About the CWGVA
Since 1987, the Clarksburg Wine Growers and Vintners Association has worked to promote the high quality wine and wine grapes of this premiere growing region. Through honesty, integrity, hard work, and quality relationships, both vintners and growers in the Clarksburg AVA have made a name for themselves in the industry and among consumers.
Today the CWGVA is made up of 46 grower members, 12 winery members and 48 associate members. It’s committed to growing awareness, improving quality, and fostering sustainable growth for the Clarksburg Appellation.
The majority of our grower members—some from farm families located in the area for generations—are individuals directly involved in their vineyards and have a personal commitment to produce the best grapes possible. CWGVA growers directly work with the wineries to achieve the high-quality grapes they demand.
There are over 7,000 acres of wine grapes grown by our grower members. We grow over 35 varieties, the most popular being Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Located on the Sacramento River, the Clarksburg AVA is profoundly defined by the maritime influence of the Sacramento Delta, and has been statistically identified as comparable to the best wine grape regions in California (Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles) in terms of degree days and day to evening temperatures.
Cool evenings and warm days with limited summer fog allow Clarksburg to grow a diverse portfolio of premium grapes and wine. We’re known for a range of both red and white varietals that grow very well. Because there is significantly less probability of spring frost, we’re ensured relatively consistent crop loads. Less rainfall during critical growing stages ensures consistent quality, and less spring rainfall depletes ground water faster, stressing vines sooner to create more flavor.
Named after Robert C. Clark, Clarksburg was settled in stages, starting in 1850’s with Merritt Island which was cleared for agricultural use. Today, more than 160 years later, many of the families who initially settled in the area are still present. Among those, the Bogle family which started farming in Clarksburg in the 1850’s and the Heringer family since 1868. Also Peter Marks, proprietor of Six Hands, is the great grandson of Joseph Machado, who farmed and made wine in Clarksburg in the 1890’s. And the Wilson family has farmed in Clarksburg since the early 1920’s.