CAWG 2017 Elections

CAWG is the only statewide organization that focuses exclusively on winegrape grower issues. CAWG is governed by 28 growers elected to serve on the board of directors. Grower leaders are elected from the seven CAWG districts and serve a three-year term and can serve a total of three consecutive terms. In addition to elected directors, the board can also appoint up to two at-large directors from grower organizations.

Your CAWG Board of Directors work to establish the priorities and goals that keep CAWG focused on issues most important to winegrape growers. You can add to that effort by seeking to serve on the Board or by encouraging and supporting the nomination of a respected peer.

All CAWG grower members should have received their official 2017 ballot by mail.  Members will only cast votes for vacancies in their district.

Below is a full listing of vacancies by CAWG District:
District 1
- Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma counties.
Two Vacancies.  Nominees to fill the following vacancies are:

  • SEAT A: Director Marissa Ledbetter, Vino Farms, seeking re-election for her third and final term.
  • SEAT F: Mark Burningham, Benziger Family Winery, nominee to fill open seat.

District 2 - Alameda, Contra Costa, City and County of San Francisco and Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo counties.
One Vacancy. Nominee to fill the following vacancy is:

  • SEAT A: Director Mike Testa, Coastal Vineyard Care, seeking re-election for his second term.

District 3 - Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba counties, and that portion of San Joaquin County north of State Highway 4.
Four Vacancies. Nominees to fill the following vacancies are:

  • SEAT F: Director Bill Berryhill, BB Vineyards, seeking re-election for his second term.
  • SEAT G: Director Aaron Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, seeking re-election for his third and final term.
  • SEAT A: Director Tom Slater, Slater Farms, seeking re-election for his second term.
  • SEAT E: Bob Lauchland, Robert Lauchland Vineyards, nominee to fill open seat.

District 4 - Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties, and that portion of San Joaquin County south of State Highway 4.
One Vacancy. Nominee to fill the following vacancy is:

  • SEAT A: Director Stephen Kautz, Ironstone Vineyards, seeking re-election for his second term.

District 5 - Alpine, Fresno, Inyo, Madera, and Mono counties, and that portion of Kings and  Tulare counties north of Nevada Avenue (Avenue 192).
Two Vacancies. Nominees to fill the following vacancies are:

  • SEAT A: Director Davindar Mahil, Creekside Farming Co, seeking re-election for his second term.
  • SEAT C: Paul Wulf, Wulf Vineyards, nominee to fill vacant seat.

District 6 - Kern County and that portion of Kings and Tulare counties south of Nevada Avenue (Avenue 192).
One Vacancy. Nominee to fill the following vacancy is:

  • SEAT A: Mike Vandborg, Water Castle Farms LLC/Vandborg Farms, nominee to fill vacant seat.
Official ballots are due to the CAWG office no later than November 17th. If you are a grower member in good standing and did not receive a ballot, please contact Natalie Collins at 916.379.8995.