The home of amateur winemaking in Vancouver

Vancouver Amateur Winemaking Association

Vancouver Amateur Winemakers Association is a club of wine lovers and home winemakers who strive to create wines they can be proud of. The purpose of our club is to bring together in a friendly atmosphere people interested in the art of amateur winemaking to engage in related discussions, lectures, demonstrations and social events.


Monthly Meetings

The last meeting before the summer break was held on Thursday May 16 at Richmond Caring Place. The June meeting will be replaced by our garden party—more details on that to follow. We will reconvene for our regular meetings in September, as usual.

Content Updates

A comprehensive set of winemaking calculators (Excel) from Daniel Pambianchi's site.

Technical articles, for dealing with smoke taint in grapes. Content provided by Alan Marks from Scott Labs Canada:

A new, comprehensive book on home winemaking, with up-to-date information on materials and modern techniques, was released in summer 2021.

The 2023 edition of the Scott Labs Fermentation Handbook is now available.

Event Attendance COVID-19 Policy

To keep everyone safe, our current policy for all groups events is that all attendees are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and free of all potential symptoms.

Garden Party

We will be holding our 2024 Garden Party on Saturday June 22, graciously hosted again by Ron & Judy Toffolo in Richmond and starting at 5:30 PM. The garden party is open to all members and their significant others. Our COVID-19 attendance policy applies to this event. Sign up to attend.

VAWA Competition

The 2024 VAWA competition (50th!) is planned for June 21–22, together with our garden party. The registration will be open June 1–16. Further details can be found on the BCAWA site.

The 2023 VAWA competition (49th) was held on Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th, before our summer garden party. Thank you for your entries and congratulations to all medal holders!

Other Competitions

Our members are encouraged to continue entering wines into BC competitions, for feedback and to support other winemaking clubs.

About Us

We are a member driven organization which organizes the following events:

Details of the formal organization of the club can be found in the VAWA Constitution and Bylaws.

New members are always welcome and accepted regardless of their level of winemaking experience. The VAWA annual membership fee is $35 for individuals or $50 for couples. In addition, for new members, there is a one-time charge of $10 for creating your name badge. Please print out the Membership Application , fill it in and bring it to a regular meeting together with your cheque/cash for the appropriate amount. For other arrangements, contact the club Treasurer.

Monthly Meetings

Our Association usually holds meetings at 8 pm on the third Thursday of each month at Richmond Caring Place, located at 7000 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC V6Y 3Z5. The meeting dates and location are being announced via email and posted on this page. No meetings are held in the months of July and August.

The typical meeting agenda is outlined below. Details of the Feature Presentation and Mini Competition are available from the monthly email newsletter , typically issued in the week preceeding the meeting.

Anyone interested in finding out more about us is welcome to attend a meeting as a guest. There is a door fee of approximately $10 for members and $15 for guests related to the cost of the evening's program.

Current Executive


Do you have additional questions about our club and its activities? Want to confirm a scheduled meeting? Please email us at