December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

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WSWA Key Issues

Advancing the Interests and Independence of Wholesalers

WSWA represents its members before Congress, executive agencies, regulatory bodies, courts, and other alcohol beverage industry organizations.
The association monitors and advocates on numerous federal, state, and regulatory issues affecting wine and spirits wholesalers and the beverage alcohol industry. WSWA is committed to promoting the integrity of the state-based, three-tier system of alcohol regulation.

State Key Issue: Access to Alcohol by Minors

WSWA is committed to responsible distribution of alcohol and prevention of underage drinking.

Regulatory Key Issue: UK Beverage Alcohol Regulation

Recently, the United Kingdom has experienced a wave of public health and safety incidents related to counterfeit or adulterated alcohol. Media reports have indicated that officials have identified as much as £1.2 billion (GBP) in uncollected tax revenue lost each year in the illegal market. In addition, consumers in the U.K. have consistently encountered adulterated or counterfeit product sold outside legal distribution channels, including fake products causing death or serious illness.

State Key Issue: Ignition Interlocks

While there have been significant decreases in the number of alcohol related crashes, fatalities and injuries in the last two decades, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) remains steadfast in its commitment to fighting drunk driving.

  • 74th Annual Convention & Exposition

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    Apr 18, 2017

    The WSWA Convention & Exposition is where distributors seek out new and exciting beverage products for U.S. consumers, meet with existing portfolio partners and look for services to enhance internal operations. This event will provide you with THE opportunities you need to introduce new products or simply grow your brands, products or services in the U.S. marketplace. 74th Annual Convention & Exposition Grande Lakes Orlando Orlando, FL April 18-21, 2017

  • 2017 Legislative Fly-In

    Jun 6, 2017

    WSWA hosts an annual legislative "Fly-in" for member companies to visit Washington, DC to speak directly with lawmakers, attend briefings and share the industry's position on how federal policies impact their businesses. This year's Fly-in will take place June 6-8, 2017. For more information, contact Ali Prolago Gormley. 2017 Fly-In & “Toast to Congress” June 6-8, 2017 The Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC The “Toast to Congress” will be held at Eastern Market

  • 2017 CLD Leadership Skills Conference

    Jul 16, 2017

    CLD Leadership Skills Conference (CLD) is WSWA’s annual executive training program for the next generation of industry leaders. It was developed to help build an educational foundation of crucial legislative, public policy, marketing and trend information needed to advance careers in the beverage alcohol industry. The conference also helps to develop connections among the wholesalers as well as suppliers and service providers, peers and current industry leaders. For more information, contact Kari Langerman. 2017 CLD Leadership Skills Conference July 16-18, 2017 Hotel Van Zandt Austin, TX

  • U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K

    December 29, 2013

    U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K, WSWA Says

  • Who Are Wholesalers and How Do They Work?

    December 17, 2013

    The nation’s nearly 6,000 wine and spirits wholesaler locations are the crucial part of the responsible and efficient distribution system that delivers adults the widest variety of products available anywhere in the world in a manner that controls access for of-age consumers, delivers tax revenue to local, state and federal governments, and ensures product safety and consumer protection.

  • UK: Call for UK to adopt US' three-tier alcohol system

    October 30, 2013

    The UK should consider adopting a similar structure to the US' three-tier alcohol system to tackle alcohol duty fraud, a trade group has recommended.

  • Wswa to Honor Alan Dreeben and Gerry Ruvo at 74th Annual Convention & Exposition

    March 22, 2017

    America’s family-owned wine and spirits wholesalers will honor two industry giants as part of the WSWA 74th Annual Convention & Exposition to be held April 18-21 at Grande Lakes Orlando.

  • WSWA Announces New Employee and Staff Promotions

    February 22, 2017

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America President and CEO Craig Wolf today announced the promotion of four association employees and the addition of one new team member.

  • Michigan Bill Will Crack Down on Illegal Wine Shipments, WSWA CEO Says

    January 11, 2017

    A bill passed by the Michigan Legislature will help law enforcement and state tax authorities crack down on illegal wine shipments, a move praised today by Craig Wolf, President and CEO of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), a trade group representing American family-owned wholesalers.