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The Society

The International Wine & Food Society Ltd. 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

  • Learn about wines and foods of the world through local and international events in the company of friends who share your passion.

  • Our series of Monographs on subjects ranging from Biodynamics to 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.

  • Unique wine vintage cards or App, sourced from 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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