The Amateur Winemakers of Canada (AWC), founded in 1971, is a national coordinating body for provincial amateur winemaking organizations. Its purpose is to promote the hobby of winemaking, and to increase the knowledge and skills of its individual members in making and evaluating wines and other fermented beverages. The principal activity of the AWC is a National Competition for amateur winemakers affiliated with its Provincial Member Organizations, held each summer. The AWC shares information about its competitions, including the results of recent AWC National Competitions as well as historical results and lifetime point totals on its web page.
At present, five provincial organizations (representing Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia) make up the AWC. Contact information for clubs wishing to affiliate with the AWC can be found on the AWC web page. The provincial organizations provide support and encouragement to local amateur winemaking clubs, host Provincial Competitions, and provide access to other services of interest to the amateur winemaker. All provincial organizations are eager to recruit new member clubs!