About AWS

The Australian Wine Society (AWS) of Toronto is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization devoted to the enjoyment of the wines of Australia. Through exposure to, and education about the wines and wine regions of Australia, the Society seeks to encourage, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, a greater awareness of the wine varietals, the diversity and the styles of Aussie wines. The opportunity to try a wide range of wines makes it easier for members to decide what types they might want to purchase through wine agents, the LCBO, Vintages monthly releases and the Classics Catalogue.

Why join the Australian Wine Society?

Gord Stimmell, wine writer for the Toronto Star, describes the Australian Wine Society as a “terrifically friendly club to join with reasonably priced tastings” [August 27th, 2003]. What better environment to learn about and enjoy Australian wines?

Members can:

  • Become familiar with the wines of Australia, many of them only available from our cellar
  • Enjoy them in a very social, non-intimidating environment, suitable to both the expert and novice
  • Learn from expert speakers, visiting wine makers and fellow members
  • Get advance notification of wine events in and around Toronto
  • Enjoy a discount on AWS events and many other third-party wine events

What type of events do we hold?

The monthly events include sit-down & walk-around tastings and wine dinners at many fine Toronto restaurants.

Sit-down tastings have a lead taster or guest speaker, occasionally a winemaker from Australia.  Some tastings are focussed on a wine region, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra or the Adelaide Hills.  Others, such as our ever-popular Shiraz tasting, are focussed on a varietal.  Comparative tastings are also held with other Toronto area clubs featuring wines from other countries such as South Africa and the United States.

Dinners include traditional summer Aussie "barbie", winemakers' dinners when visiting winemakers are available, and a party on Australia Day every January.

Contacting AWS

Australian Wine Society of Toronto
c/o Suite 310 - 71 Old Mill Road
Toronto, Ontario M8X 1G9

Email: [email protected]

A volunteer board of directors plans and organizes the monthly events, handles the extensive wine cellar, manages membership, writes newsletters, plus all the other activities involved in running the society. Elections are held each year for positions on the Board as they become vacant. The current Board is:

Chairperson – Richard Winnik

Vice Chairperson – Bernard Nottage

Cellar Master – Joe Gentile

Finance – Walter Winnik

Board Secretary- Cathy Waiten

Australian Liaison – Mary-Louise Greer

Membership – Laura Kenney

Director – Stuart Koskie 

Director - Brian Godberson

To contact a board member, email 
[email protected] and specify the board member to whom your email should be forwarded.