Benefits of Membership
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Could you benefit from AWS Membership?

We realize that there are a lot of free wine tastings available to you, and a lot of wine clubs as well.  So why should you consider joining the American Wine Society?  We think we have some pretty good reasons......

AWS is not a wine club or a wine tasting group.....we are a wine education society.....the largest consumer-based wine education organization in the U.S.  AWS membership is for anyone who enjoys wine and wants to learn more about it in a fun, casual atmosphere with others who share your love of the grape.  AWS membership is your ticket to:

  • Receiving two AWS publications, the AWS Wine Journal magazine and our newsletter, the AWS News
  • Being part of an AWS Chapter so you can share your love of wine with others
  • Being covered by the $1,000,000 liability insurance AWS provides to protect attendees at official Chapter events*
  • Having Chapter wine tastings based on what you want to learn, not what the local retailer wants to sell
  • Being able to attend the annual AWS National Conference
  • Being eligible to enter the AWS Wine Judge Certification Program
  • Being able to participate in the National Tasting Project
  • Accessing the on-line educational materials AWS offers
  • Discount offers from wineries,and other businesses

What types of membership are available?

 The American Wine Society offers membership levels to fit any winelover's situation;

Individual Membership:  $49
For one person

Household Membership:  $62
For two people at the same address

Professional Membership:  $99 
For people or businesses wanting to promote their business to over 4,500 AWS members.  Professional Members enjoy these additional benefits;

  • An engraved plaque to display in your business
  • Your logo, weblink and business description posted on the Professional Member page of the AWS website
  • Your logo, website and business description listed in our annual Professional Member Directory that is sent to all 5,000+ AWS members
  • Discounts on advertising in the AWS Wine Journal
  • Wineries get discounts on entries in the AWS Commercial wine Competition

Student membership: $25
For students (over 21) who are currently enrolled in college

Life Membership:  $950
For those who plan to enjoy the benefits of membership for many years 

Half-year Membership:  $35
After July 1, we offer either an Individual or Household Membership for this reduced rate 

Note:  All AWS memberships are calendar year based

Ready to join the largest consumer based wine organization in the U.S.?  Go to our Join Us page!

Still not convinced AWS membership is for you?  Contact our National Office to get more information: or or call 888-297-9070



* Insurance only applies to official AWS Chapter events that are for all Chapter members and a limited number of invited guests (attending primarily to learn more about AWS in order to decide whether to join).  Insurance does not apply to events open to the general public.

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