The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) is one of the oldest wine organizations located on the East Coast. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), it was an early supporter of planting world-class Vinifera wine grapes, the production of quality commercial wines, and the building of a wine industry along the Eastern seaboard.
We are an organization dedicated to the promotion of East Coast wines, wineries and winemakers.

Virginia Wines Featured at the U.S. Foreign Affairs Day:

May 6, 2011


On the 6th of May, 2011, the annual Untied States Foreign Affairs Day was conducted at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. VWGA/ASWA president Emeritus, retired Foreign Service Officer Gordon Murchie and Carl Brandhorst, president of the ASWA, attended the day’s event. For the past several years, the VWGA and now the ASWA have provided the wines for the event’s luncheon which is traditionally held in the elegant and historic Ben Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room atop the State Department. Only 250 of the day’s attendees are lucky enough to secure tickets. On each of the 25 tables of ten, three ASWA-logoed tent cards displaying the wines being offered and the producing wineries are placed. Also, the Director-General of the Foreign Service includes in the luncheon’s opening remarks mention of the provided wines which is followed by a toast to all members, past and present of the American Foreign Affairs Community.

Foreign Affairs Day Luncheon ticket noting the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association’s sponsorship of wines provided for the annual luncheon.

This year, the wines selected included Horton Vineyards’ 2010 Viognier and Barboursville’s 2009 Dry Rosé. This annual event provides a unique marketing exposure for quality wines and of the offered wines of the Old Dominion. We are told that there is never any of the offered wines left over! The day’s program opens with a presentation by the Secretary of State or Deputy Secretary of State providing an overview of the major international challenges confronting the U.S., followed by a series of individual geographic briefings from south and Central Asian, Near Eastern, African, East Asian and Pacific, to European and Eurasian Affairs and Western Hemisphere Affairs, along with a review of international public diplomacy.

Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service, Nancy J. Powell, leads the 250 luncheon attendees in a toast to the dedication and service of past and current members and their families of the U.S. Foreign Service Affairs Community.
Retired Foreign Service Officer and president Emeritus of the VWGA/ASWA is recognized by the Director-General to join her in toasting the American Foreign Affairs Community. Carl Brandhorst, president of the ASWA, is at left.

In Memoriam

Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg

Founding Member Juanita Swedenburg

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