Save the Family Farms is a group of owner-occupied Grapegrowers, who grow grapes in Napa Valley, and who produce wine using off-site production facilities in Napa County. Current Napa County regulations prohibit us from having tastings on our properties. This is having a severe impact on Napa’s Small Family Farms. Owner-occupied Small Family Farms & Vineyards—arguably the heart and soul of Napa Valley are on the decline. Data shows 200 small family vineyards have either gone out of business or sold to investors in the last decade as a result of the unfair regulations imposed on growers.
For Family Farms to survive in a winemaking industry increasingly dominated by absentee-owners, the County of Napa must acknowledge Family Farms’ historical, cultural, and winemaking legacy by permitting limited tastings together with direct-to-consumer sales. We will create a new avenue for local growers to participate in “direct to consumer” utilizing estate and Napa local sourced fruit. We do not want to change the Winery Definition Ordinance (WDO) and are not asking for a permit to make wine. Our objective is to create a “policy” for a county permit to allow limited tastings on small family farms.