North Alabama American Wine Society


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We are a chapter of the North American Wine Society!  

The American Wine Society (AWS) is the largest consumer-based wine education organization in North America. Its objective is to share knowledge about winemaking and tasting. With a membership of more than 8,000 people in approximately 180 local chapters — AWS members meet to appreciate and celebrate wine and to talk about the history, culture, and traditions involved in making and tasting wine. The American Wine Society hosts an annual three-day AWS National Wine Conference with two full days of educational seminars with nearly 50 sessions to choose from. In addition, AWS offers an opportunity for its members to participate in a three-year program to become an AWS Certified Wine Judge or take the less intensive Super Tasting Series– Level 1 class.

Membership in AWS is open to anyone aged 21 and over who is interested in learning about wine.

The AWS celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2017. Its 1st meeting took place in Western New York at the vineyard of Dr. Konstantin Frank on Keuka Lake near Hammondsport on October 7, 1967. The meeting included 200 grape growers, home winemakers, and wine lovers. Today, 30 percent of the members are amateur winemakers – a fact we take great pride in.

2024 Tasting Schedule

You must be an active AWS Member to register for a tasting.  If you join AWS, please be sure to select "North Alabama" as one of your chapter selections. 

Tasting Schedule Current as of March 15, 2024

The AWS Board strives to open registration for upcoming tastings 21 days prior to the event.   Chapter Members have priority registration for all events for the first seven days following the announcement.  Members may register guests once that priority registration period ends.   Guests may attend up to three tastings.  After that, they are required to join AWS for insurance purposes. 

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