The purpose of the Worcester Chapter of the American Wine Society is to promote the appreciation and responsible enjoyment of wine and to educate its members on all aspects of wine.

We do this primarily through monthly wine tastings (see our events page) held at member’s homes, hotel meeting spaces, and other locations in the Worcester area of Massachusetts, plus occasional trips outside our area.

Our local chapter met for the first time in August 2012 where we tasted 5 Sauvignon Blancs from 5 different countries. Our chapter has been growing ever since.

If you would like to attend one of our monthly events or if you would like to become a member, contact the chapter chair at .

AWS Membership and Benefits

Participation in local chapter activities
Tastings, dinners, social events, and trips.
Participation in regional and national events
The National AWS Conference – professional and amateur wine competitions, educational seminars, banquets, etc.
American Wine Society Journal
Mailed quarterly, the journal is filled with information about wineries, specific wine varietals, notable wine personalities, characteristics of wine growing regions of the world, wine and food combinations, and gourmet recipes. An invaluable source of information available only to AWS members.

AWS Discounts

Discounts on Wine
All AWS members will receive 20% or more discount on wines that are purchased from O’Hara’s Wine and Liquors that have been featured at the previous AWS wine event. How it works: Email Jim, the proprietor at or call the shop at with the wines you would like to purchase. O’Hara’s Wine and Liquors is located at 402 W. Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606.
Discounts at Wineries
Next time you visit a winery, pull out your AWS membership card and show the person behind the counter that you are a member. Most wineries will give you a free tasting or a discount on wine purchases. You could easily save the cost of your membership with one weekend trip to the Finger Lakes.
Avis Car Rental
AWS has an arrangement with AVIS Car Rental to provide up to a 25% discount for our members every time they rent a car.
FedEx Office Printing Discount
FedEx Office is offering AWS members a 20% discount on all copies and printing at any of their U.S. locations.
Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine
Members of the American Wine Society have the opportunity to save 46% off of a subscription to Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine.

AWS Membership Brochure