The Voice of California Winegrape Growers
The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) began more than 40 years ago when a small group of winegrape growers concerned about establishing fair prices for grapes established the Wine Grape Bargaining Association. Until that time, winegrape growers did not have a statewide organization to focus exclusively on issues affecting their livelihood like other specialty crops did.
While fair prices were the initial rallying cry, meetings with growers throughout the state showed a greater interest in creating an association to handle the growing spectrum of winegrape issues - including pest and disease management, water use, marketing, uniform grade standards, promotion, education and research, and most of all, advocacy with state and federal lawmakers.
A survey of the state’s winegrape growers was commissioned to determine if an organization had a chance to succeed. On Dec. 16, 1974, articles of incorporation were created and CAWG was established.
The California Association of Winegrape Growers protects and promotes the interests of California winegrape growers by providing members a unified voice, effective advocacy and strong leadership.
CAWG promotes the winegrowing industry’s long-term success by advancing the adoption of sound public policies, and fostering awareness and understanding of winegrape growers’ contributions to the economy, environment and California communities.