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Bedroom Communities Seek Vineyard AVA
 
04.20.2015
 
Suburban growers in Bay Area want recognition to help with local wine sales
 
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The boundary of the proposed Lamorinda AVA is within Contra Costa County in California.
Lafayette, Calif.—An association of tiny wineries and petite vineyards clustered in three quiet Contra Costa County bedroom communities has petitioned the TTB to establish the Lamorinda American Viticultural Area.

Members of the Lamorinda Winegrowers Association (LWA)—six bonded wineries, home winemakers and backyard grapegrowers—hope establishing the AVA will attract more consumers among diners in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda, from which the name was coined. The three cities have a combined population of about 50,000.

 
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Winery at Wilcox Group Makes New Acquisition
 
04.17.2015
 
Hunters Valley Winery joins the Williams family's growing list of wineries
 
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The Williams family behind The Winery at Wilcox purchased Hunters Valley Winery.
Liverpool, Pa.—It’s official: Hunters Valley Winery, a 33-acre property located high on a hill overlooking the Susquehanna River north of Harrisburg, will join The Winery at Wilcox group of wineries effective today, after which it will be known as The Winery at Hunters Valley. The 1,400-case winery will have a “soft opening” under its new name this weekend.
 
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