Innovative Urban Winery Franchise Recognized on Second Annual Inc. 5000 Regionals List, Based on 65 Percent Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth 

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – (March 19, 2021)Waters Edge Wineries®, an innovative urban winery system bringing the cultural experience of wine to communities across the country, today announced it has earned the 212th spot on Inc. magazine’s second annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: California list, which recognizes the most prestigious, fastest-growing, California-based private companies. As part of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional program provides a closer look at California’s most successful, privately owned businesses and small companies. 

“It’s an honor to be acknowledged amongst the most successful privately-owned businesses within California as we continue to introduce urban wineries to new cities across the country,” said Ken Lineberger, president and CEO of Waters Edge Wineries. “Our ranking as part of the Inc. 5000 Regionals: California list highlights the 65 percent revenue growth we have experienced opening five new wineries, and we look forward to introducing new faces into the world of franchising looking to pursue entrepreneurship.” 

As an emerging franchise concept, the Waters Edge Winery & Bistro model is ideal for entrepreneurs passionate about wine who seek a way to share their love and knowledge without being in the agriculture business. Each location combines the traditional winery experience with the popular wine bar concept

offering bistro-style artisanal selections including appetizers, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and desserts, custom bottle labeling as personalized gifts, private tasting areas for groups, a wine club and more. Franchise owners receive comprehensive training on the micro-winery tank system and are provided with pre-opening training courses, both hands-on and classroom based, to help prepare for the launch of their winery. The company also offers social media and marketing support to help franchise owners realize success. 

“This list proves the power of companies in California no matter the industry,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “The impressive revenues and growth rates prove the insight and diligence of CEOs and that these businesses are here to stay.” 

The companies on this list show stunning growth rates across all industries in California. Between 2017 and 2019, the 250 private companies ranked had an average growth rate of 535 percent. In 2019 alone, they employed more than 40,000 people and added nearly $7 billion to California’s economy. Companies based in major metro areas—Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and San Diego—brought in the highest revenue overall revenues. 

To view the complete list, visit Results can also be seen in the March/April issue of Inc. magazine. For more information on Waters Edge Wineries or for franchising information, contact 909-GOT-WINE, visit or email [email protected]. 

About Waters Edge Wineries®

California-based Waters Edge Wineries is an innovative urban winery system bringing the cultural experience of wine to communities across the country. Each Waters Edge Winery & Bistro location combines the very best of a winery and wine bar in one versatile model that can be located anywhere, regardless of topography or agricultural factors. Founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Ken and Angela Lineberger, Waters Edge Wineries currently operates 13 Waters Edge Winery & Bistro locations in California, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company caters to entrepreneurs who are seeking a fun, exciting career where they can share their passion for wine while creating memorable guest experiences. 

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regionals


The 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals are ranked according to percentage of revenue growth when comparing 2017 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2017. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2017 is $100,000; the minimum for 2019 is $1 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. 

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The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit



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