About The Wisconsin Vintners


The Wisconsin Vintners Association of Milwaukee was organized in 1970. Membership is open to anyone over 21 years old who has an interest in wine making. Our mission is educating our members in the many styles of wine and techniques while promoting the responsible use of alcohol.

Membership meetings
Membership meetings take place once per month except during the summer months (May, June, July & August) and February due to our annual Dinner Dance.  Meetings start at 7:30 PM and are held at Clifford’s Restaurant, 10418 West Forest Home Avenue in Hales Corners, WI.  Please see the Club Events page for meeting dates. At each meeting we conduct some club business, followed by a wine or winemaking related topic, which could include a special speaker, a food and wine pairing or a wine evaluation.

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of every month at a board member’s home. Members of the WVA are always welcome to attend board meetings as guests.

Wine Evaluation
One benefit of WVA membership is learning the wine evaluation process. Learning how to assess wine characteristics will assist members in evaluating and then improving their own wines. They also are necessary to be a judge at the yearly club judging and the Wisconsin State Fair Amateur Winemakers Competition, which is run by the club. Through the club’s programs, members can educate their palate and develop the required expertise.

Winemaking equipment
The WVA owns numerous pieces of winemaking equipment for members’ use.

Sources of Grapes
Club members have the ability each year to purchase red grapes and white grape juice for winemaking from local wineries and various other sources.

Past Presidents

(1971) Harry Zimdars
(1972) John Brust

Charlie Thompson
(1975) James Mashock

(1976-77) Leo Krock

(1978-79) Robert Wilson

Charlie Thompson
(1982) Jerry Uthemann

(1983-84) Robert Wilson

(1985-86) Dave Brandt

(1987) Dewain Purgill

(1988) John Paeth

(1989-90) Jan Tomko

(1991-92) Virgil Penn

(1993) Dave Brandt

(1994-95) Chuck Finke

(1996-97) Paul Brauch

(1998-99) Dave Brandt

(2000-04) Jerry Horzewski

(2005-07) Joanne Ziarek

(2008-09) Howard Hasselkus

(2010-11) Tom Courtne
(2012-13) George Scovronski
(2014-16 ) Don Betlej
(2017-      ) Greg Paczkowski



Wine Events

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Meetings at Cliffords

Cliffords A special thanks to Clifford’s Supper Club for the use of their hall for our monthly meetings.