Craft wine is distinctly American wine.
Yes, we have expressions of classic grapes and blends that stand toe-to-toe with the best in the world, but they are our expressions. We do some pretty unique things too, but then again, inventiveness comes with the territory.
The Craft Wine Association proudly supports small production, handmade wines born from the heart and soul of the producer. These wines are a reflection of the hands that made them and the communities where they live. Some of it is traditional, some unique, all of it Craft.
Obtaining certification is one way for you as a small producer to distinguish yourself in a crowded marketplace. It sends the message that your uniqueness is intentional and celebrated. While much of the wine industry may be trapped in the conversation of what wine should be, as a craft producer, you follow your own expression of what wine can be.
We are here to support you and celebrate what makes your wine special.
The designation of Certified Craft Wine is awarded to member wineries who qualify. Certified Craft Wine is a commercially available, limited-production wine most commonly in production runs of 5,000 cases or fewer. However, it’s not just about size: authenticity and traceability are key components as well. Wines must be authentic and traceable to their roots: producers that buy grapes need to know the source of their fruit to qualify for this designation.
The Certified Craft Wine designation was created to support family-owned, community wineries. Such wineries are found across the United States in well-known wine-producing regions, urban centers, and unexpected places. One thing they all have in common is their passion for hand-crafted, artisan wine.