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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


Membership Types


The American Wine Society offers membership levels to fit any wine lover'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 6,000 AWS members.  Professional Members enjoy these additional benefits;

  • An engraved plaque to display in your business
  • Your logo, weblink and business posted on the Professional Member page of the AWS website
  • Discounts on advertising in the AWS Wine Journal
  • Wineries get discounts on entries in the AWS Commercial wine Competition
Student membership: $25

For new members 21-30 who are enrolled as full time college students


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

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Still not convinced AWS membership is for you?  Contact our National Office to learn more:  executivedirector@americanwinesociety.org or memberservice@americanwinesociety.org 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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