About the Wisconsin Vintners
The Wisconsin Vintners Association came into existence in 1970 because a group of amateur winemakers thought it would be a good idea to have a meeting place for those interested in making and sharing this wonderful alcoholic beverage. During the ensuing decades the WVA has focused on teaching our members the fundamentals of winemaking, and in doing so, we have endeavored to make our association a truly social club that welcomes anyone interested in wine and winemaking.
Today, the WVA is one of the oldest and largest amateur winemaking clubs in the country, if not the oldest and largest. Over the past decade the WVA has also become philanthropic, regularly donating money to universities and other organizations that promote winemaking education. After five decades of growth and development, the WVA remains a club that prides itself on accepting new members as potential lifelong friends.
There are 6 membership meeting a year and 6 off site events. Meetings start at 7:30 PM and are held at Clifford’s Restaurant, 10418 West Forest Home Avenue in Hales Corners, WI. Please see the Club Events page for meeting and offsite events dates. At each meeting we conduct some club business, followed by a wine or winemaking related topic, which could include a special speaker or a wine evaluation.
Membership is open to anyone over 21 years old who has an interest in wine making.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meet 10 times a year on the first Wednesday of the month at a board member’s home. Members of the WVA are always welcome to attend board meetings as guests.
One benefit of WVA membership is learning the wine evaluation process. Learning how to assess wine characteristics will assist members in evaluating and then improving their own wines.
Through the club’s programs, members can educate their palate and develop the required expertise to possibly become a Judge at the Club Wine Judging and/or the Wisconsin State Fair Amateur Winemakers Competition
Sources of Grapes
Club members have the opportunity usually twice a year to purchase red grapes and/or white grape juice for winemaking from local wineries and other sources.