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Grower membership consists of any person or business that owns or operates a wine grape vineyard. Grower membership also includes wineries that own acreage.
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Winery membership consists of any person or business engaged in producing and marketing wine, but who does not qualify as a Grower member. If you own any grape acreage, we consider you a Grower member.
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Allied Membership is for persons, firms, partnerships, corporations, sole proprietorships, business organizations or other entities offering goods and services to the wine grape growing and/or wine production industries. To view Allied member benefits, click here
Dear Washington Wine Industry Supporter,
WAWGG membership is for those who care about the success of Washington's grape and wine industry. I am writing to encourage and invite you to become a member of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) for 2014.
WAWGG's mission is to cultivate a positive business environment for growing the Washington wine industry. To me, that means WAWGG is working for my farm both now and in the future. All year long, WAWGG looks out for my best interests by making sure I have access to tools, information, education programs and resources to help me understand and improve my bottom line. But in a bigger picture, WAWGG looks out for the best interests of the industry as a whole by:
- Actively serving in national organizations to make sure Washington grapes and wine always have representation at the table.
- Lobbying at state and federal levels to protect and help advance our industry.
- Ensuring the sustainability and longevity of our industry by making sure our needs are never going to be outpaced by our growth.
My vineyard has been a member of WAWGG since the organization's inception in 1983. Just like my father, who served as board chair in the mid-90s, I joined the Board in 2008 because I have experienced the value of WAWGG's work and my business continues to benefit from WAWGG efforts.
In addition to serving as Board Chair, I have been chair of the Advocacy Committee for four years. I've often experienced first-hand the impact WAWGG makes when meeting in person with State legislators to discuss issues like pesticide drift, and when we visit the Washington national delegation to explain our needs for action on issues like immigration reform. WAWGG is an excellent conduit for information about the status of public policy issues important to me as an industry member. I rely on WAWGG to keep me informed.
The above are just a few examples of what WAWGG does to benefit our industry. WAWGG also actively facilitates opportunities for education, networking, and leadership development. In short, our membership dollars are hard at work, and the return on investment is evident. WAWGG is delivering in many important ways, but the ability to continue to deliver is only as strong as the support WAWGG receives from individuals who care about our industry - folks like you and me.
Please join me in supporting a successful Washington wine and grape industry by becoming a 2014 WAWGG member today. Your membership is important and your investment will work hard for you, just as mine has for over 30 years.
The work of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers on behalf of the Washington Wine Industry includes:
Weekly industry “News Bites” and “Federal News Bites”
Our monthly e-newsletter, the “Grape Post”
Establishment and maintenance of “Vinewise®”, the online guide to sustainability
Facilitating the creation of “Winewise”, a sustainability tool for wineries
Facilitating an industry-wide Research Task Force
Creating and staffing the NW Foundation Block Advisory Group
Establishing the annual suggested grape price list
Creating the NW Viticulture Council to address regional issues at the federal level
Organizing one of the largest annual conventions and trade shows in the country for grape growers, wineries, suppliers, and service providers with top-rated educational workshops and seminars
Providing the Service and Supplier Source Directory for growers and wineries
Creating and continuing the successful Latino Ag Education for Viticulture Program
Advocating for the industry on issues including truth in labeling, extending time limits on the processor lien statute, and agricultural estate tax reform
Offering innovative health insurance programs for employees
Maintaining a comprehensive website featuring weather, industry news, statistics, and the Grape Dating and Bulk Wine Dating Services