History

The Start of Greater Houston Chapter – Wine Society of Texas

The Wine Society of Texas (WST), a statewide, non-profit membership organization, was founded in the winter of 1994. It was later chartered in 1996 in Arlington, Texas. The Houston Chapter was chartered in 1997 and grew to be one of the largest chapters in the state under the guidance and direction of Russ Kane and Delia Cuellar.

The founding idea for WST was to bring people together who were interested in the following:

  • Increasing their enjoyment of wine through education.
  • Assisting in the development of an educated consumer base for the Texas wine industry.
  • Furthering the appreciation of fine wine in Texas and furthering a wine culture and consumption of wine through its educational programs.

In the winter of 2010, it was voted to change the Houston chapter name to The Greater Houston Chapter. This better reflected the membership of the chapter who reside in specifically Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Galveston and surrounding counties. Our chapter consists of people with various backgrounds, levels of wine education and personal interest. Our members also include owners of various wineries and wine bars throughout the state of Texas. Our activities consist of both formal and informal tastings and events planned and carried out by active members in our chapter. We also look for ways to support other charitable organizations in the Houston Metropolitan area.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill our an application here.

To get more information go to the Wine Society of Texas Website

Purpose

The Greater Houston Chapter of the Wine Society of Texas, like the Society in general, exists in order to create an organization and atmosphere where friends can meet to enjoy food, wine and good fellowship. We attempt to accomplish these goals by regular events throughout the year in varied venues with different themes. While some events may be more formal, multi course dinners, others may be very informal gatherings at a member’s home or public venue. Still other times, we may meet at a winery where we interact with those who actually produce the wines in order to learn more about their processes and enjoy their medal winning or new releases.

In all of our events, several themes predominate:

Safe, responsible enjoyment of food and wine;

Education regarding grape growing, wine making, and food and wine pairings;

Support of the wine industry in general, and the Texas wine industry in particular;

Nurturing of friendships which go beyond the Society.

WST is a member driven organization, and all members are encouraged to be as active as they can be. Events often begin as a simple suggestion from a member, which develops into that member or others organizing a dinner, class, trip or other activity. As a volunteer organization, member participation is not only encouraged, it is essential.

The Wine Society of Texas is a 501-c3 non profit educational organization.