The American Grand Cru Society® has a mission to identify and recognize our great American vineyards. The process first requires vineyard sites to be qualified and become officially nominated. This application is a first step. (Sorry, no incomplete applications will be considered and no time commitments for action are provided.)
Vineyards recognized as American Grand Cru Society® nominated vineyards are listed in our public database. Officially nominated vineyards have the privilege of using that status recognition in related promotional business practices as agreed to at that time with the Society at no cost. The Society periodically convenes independent panels of experts to review lists of nominated vineyards and to provide final recognition recommendations. Nominated Vineyards chosen for full recognition are also provided the following benefits:
- Recognized vineyard owner(s) and wine makers making wines exclusively from recognized vineyards will have rights to use the appropriate trademark(s) (example – California Grand Cru®) at no charge subject to final sign off by the Society in writing.
- Recognized vineyards are identified on our website, in press releases, and shared with wine consumers and trade publications.
- Fully recognized vineyards will have these privileges for an initial (5) year period after which are subject to renewal process requirements.