SACRAMENTO, July 26, 2022 – The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has announced its endorsement of John Duarte for the 13th Congressional District.
Duarte has a proven track record of leadership in the California wine industry. From his past service as a Director of CAWG, to his continuing advocacy on issues important to growers, John is uniquely qualified to represent agricultural communities that rely on growers for economic vitality, creation of jobs, and revenues that support public services.
Duarte has long fought to create a reliable water supply system in California, which focuses on both increasing our supply of water and conservation. Duarte will bring much-needed common sense to Congress on this issue of vital importance to growers.
As a farmer and businessperson, Duarte understands the regulatory challenges and financial burdens facing the wine industry. Duarte will be the voice of reason in pushing for sensible and workable regulations.
As the voice of California’s winegrape industry, CAWG serves a unique role as the only statewide organization focused on advocating for all California winegrape growers. CAWG helps to ensure the implementation of sound public policies through its vigilance and action on state and federal legislation, advancement of sustainable farming practices, and promotion of education and research to enhance the California winegrape industry.
Winegrapes are grown on approximately 600,000 acres in 49 of 58 counties. CAWG is proud to represent an industry that provides significant and beneficial contributions to California’s economy. Annually, the wine and winegrape sector employs 325,000 Californians, generates $57.6 billion in economic activity, pays $7.6 billion in taxes and $17.2 billion in wages, and attracts more than 23 million tourists to wineries.