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National Conference

NOV. 1-3, 2018



2017 AWS NATIONAL CONFERENCE & 50th Anniversary Celebration

Kalahari Resort

Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania 

November 2 - 4






Discover wine with hundreds of wine friends

We are planning fun pre-conference events, a knock-your-socks-off celebration of our 50th Anniversary, conference sessions you’ll be bragging about and food like at no other conference you’ve attended. Oh, yeah, and a TON of wine.


Also at the conference, you will find judging of our Commercial Wine CompetitionAmateur Wine Competition, Wine Appreciation Certification Class and Wine Judge Certification Training.The AWS National Conference is only for members, but you can join any time!


Never been to an AWS National Conference?


Check out our more than 50 sessions and speakers.


Conference registration is $499 per person.  


Book your hotel

Our conference hotel for 2017 is the beautiful Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. You may make your room reservation now at the AWS conference rate of $149.00 per night, for a standard two-queen Desert room, single or double occupancy.


Kalahari also has some limited suites available at discounted rates. Reservations for these rooms must be made via the phone instructions below.


Whirlpool (king, fireplace, balcony) - $149 

Honeymoon (king, heart-shaped tub, fireplace, balcony) - $169

2-Room Family (1 king room, 2 queens, 2 baths, fireplace, patio or balcony) - $223.50

African Queen (1 king room, 2 queens, 2 baths, fireplace, living/dining area) - $323.50


Here’s how:

--Call 877-525-2427 and ask for the American Wine Society 2017 Conference Room Block.
Our group booking ID is: 642.

Reserve by Monday, October 9, 2017 to receive the AWS conference rate.

As in past years, a one-night, non-refundable deposit is required.

The Kalahari features 977 beautifully appointed, authentic African-themed guest rooms and suites. Room amenities include a microwave, refrigerator, free high-speed internet access available, telephone with voice mail, ironing board and iron, in-room safe, complimentary access to the fitness center, table and chairs and HD television(s).


Getting there

Directions, address and GPS coordinates


By air: The resort is less than an hour from the Scranton and Allentown Airports (which are much larger than you might think!). 


Kalahari offers transportation from:

Allentown/Lehigh Valley $55

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre $55
Philadelphia $100 Newark $100
Price is set for first person. Each additional person will be $15.


Valet parking is $20 a day Self-Parking is free. 
To book contact the Kalahari transportation department at 570-580-6000 ext 21045


A United Airlines meeting discount is available.



Fly into Allentown, PA, US (ABE) Scranton Wilkes Barre US (AVP) Newark, NJ US (EWR) or Philadelphia, PA US (PHL) between 10/25/2017 and 11/8/2017.* 


For reservations, call United Meetings Reservations: 800-426-1122
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. CST M-F
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST S-S


Z Code: ZY9R

Agreement Code: 336113


*Discounts are valid for event travel only and are not intended for individual corporate or leisure travel.


Click Here for information regarding United Airlines discount and transportation to and from the Kalahari resort.


Have questions? Want to sponsor or present? Contact Conference Chair Diane Meyer or Executive Director David Falchek.


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Conference registration will open on August 7!
Conference registration will open on August 7!
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