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The Society

Members of the Capital Branch automatically become members of the International Wine & Food Society and its global network of people and events.


IWFS is a not-for-profit gastronomical organisation founded in 1933 by André Simon and A.J.A. Symons. The Society's originally stated mission is "the promotion of a broad knowledge and understanding of both wine and food, the enhancement of their appreciation, and the nurturing of camaraderie." With branches in Europe, North America, Africa, Australia and Asia, the Society hosts a series of events throughout the year that include dinners, wine tastings and food appreciation courses. As of 2021, there are over 130 branches and more than 6,000 members worldwide.

Members of IWFS benefit from the following:  

  • Opportunities to attend IWFS events and festivals around the world

    • Previous festivals held in Africa, Barcelona, Piemonte, Bordeaux, Oregon and many other incredible places​

  • Wine and world food events in international locales in the company of friends who share your passion.

  • Our series of Monographs on subjects ranging from Biodynamics, Grape Varieties and French Cheese

  • International and regional news via our quarterly online global newsletter "The Grapevine" plus a copy of your regional quarterly magazine/online newsletter. 

  • Insider access to wineries and restaurants in the gastronomical capitals of the world.

  • Unique wine Vintage Cards or App, sourced from leading expert wine consultants around the globe. The ratings range from 1 to 7 (the best) and guide the drinkability of the vintages.

  • Access insider travel information from contacts in existing branches.

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