LCWC Mission & History

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The Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) is a marketing order established in 1991 to promote the region’s premium winegrapes and to assist winegrape growers through marketing, research, and educational programs. LCWC is a state agency with oversight by the California Department of Food & Agriculture and is funded by a self-assessment of Lake County winegrape growers on the sale of winegrapes to wineries.

History

Since its inception, the Lake County Winegrape Commission has marketed the premium Lake County winegrape growing region to new and existing grape buyers and wineries all over California. The Commission also assists growers in a variety of activities, including educational and research programs that benefit growers’ vineyard development.

In 1991 when the statewide California Winegrape Commission was voted down, Bob Roumiguiere, a local grower and president of the Lake County Grape Growers Association, saw the opportunity for local Lake County winegrape growers to band together and, with the LCGGA, he spearheaded the creation of a local commission dedicated to the marketing and research of Lake County’s premium North Coast winegrapes.

Today, the Lake County Winegrape Commission is instrumental in developing the Lake County winegrape region’s unwavering commitment to high-quality winegrapes through education, marketing, and research. Lake County winegrape sales have increased to $40 million dollars in sales in 2008, and the LCWC is one of the many positive forces marketing Lake County agriculture.

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