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Whether you grow grapes, own a winery, retail business, restaurant or tourism business in Calaveras County, there are many outstanding reasons to become a member of Calaveras Winegrape Alliance. Established 1989, in the heart of the Sierra Foothills region of Northern California, the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance is a community of family run wineries, vineyards, small businesses, tourism organizations and local wine enthusiasts. We are committed to sustainable practices that best support the land as well as the wines produced. Pre Gold Rush era, the winemaking families of the Sierra Foothills staked the first vineyards planted in California. The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance is focused on the production of hand-crafted wines, made in small batches, including Spanish, Italian, Bordeaux and Rhone varietals shared in our welcoming tasting rooms. The Calaveras Winegrape alliance is dedicated to the success of our members and develops meaningful events as well as focused marketing programs that result in long-term relationships. 

Membership Value

Marketing Programs: The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance staff and board is focused on marketing our unique wine region and members to a variety of wine enthusiasts and collectors. Effective marketing programs will provide a constant stream of exposure and information about our members to the media and the public, at large. Marketing tools include an annual CWA brochure with tasting room map and member directory, an engaging website, monthly email campaigns, social media advertising, video interview series, educational blog articles and print materials with invitations to annual events. Businesses that support the Calaveras wine industry will find unlimited possibilities to showcase their products, services and experiences to our list of over 7500 consumers. Cooperative partnerships will stimulate and enhance the Calaveras Wine Country experience.
 

Promotional Programs: The growth of our wine industry generates multiple opportunities which enhance our annual events that bring tourists to Calaveras County businesses and tasting rooms. CWA sponsored events include: Presidents’ Wine Weekend in February, The Sierra Foothills Wine Competition and Fair Wine Pavilion in May, Vineyard Tour in June and  Grape Stomp Harvest Celebration in October.
 

Education and Research: Members are invited to attend all educational programs. Grower and Winemaking Education Meetings are held the first Friday of each month and free of charge to active members. Guest speakers include viticulturalists, plant biologists, entomologists, wine brokers and other professionals who represent the wine industry and agriculture in general. In addition, members have access to specialized tools including the Pressure Bomb for testing irrigation in the vineyards. Marketing workshops are offered throughout the year lead by subject matter experts in consumer engagement and wine tourism. 
 

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 provides our members with educational resources and speakers as requested. 

Membership Levels

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:

  • A listing and link to your website on the CWA website, a listing in the CWA brochure/tasting room map, and the CWA member directory.

  • Access to post events on the CWA website events calendar.

  • Discounts on CWA event tickets. 

  • Invitations to free Member-Only events and classes.

  • Distribution of marketing materials, invitations and tastings passes at the Wine Information Center. 

  • Inclusion in consumer email campaigns, social media campaigns, blog articles and video interviews. 

  • Including in press releases and marketing materials at wine industry events. 

  • Winery Membership Form

 

Winegrape Grower Members – $150 Annually

(Must have “planted” winegrapes in Calaveras County)

Grower Membership Benefits:

  • Membership includes a listing and link to your website on the CWA website.

  • Access to the Growers Corner Page and Calendar on the CWA website.

  • Free admission to the monthly Growers and Winemakers Education meeting first Friday of each month. 

  • Invitations to Member-Only events. 

  • Grower Membership Form

 

Industry Members – $300 Annually

(Businesses that support wineries, growers and tourism efforts of Calaveras County)

Industry Membership Benefits:

  • Membership includes a listing and link to your website on the CWA website.

  • Access to post events on the CWA website events calendar.

  • Inclusion in consumer email campaigns, social media campaigns, blog articles and video interviews. 

  • Distribution of marketing materials, invitations and tastings passes at the Wine Information Center. 

  • Industry Membership Form

Associate Members – $35/person or $50/couple per calendar year

(Individuals socially interested in being a part of the Calaveras wine region)

Associate Membership Benefits

  • Discounted pricing on social events.

  • Discounted pricing at participating member wineries.

  • Invitations to wine mixers and private events.

  • Invitations to Brand Ambassador events.

  • 2019 Associate Member Form

All memberships are subject to the discretion of the Board. To inquire about membership please contact us!

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