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American Wine Society Chapters

AWS Chapters are groups of friends and like-minded individuals who enjoy getting together to share experiences and learn about wine. They organize wine tastings and other events to suit their members’ interests. Chapters range from serious wine tastings to winemaking to social events and food pairings - whatever the members prefer. AWS members are not required to be in a chapter but tasting and learning about wine is a lot more fun if you do it with friends. 


Want to see if there already is a chapter in your area?  Want to contact a specific chapter to learn more about them? Click on the link below to see a list of AWS chapter locations. 


AWS Chapter Locations by State


Click here to contact the National Office and we'll be glad to provide further information.



Starting a New AWS Chapter

The American Wine Society has chapters in many cities across the U.S. but if there isn’t one near you, starting one is as easy as 1-2-3.  

  1. The starting point is the AWS National Office. You can reach us at executivedirector@americanwinesociety.org or memberservice@americanwinesociety.org or call us at 888-AWS-9070. We can help you with any materials and guidance you may need.
  2. Next: In your neighborhood… You want to find other wine lovers in your area. The people you know are a starting point. We can give you tips on how to do this.
  3. Meet, organize and taste.... Pick a date, location and theme for your first meeting. Get to know everyone and encourage them to become AWS members. Talk about a name for your chapter and who will be the Chairperson.  

That's all there is to it!  Now, let the National Office know the name and Chairperson and we will put your chapter on our list.   The requirements to be certified as an official AWS Chapter are;

  • Have at least eight AWS members and be actively conducting chapter events

  • Enforce the AWS policy of limiting guests to three events before being required to join AWS

  • Chapter activities must be in accordance with the mission of AWS - appreciation of wine through education

Want more information?  Contact the National Office.  We're always eager to help people start new chapters!

Starting an AWS Chapter [PDF]


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