CRAFT WINE ASSOCIATION

Rooted in passion, shared by the glass
What is Certified Craft Wine?
A Certified Craft Wine is a commercially available, limited production wine with production runs of 5,000 cases or fewer. However, it is not just about size; authenticity and traceability are key components as well. Wines need to be authentic and traceable to their roots. Producers that buy grapes need to know where their growers source their fruit to qualify for this designation.
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    An Identifiable Winemaker

    Your winery should have a single winemaker or small team of winemakers leading the production of your wines from start to finish. This includes grape selection to final blend. 

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    Limited Production

    Your wine should be produced in lots smaller than 5,000 cases, and the winemaker must be involved in the process. 

    Wines made by pre-prescribed protocols, meaning formula made wines that follow a pre-deignated process rather than the leading of the winemaker do not qualify. Pre-made or bulkwine, or"shiners" do not qualify even if the bottling run in less than 5,000 cases.

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    Grapes from Identifiable Vineyards

    As part of the craft wine certification process, we trace the provenance of your grapes to verify their lineage and quality, so it is important to know where your grapes come from. 

When you get certified through the Association, you'll get Certified Craft Wine and Certified Craft Winery seals to use on your packaging, website, social media platforms and other marketing materials. This signifies to customers that your winery truly cares about producing the best limited production wines possible. Join us!

Here's what to do: 

  1. Register your winery. 
  2. Obtain a valid COLA from the TTB. 
  3. Meet the above certification requirements. 
  4. Submit your winery and wines for certification. 
  5. Once approved, download your seals and enjoy the benefits. 

That's really all there is to it! 

What We Do For You
Your benefits as a Certified Craft Winery member
  • Identification with others just like you, makers of authentic, small production, hand crafted wines, including membership in the Craft Wine Association at no additional cost.

  • Licensed use of the Craft Wine Seal and Logos on all wines and marketing materials.

  • A consultation about how to create and optimize your winery’s online profile and written materials.

  • Entrée to a community of passionate and like-minded craft producers, as well as restaurants and retailers focused on these wines in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Networking opportunities with key wine industry executives and a chance to participate as a CWA member in local food and wine festivals.

  • Information and guidance about how to utilize the latest wine industry communication technologies—from geofencing to attract more business to the use of Artificial Intelligence in advertising and social media— in a way that will allow your winery to make use of them.

  • Access to key research on wine production, marketing and educational opportunities and studies.

Meet Our Sponsors
Thank you is not enough.

These are the individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to help because they believe in you, the Craft Wineries around the country. Their support for the organization in time and resources has far exceeded any membership level.  

NOW IS THE TIME

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