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"Promoting appreciation of wine through education"


The American Wine Society was organized in 1967 as a non-profit, educational, consumer-oriented organization for those interested in learning more about all aspects of wine. Now in its 49th year, the American Wine Society is the largest consumer based wine education organization in North America. Membership is open to anyone interested in wine and over 21 years of age. 
 

 

In 1973, the Society was incorporated in the state of Michigan, and the bylaws legally established the officers and structure of the Society.

 

AWS Bylaws

 

This governing body consists of a President, Vice president, Secretary, Treasurer, three Directors, and an Executive Director.   The link below will take you to our Board of Directors page.

 

2016 AWS Board of Directors

 

In order to manage the growth of AWS, geographic regions were established and Region Vice-presidents (RVP) were elected to act as the liaison between the National Office and the local Chapters within the region.  The role of the RVP changed as technology advanced and the National Office could easily contact all of the local chapters and all AWS members.   Today, RVP's are appointed by the AWS President with Board of Directors concurrence.  They still play a vital role in assisting existing chapters and supporting new chapters formed in their region.

 

The local chapter is the lifeblood of the society.  Led by an elected Chairperson, the chapter provides a venue for wine lovers to learn about wine together in a fun, social environment.  Chapters have the freedom to choose their activities and emphasis.  Some chapters focus on wine making, some on serious wine tastings, and some are more social. We want our members to learn about wine but we let them determine how and what they want to learn.  


We don't require AWS members to be part of a chapter and about 15% of our members are not.  We do encourage people to join their local chapter and if there isn't one in the area, we are glad to help them start one.  Learning, especially about wine, is more fun if you have people to share it with.

 

Please check out the pages of our website to learn more about AWS and all that we have to offer.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our National Office at 888-297-9070 or executivedirector@americanwinesociety.org.


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