DC monument pano 1903x501

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.

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. (WSWA) is the national trade organization representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. It is dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of wholesale distributors and brokers of wine and spirits. 

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.

WSWA focuses on many important policy areas such as taxation of family-owned businesses, state-based alcohol regulation, social responsibility, and drunk driving prevention. Details on WSWA's key issues at the federal and state levels can be found on the Federal and State Issues pages.

The association also manages the WSWA-Political Action Committee where members can advocate for candidates who support the interests of wholesalers.