American Wine Institute
American Winemakers’ Association

represents thousands of wineries from a wide range of wine regions.


We are the largest association for American wine, and we represent the interests of our members’ and work for the reputation of American wines both at the national and international level. We aim to create the best possible working conditions for the industry, which is highly beneficial for the whole nation.

We point out the importance of the wine making process. While good quality is extremely important, we also emphasise that it is a crucial part of winemaking to pay attention to sustainability, traditions, reputation and dialogue with local communities.

The best winemakers, who are equally good at producing high quality wines and the winemaking process, can be nominated for the Spirit of the Wine Award, which is awarded every year to the best winery. Please read the section on the Spirit of the Wine Award for detailed information.

Paul Weiner
President and CEO