ABOUT

AMERICA’S #1 WINE PRODUCER
California makes 81% of U.S. wine & is world’s 4th largest producer
4,800 BONDED WINERIES
Mainly family-owned businesses, many multi-generational
5,900 WINEGRAPE GROWERS
Winegrapes are grown in 49 of 58 counties
599,000 ACRES OF WINEGRAPES
(242,400 hectares) 139 American Viticultural Areas. Vineyards preserve open space & scenic beauty
EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY
Wineries making 80% of California wine participate in the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program
4.0 MILLION TONS OF WINEGRAPES
Over 110 winegrape varieties contributing to California as a wine & food paradise
241 MILLION CASES IN THE U.S. MARKET
Volume of California wine sales in the U.S.
$1.53 BILLION IN EXPORTS
U.S. wine exports, more than 90% from California, were 42.2 million cases
$35.2 BILLION IN RETAIL VALUE
Estimated retail value of all California wine sales in the U.S.

Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy association of California wineries. Wine Institute brings together the resources of 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses to support legislative and regulatory advocacy, international market development, media relations, scientific research, and education programs that benefit the entire California wine industry.

The unity of our industry is critical during these times of economic challenge and high public concern for health and social issues. Budgetary pressures at all levels of government present a constant threat of greater excise taxes that must be countered with a professionally managed, industry-wide effort.

The home office is in San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento, Washington DC, six regions of the U.S. that oversee the work of forty-five state contract consultants, and seven foreign countries. Eighty California vintners provide guidance for the Institute as members and alternates of the Board of Directors.