three dozen wineries, many of whose wines have gained recognition beyond California. Sixty percent of the grapes grown in Amador County are used by winemakers in other wine regions and by well-known wineries throughout California

Amador Vintners Association  Between the 34 member wineries of the Amador Vintners Association, there’s always a wine event of some sort going on in Amador. For a list and descriptions of upcoming events, click on our Events Calendar.

In addition to winery events, the Amador Vintners annually sponsor two weekend wine extravaganzas: the “Big Crush” in October, during the exciting fall harvest season; and “Behind the Cellar Door” in March.

Atlas Peak Appellation Association  Welcome to the Atlas Peak Appellation — home to Napa Valley’s most highly elevated, rugged and visually startling landscape. Not for the faint of heart, this immensely challenging and unadulterated region of Northern California wine country has been producing fine wines since 1870.  The mission of the Atlas Peak Appellation Association is to raise awareness among trade, press, consumers and other vintners for the amazing place that is Atlas Peak — the people, places and stories that make this wine country outback so very special. Learn more about us on the following pages — we promise that you won’t be disappointed!

Calaveras Winegrape Alliance

Central Coast Wine Growers Association  ESTABLISHED 1974  – The Central Coast Wine Growers’ Association is a non-profit association representing more than 200 wineries, vineyards, and industry related businesses in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association  Discover Sierra Gold… Grapes from the Foothills of El Dorado

California’s wine grape cultivation began in El Dorado County even before the Gold Rush of 1849. Topography, soils and altitudes in our area create varied microclimates consistent with the best known grape growing regions of the world. The premium grapes grown in these settings are ideally suited for diversification of wine product lines, unique offerings to wine clubs, or differentiation in today’s competitive marketplace.

El Dorado Winery Association  Just about an hour from Sacramento or South Lake Tahoe and a little over two hours from Reno or the San Francisco area, El Dorado’s wineries beckon visitors with a wide diversity of award winning wines, friendly tasting room staffs and idyllic views of snow-capped mountains and oak-studded foothills. Our wineries are known for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines, grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada.

Fair Play Winery Association  One of the wine world’s best kept secrets lies deep in the heart of El Dorado County in the Sierra foothills … Fair Play. Within an hour drive from Sacramento, you will find over 20 family-owned boutique wineries who take pride in their land, their wines, and their customers.

Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau

Hospitality de los Carneros

Howell Mountain Vintners & Growers Association

Lake County Winegrape Growers

Lake County Winery Association

Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau

Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission

Madera Vintners Association  The Madera Vintners Association was organized in 2001 as a collective voice for the area's winemaking families. This association is dedicated to the common purpose of promoting excellence in winemaking from a region rich in potential through a commitment to modern winemaking techniques and sustainable vineyard practices.The Madera Vintners Association was organized in 2001 as a collective voice for the area's winemaking families. This association is dedicated to the common purpose of promoting excellence in winemaking from a region rich in potential through a commitment to modern winemaking techniques and sustainable vineyard practices.

Marin County Visitors Bureau

Monterey River Road Wine Trail

Napa Valley Wine Library Association

Northern Sierra Wine Country

Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Oakville Winegrowers

Placer County Wine & Grape Association

Rockpile Grape Growers Association

Russian River Wine Road

Russian River Valley Wine Growers

Rutherford Dust Society

San Antonio Valley Vintners & Growers Association

San Benito County Winegrower’s Association

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association

San Francisco Wine Association

Shasta Cascade Viticulture Association  The Shasta-Cascade Viticulture Association is in its youthful fifth year.  Formed by a number of grape growers in Shasta County.  They envisioned an association that could tap into the resources of the University of California Agricultural Extension service, to help educate grape growers and wine making enthusiasts. Shasta-Cascade Viticulture Association was formed in 2003 as a nonprofit organizationand is a member of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG). SCVAis the largest grape grower association in California Region 9. The Region sits like a keystone at the crown of the north state. Since that beginning, the Association has undergone several name changes but remains steadfast to its goal to bring grape industry experts to various symposiums and hands-on workshops each year to discuss trends in wine grape growing, marketing, cultural growing practices, wine making, etc.  The Shasta-Cascade Viticulture Association has grown in membership through word of mouth and that comradeship which bring grape growers together, such as the common threats of Spring frost, battling pests and diseases, and finding buyers for their grapes.

A unique character of the grape growers in our Northern California area is who the growers are.  By far, the largest number of grape growers are retired or growing grapes after a first career.  Many members are retired college professors, school teachers, oral surgeon, building contractors, military, and practicing M.D. and dentists, and a host of other career experiences.  In some way, this group is unique in its makeup of ‘gentlemen and gentlewomen farmers’ who have advanced themselves past their first careers and gone back to the soil in pursuit of lifelong dreams of digging in the dirt and making something special grow. Almost all of the Association grower members’ are small in size by California wine grape standards.  A large vineyard in our area is about ten acres.  Many members have less than five acres in production.  Our geographic area includes members from Oroville to Montague and Fall River to Trinity Center all generally within the shadow of Mount Shasta but within that area are at least 23 established wineries producing award winning wines for consumption by local wine enthusiasts.

Silverado Trail Wineries Association

Sonoma County Vintners

Sonoma County Winegrape Commission

Sonoma County Wine Library

Spring Mountain District Association

Stags Leap District Winegrowers

Yorkville Highlands Growers and Vintners Association

Yountville Appellation

Wine Artisans of Santa Lucia Highlands

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley

Wine Blog - California Wine Trails  Honestly, and perhaps a bit selfishly we want California Wine Trails to be a fun adventure for us.  However, we just love to share.  We love sharing wine with friends and associates that enjoy the gift of the vine.  We admit, wine is very much a matter of personal taste.  No problem!  California and her wine-makers provide and abundance of varietals and blends.