Winemaking is a fun, rewarding & sociable hobby whether you’re making wine from grapes or starting out with a kit at home or at a U-Vint or Brew on Premise facility. At the end of the day, our goal is to enjoy a glass of good wine with like-minded friends.
Can it get any better?
Amateur Winemakers of Ontario is an association of winemaking clubs located in Ontario, Canada. For people who are not a member of a club we invite them to join as Members At Large so we can provide them with the benefits of membership and the ability to compete in our annual competition.
Our Annual competition is the largest amateur wine competition in Canada. It’s a great way to obtain an independent evaluation, by trained judges, of your wine which helps to improve your winemaking skills.
2023 Paul Dunseath Award Winner for Outstanding Service – Patti Polfuss
2023-11-30 Deadline for Membership update & dues
2024-01-04 First date to submit Club Judging Request
2024-01-31 Last date to submit Club Judging Request
2024-03-02 First date for Club Judging
2024-03-24 Deadline to submit Motions for AGM
2024-05-05 Last date for Club Judging
2024-05-08 Deadline to submit entry request for AWO competition
05-31 – 06-02 AWO Competition
2024-06-22 AWO Festival 2024
Freshly Pressed Updates
2024-02-19 Added Insurance details under ‘Membership Benefits’
2024-02-19 Added AWO Code of Conduct under ‘About Us’
2024-02-08 Added 2024 Club Competition information
2023-08-28 Added Glenlake Vineyards to the list of Grape & Juice suppliers
2023-07-24 Added AWC entry instructions at the end of the 2023 Competitions page
2023-07-24 Added seminars to the Winemaking page – SO2, Sparkling Wine Yeast Creation & Thermoflash
2023-07-07 Added Blank AWC Competition 2023 Bottle Tags to bottom of Competition 2023 page
2023-06-26 Added 2023 AWO Competition Results
2023-05-22 Added Blank AWO Bottle Entry Tag to Competition page
2023-04-24 Opened up Registration for Festival 2023 Sippers Symposium and added AGM call information
2023-04-20 Added Festival 2023 Sippers Symposium information
2023-04-13 Added a link to purchase PH meter under Supplies & Equipment
2023-03-28 Added 2023 AWO Online Wine Registration link
2023-03-08 Added 2023 Club Entry Instructions
2023-02-24 Added 2023 AGM Call for Motions
2023-02-24 Updated Wine Making Clubs information
2023-01-04 Added 2023 Competition including Club Judging Request form
Here’s what our site has to offer
|Check out the ‘About Us’ tab for our history, list of directors, and our constitution & bylaws.
Under the ‘Membership’ tab, you will discover all of the benefits that come with belonging to our organization.
This includes a list of our current clubs, how to create a club of your own and how to access Winetalk, our online forum (you need to be a member to access Winetalk). Winetalk allows you to post technical questions and various members, with their years of winemaking experience, will correspond with their insights on the issue.
You can also view our newsletters & picture gallery.
|The ‘Competition’ tab has all of the information you need to compete at the next competition with your homemade wines (class descriptions, competition procedure, entry form, bottle tags) and to find results for previous years.
Many members compete to receive an independent evaluation of their wines and for bragging rights.
Under the ‘Winemaking’ tab, we have articles written by our members and others in the winemaking community
Find out where to buy grapes, juice & winemaking supplies on the ’Links & Resources’ tab.
|The ‘Festival’ tab will have the current information for this year’s convention.
Every year we hold a Festival/Convention where we get a chance to meet & network with new members and see old friends from the many different clubs.
At the Festival, there are various seminars & tastings and there are suppliers selling their wares.
This once a year event is a great venue for learning what’s new in the world of winemaking.
We also find out the results of the Ontario competition and enjoy each other’s wines & food at the club showcase.