Do more than taste wine – discover it
The American Wine Society (AWS) is all about making wine knowledge exciting and fun!
Members explore wine together, through relaxed chapter tastings, a magazine, national tasting events and much more. AWS has a great reputation 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 local 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
– 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 US 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 US
– Super Tasting Series sessions at the national conference
– Online educational materials
More than 8,000 AWS members can't be wrong. Consumers and wine professionals are invited to
"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
"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
Find or Start an AWS Chapter
American Wine Society Chapters
AWS Chapters are forums for wine-loving members to share experiences and learn about wine. They are the backbone of AWS.
Chapters organize wine tastings and other events to suit members’ interests, ranging from serious wine tastings to winemaking to social events and food pairings. The possibilities are limitless, and nearly all chapters are thrilled to welcome new members and visitors who want to check them out before joining.
AWS members are not required to be in a chapter, but tasting and learning about wine is a lot more fun if you do it with friends!
The AWS has more than 180 chapters across the country. Find one near you by entering a zip code or town in the search box on the map below and click enter. Once you locate a chapter, email the national office or call 888-AWS-9070 to ask about visiting or joining a chapter.
Don’t see a chapter near you? See below and then contact the national office to learn how easy it is to start one! The AWS launches new chapters every month.
Members can access our national directors and chapter directory.
Get the most value from your membership -- Wine-Related Discounts
Among the many benefits of AWS membership are wine discounts and wine education savings offered by our industry and other service partners. Most of these discounts could more than pay for your AWS membership dues.
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Wine Education Discounts
Boost Your Wine Smarts
We’re all about wine exploration at the American Wine Society. In addition to less-formal educational chapter events, we sponsor classes at the national level, including Wine Judge Certification Training and our Super Tasting Series. But if you want to dig even deeper into wine knowledge, check out the wine course discounts available with our education partners:
Napa Valley Wine Academy – 10% discount on published course prices, including Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), both online courses or live in Napa, Santa Barbara, Orlando, Tampa, Denver, Clevelend, Las Vegas or Nashville.
The Wine Center – 10% discount on WSET II and WSET III online and in-person courses, exams must be taken in Nashville, St. Louis, Benton or Little Rock.
Phillywine – Discount on in-person WSET classes in Philadelphia
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When You Visit
Your AWS membership card identifies you as someone who is serious about wine. Many wineries and wine businesses appreciate your deeper interest in learning about their products and gladly offer free tastings, wine discounts and other perks.
Some wineries are AWS Professional Members or AWS Welcome Here participants, so they know us on some level. Other wineries have heard of us, and many have not. Next time you visit a winery, present your current membership card and see what happens. It may help to explain about AWS’s educational focus. Always be courteous and remember that you represent AWS. Don’t forget to buy wine!
Many members report great success, “easily saving the cost of membership on one weekend trip to wine country.”
Avis Car Rental Discount
When You Travel AWS has an arrangement with AVIS Car Rental to provide discounts for our members every time they rent a car. Discounts range up to 25%, so next time you need to rent a car, check the AWS discount rate with AVIS first.
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FedEx Office Printing Discount
Printing and making copies is easy and less expensive with a 20% discount for AWS members at any US FedEx location Get the discount codes (log-in required)
Keep checking this page for future discount offers!