The Congressional Wine Caucus (CWC) was founded in 1999 by Congressmen and winegrape growers Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) and George Radanovich (R-Fresno) to protect the interests of our vibrant wine community from grape to glass. Today, the Caucus brings together 117 bipartisan, bicameral Members of Congress and is chaired by Congressman Thompson and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside).

Members of the CWC are joined not only by their deep appreciation of wine, but also their understanding of the wine community's significant economic impact. Wine is produced in all 50 states and generates jobs and revenue in both rural and urban areas. The wine community contributes an estimated $220 billion to the U.S. economy annually and creates the equivalent of more than one million full-time jobs.