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Federal Advocacy

Wine Institute has been actively engaged with Executive Branch agencies and the U.S. Congress for many decades. Through its Washington, DC office and staff, Wine Institute initiates and advocates for policies that support the responsible production, sale and export of California wines.

In addition to the House of Representatives and Senate, Wine Institute works closely with numerous government agencies including the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the Department of Commerce, USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative.

Craft Beverage Modernization Act

Federal Excise Tax (FET) reform has been a priority for Wine Institute and this legislation lowered FET payments for every winery in the country.

Washington Meeting

Our annual Washington Meeting is the preeminent event for vintners to educate policymakers in our nation’s Capitol.

Specialty Crop & Export Promotion Funding

Federal funding through the US Department of Agriculture is critical for programs including export promotion and Specialty Crop research.

Congressional Wine Caucus

We work closely with the Congressional Wine Caucus to educate Senators and Representatives on the many benefits of a vibrant domestic wine industry.

TTB Resources & Funding

Wine Institute works closely with the industry’s principle regulator on a wide array of issues from label approvals to international trade.

Political Engagement

The Wine Institute Political Action Committee (PAC) is an important tool that allows Wine Institute to support candidates who understand the value and positive impact of the wine industry.

Agricultural Workforce Reform

Ensuring an adequate pool of qualified agricultural workers is a top priority for wineries and winegrape growers across California.

Wine Institute Statements on Federal Policy

Charles Jefferson

Vice President, Federal & Int'l Public Policy

Michele Famiglietti

Senior Director, Federal Relations