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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.


Many more details to come!


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 49 session speakers and photo gallery from the 2016 National Conference in Costa Mesa, California.


Conference registration begins August 6.


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.

--Use Kalahari’s online reservations system. Our group booking ID is: 642.

Once you enter your group booking ID, click on Get Dates and then click on Submit. Follow the instructions to reserve your rooms.

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

The resort is less than an hour from the Scranton and Allentown Airports (which are much larger than you might think!), and we are working on a shuttle service. Newark Airport is approximately two hours. Check back for details.


A United Airlines meeting discount is available.


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.

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


2017 Conference Sponsors










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