The Calaveras wine industry is alive and flourishing. The quality of our wines and winegrapes are being recognized in national publications and receiving high awards at regional, national and international competitions. Vineyards are gaining recognition as many wineries are printing vineyard designations on their wine labels. Our vision is to aspire to become a unified, self-sustaining winemaking and viticulture community that is innovative and builds on cooperative progressive ideas. We strive to develop Calaveras County as a destination wine region that honors our unique heritage, encourages a healthy lifestyle and presents a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Whether you own a winery, grow winegrapes or have an additional interest in the success of the Calaveras County wine industry, there are many outstanding reasons to become a member of CWA
Marketing Programs – The opportunities are endless towards building the awareness of Calaveras County as a premium wine region which will ultimately stimulate interest and demand for our local wines. Effective marketing programs will provide a constant stream of exposure and information about our members to the media and the public, at large. This includes a wine map with a member directory, an engaging website, email updates, and advertising, just to name a few. Businesses that support the wine industry will find unlimited possibilities to showcase their products and services. Cooperative partnerships will stimulate and enhance the Calaveras County experience.
Promotional Programs – The growth of our wine industry generates multiple opportunities which enhance our existing events and create successful new events that will bring more tourists to Calaveras County and our wineries’ tasting rooms. Fulfilling tourists’ basic needs, such as food, lodging, events and additional recreational resources opens the doors for cooperative partnerships and collaborative promotional programs.
Education and Research – Members are invited to attend all existing educational programs. Grape and Wine Education Meetings are held the first Friday of each month. Guest speakers include viticulturalists, plant biologists, entomologists, wine brokers and other professionals who represent the wine industry and agriculture in general. The Calaveras Uncorked wine education series, is held quarterly on the second Thursday of every March, June, September and December. The new series will utilize CWA-member winemakers to provide more in-depth tastings and discussions of their wines, winemaking practices and history in Calaveras. Attendees are encouraged to visit the website or download the UNCORK CALAVERAS mobile app to stay up to date on all the local wine events and upcoming wine education series topics and guests. The CWA is currently building a viticulture and enology library that is accessible to all members.
Monitoring of Local Governments – As the government continues to become more involved in every level of business it is imperative to keep apprised of constantly changing regulations. The CWA in conjunction with other Wine Industry associations strive to stay abreast of issues that may affect personal property rights, water rights, agriculture rights, liquor licenses and other legal challenges. The CWA is there you represent you!
Winery Members – $1,000 Annually
(Must have a bonded winery or licensed tasting room in Calaveras County. A business legally located within Calaveras County that produces wine by custom crush may also be admitted as a Winery member.)
Winery Membership Benefits
Winegrape Grower Members – $150 Annually
(Must have “planted” winegrapes in Calaveras County)
Grower Membership Benefits
Industry Members – $300 Annually
Businesses that support the wineries and growers and tourism efforts of Calaveras County.
Industry Membership Benefits
Associate Members – $35/person or $50/couple per calendar year
(Individuals that are socially interested in being an active partner with the Calaveras County wine industry.)
Associate Membership Benefits
All memberships are subject to the discretion of the Board. To inquire about membership please contact us!