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. On October 7, 1967, around 200 grape growers, home winemakers, and wine lovers gathered at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s vineyard on Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, NY for the AWS’ initial meeting. In December of the same year, the thirteen charter members, led by Founder Dr. Konstantin Frank, met to determine the organization structure of AWS and elect officers. Now the American Wine Society is the largest consumer based wine education organization in North America.


The emphasis of AWS also evolved through the years as we reached more and more wine lovers. Most early members were winemakers and we continue to value this key segment of the society. Even today, 30% of AWS members are amateur winemakers - a fact we are very proud of. The society was focused primarily on American wines in the early years, but great wine can be made anywhere and today, AWS members want to learn about wines from all corners of the globe.


Follow this link to the National American Wine Society Home Page.

About the American Wine Society

Glimmerglass Chapter: American Wine Society

The American Wine Society