National Conference

Volunteer Opportunities


AWS National Wine Conference 2024

November 1-3, 2024 | At Benton Marriott and the Embassy Suites, Winston-Salem, NC.

Thanks to our great AWS members and others who want to help make this year’s conference a success. Many tasks can be done in the time leading up to the conference, and additional opportunities are available at conference.

Winery Outreach

We need people to talk to wineries about participating in the conference about pouring at the welcome reception to entering our competition to sponsoring events. We have a team coordinating the effort so please contact to help. If you are not in North Carolina, you can still reach out, or encourage a winery to complete the interest form:
Winery Interest


Session Presentations

Do you have a proposal for a session you would like to present? Our session coordinator is Jennifer Perry ( Please complete this form with the details and the selection panel will get back to you as soon as possible:
Session Proposal



Want to make a suggestion about this year’s conference? Have someone you think would make a good speaker? Can you recommend someone for us to reach out to for sponsorship?  If so, please complete this form, and we will get it to the right people:


Other Sponsorship

Other sponsorship opportunities exist, including having your name appear on our corkscrews and glasses (given to attendees), name badges, and placemats. Information is available here:  Sponsorship Opportunities. Interested in sponsorship? If so, please complete this form and we will get back to you soon:
Sponsorship Interest


Commercial and Amateur Competitions

Do you know a winery or amateur winemaker who should be submitting wines for evaluation. Commercial and amateur wines will be tasted and evaluated over 2 days just prior to the conference by certified wine judges. If you know someone, please encourage them to review competition submission rules here:
Commercial Winery Competition
Amateur Winemaker Competition


Pre-Conference Tours

We need someone to coordinate pre-conference tours. *The position has been filled.*


Vendor Outreach

We need someone to contact local artisans about exhibiting at the conference. *The position has been filled.*


Wine Sorting

Wines will be shipped to a pair of local wineries for the conference sessions and competitions. Volunteers will be needed to catalog and arrange these wines. *The position has been filled.*


Volunteering During the Conference

Colleen Reardon, our member service manager, will be sending out a request for volunteers to work doing the conference: introducing speakers, pouring wines for sessions, checking registrations, and many other jobs. This call for volunteers will go out to members attending conference and after session registration is completed. Please stay tuned!


Contact Us

If you have any questions about volunteering, feel free to contact the Conference Coordinator or our Executive Director at