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What a great organization to learn about wine, to promote an understanding of wines in general, and especially to come together with others socially and build lasting friendships."     -- Member since 2008

Do more than taste wine—discover it

The American Wine Society (AWS) is all about making wine knowledge exciting and fun! In fact, we’re the oldest and largest consumer organization in the U.S. dedicated to that mission. We want you to know what’s in your glass.

Members explore wine together, through relaxed chapter tastings, a magazine, national tasting events and much more. AWS has a great rep in the wine industry, with remarkable relationships with winemakers, wineries and wine-related businesses around the globe that give members access to incredible wines and experiences.

Your AWS membership card opens the door to:

Unique, exciting and informative wine tastings and other chapter events, based on what you want to learn, not what the local retailer wants to sell
Recognition when visiting wineries and wine-related businesses
Discounts and/or free tastings at wineries and WSET discounts
Protection by the $1 million liability insurance AWS provides for attendees at official chapter events*
AWS Wine Journal magazine
AWS News e-newsletter
AWS National Conference held in a different U.S. region each year
AWS National Tasting Project
Amateur and Commercial Wine Competitions

Wine cruises
Online discussion forums for general members and amateur winemakers
Annual AWS vintage chart
AWS Wine Judge Certification Program, the only one of its kind in the U.S.
Online educational materials




Membership Types

The American Wine Society offers membership levels to fit any wine lover's situation;


For one person


For two people at the same address


For people or businesses wanting to promote themselves to over 6,100 AWS members. Professional Members enjoy these additional benefits:
· An engraved plaque to display
· Your logo, weblink and business posted on our Professional Member page
· Discounts on advertising in the AWS Wine Journal
· Discounts for wineries on entries in the AWS Commercial Wine Competition


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


For those who plan to enjoy the benefits of membership for many years


After July 1, we offer NEW Individual or Household Memberships for this reduced rate

Note: All AWS memberships are for a calendar year


"AWS, is the best place for folks who have newly discovered their interest in wine. It gives them an opportunity to understand and appreciate what makes a good wine, or a bad wine, for that matter. New members are able to spread their horizons by the mentoring of long time members, and of course the longtime members get to learn about new wines through the enthusiasm of new members. The circle of chapter life."      --Member since 2009

 Who are AWS members?

More than 8,000 wine enthusiasts and 180 AWS chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada make up our non-profit, national organization. Who are they? People from beginner to expert who love to learn about wine—wine consumers; amateur and professional winemakers; chefs and restaurateurs; educators; journalists; students; wine distributors, wholesalers and retailers; winery owners and operators; home cooks and foodies, and wine lovers everywhere!

More than 8,000 AWS members can’t be wrong. Join them today!

Still not convinced? 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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