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Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association
promotes wine from the eastern United States. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), we continue to advocate for planting world-class vinifera wine grapes and quality hybrid and native varietals, producing outstanding commercial wines, and growing a thriving wine industry along the eastern seaboard.

2020 Wine Competition Cancelled
2019 Winner is NV Celebre by Dr. Konstantin Frank, NY for Best of show, see ASWA Wine Competition for all winners.



ASWA judges 2018

Judging Panel 2018

The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association promotes American wine produced in the seventeen eastern states: all those that touch the Atlantic Ocean plus West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

We are a trade organization founded in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association, renamed in 2008 to reflect our expanded regional focus.

To help identify the best of the best, ASWA holds an annual wine competition, the largest in the nation focused exclusively on the wines of the East Coast. The competition is held in late summer and judged by a panel of professionals hailing from all parts of the country.

ASWA’s competition winners span the breadth and width of our region. From Chateau LaFayette-Reneau in New York and Shelburne and Newport in New England, to Barboursville and CrossKeys in Virginia and Boordy in Maryland, to Jones VonDrehle in North Carolina, our search identifies a wealth of exciting wines and dedicated winemakers, each working within his/her own terroir and following a passion for great wine. We are pleased to highlight the great work of these outstanding vineyards. Learn more: