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Members of Family Winemakers of California generally fall within the 80% of vintners producing less than 50,000 cases annually. There is no distinct profile of a small, family-owned winery (i.e., size of winery production, number of producing acres, varietal types, number of employees, etc.). However, it’s important to note that wineries, while an agricultural enterprise, also operate as a normal business in the state. That makes them subject to general operating expenses. As an example, workers compensation insurance continues to be a costly operating expense for wineries, as well as other production inputs (energy and water).


Currently, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control reports that there are 2,400 licensed wineries in the state. Other statistics developed by MKF Research show that the combined value of the wine industry in California is approaching $55 billion.
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