Saturday, September 25, 2010


Regional Definitions

Because Mr. Olney found that there is such diversity in the source of the fermentable juices used and styles in wine producing areas of America, he recommends that the recognition of individuals and organizations should be conducted on a regional basis possibly as segmented as follows: (These numbers are based of 2005 count and are in the process of being updated at this time to reflect the best estimated as of December 2009

West (2079)

The nominees are voted upon by members of the wine industry. Individuals employed in the industry must register with the AWIHOF office establishing their credentials as performing in some capacity within one or more of the seven wine industry categories previously detailed.


Mission StatementTo educate the public regarding the origin, development and growth of wine production as an important part of American culture.

To promote the positive values of wine in the lifestyles of Americans.


The AWI Museum, HOF and Foundation will be a qualifying 501 non-profit company established with a Board of Trustees, slate of officers and paid staff members, augmented by a volunteer work group to document the history of wine in America, provide tours, information services to on-tine visitors of both buildings & grounds and Internet Web sites of the AWI.

Board of Trustees The founding trustees will be selected by the founding funding sponsors and they would serve a three- year period in office and then would implement future selections of trustees in a manner such as Mr. Olney describes below

At-Large Trustees ( 5 ) - They will serve four-year terms. These individuals will be nominated and voted upon by the registered members of the wine industry.

Trustee of Qualified Other HOF Organizations( 6 ) - They will serve three-year terms. Mr. Olney suggests that a permanent seat be offered to each of the existing HOF organizations cited earlier in this presentation, and any such organization in the future that the Board of Trustee feels is a legitimate representative of some field of the AWI. These organizations will nominate and vote for their selected representative to the Board.

Regional Trustees (24) - They will serve two-year terms. He suggests that initially two (2) willing parties be located from within each of the 12 regional areas cited earlier in this presentation, to be the first occupants of the Regional Trustee seats. Thereafter these seats would be selected by nomination and voting by only members within each of the respective 12 regions.

The full Board of Trustees will select the following positions from among their membership:Chairperson1st Vice Chairperson 2nd Vice Chairperson SecretaryTreasurer

Executive Committee (11) The Board of Trustees would select an Executive Committee from among their composition to oversee the routine operations of the staff officers, salaried/waged employees, volunteers and program effectiveness, This committee will be composed of the following membership:

Two (2) from the At-Large category - They serve a four year term. They are selected by vote of the five Trustees of this category

One (1) from the Other HOF category - Serves a three year term and is selected by vote of the six Trustees of this category

Eight (8) from the Regional category with two each from the four geographical areas of the 12 regions listed above. These members will serve two-year terms.

They are selected by vote of the Trustees of this category in the following


Two from the West

the eight trustees of the region - voted into

office in even number years

Two from the East:the six trustees of this region - voted into office in odd number years.

Two from the South:the six trustees of this region - voted into office in odd number years

Two from the GL and MW

Board Committees:

The Board may establish ad hoc committees as its membership deems appropriate but there will be the following standing committees of the board which are filled by voluntary commitment:

Finance and Audit

- Presiding member Treasure Program Development - Presiding member 1st Vice Chairperson Public Awareness and Promotion - Presiding member 2nd Vice Chairperson Facility and Property Operations and Maintenance - Presiding member Secretary

1. California (1200 wineries)

2. Washington (460)

3. Oregon (300)

4. Other (119) Coast : (5) - AK (3), HI (2), Territories (0)

Inland: (114) - AZ (24), CO (40), ID (23), NM (20), NV (1) , UT (6

East (328)

5. NY (179)

6. PA (70)

7. Other East (79) - CT (10), DE (1), ME (3), MA (12), MD (12), NH (2), NJ (24), RI(5), VT (10), Territories (0)

South (328)

8. VA (90)

9. TX (60)

10. Other South (178)

Gulf: ( 96) - AL (24), FL (14),LA (3), MS (55)

Inland: (37) - AK (4), , GA (20) , KY (7), TN (6),

Atlantic: (45) - NC (10), SC (24), WV (11)

Great Lakes and Central (287)

11. Central: (109)IA (20), KS (8), MO (50), MT (5), NE (5),ND (1), OK (15), SD (4), WY (1)

12. Great Lakes (178)IL (40), IN (30), MI (40), MN (16), OH (40), WI (12)

As currently envisioned, Hall of Fame floor display space would be dedicated to each of the 12 regional areas shown above.

Nominations for consideration of induction into the Hall of Fame

Anybody can nominate individuals and organizations to be considered for the HOF. Unlike other wine related HOF organ-ization sponsors, Mr. Olney does not believe it is a true reflection of the impacts on the American Wine Industry if the selection criteria is to only allow individual names to be considered since there are a number of influences that were developed on a team basis - whether university or private industry - wherein multiple contributors created a particularly valuable improvement to the American Wine Industry. Therefore Mr. Olney recommends that there be six categories in which individuals and organizations can be nominated for induction into the HOF as listed below:

Growers: Grapes, Fruits, Berries, Honey (Mead), Other sugar based feedstock resources



These are the people who actually make the wine


These are the individual, famiiies and companies that envisioned the business and funded it and may or may not have been actively involved in the hands on operation of the facilities

universities scientists


Institutions/Corporations Marketing and Public Relations



Organizations – Printed, TV, Radio, Internet websites, movies/DVD

Writers – Columnists, Blogs, Historians, reporters, newsletters,

Distributors and Retailers


eriods of American Wine Industry History

Mr. Olney feels that the annual inductees might be derived in accordance with the following guidelines,“We are leaning towards selecting individuals and organization from each of what we call the three distinct periods of wine production within American. By doing what we s propose, we can offer each generation the opportunity to recognize those with whom their wine experiences were developed. This also ensures that history is retained by inducting those who came way before any of us in the industry today.”

The three eras that Olney recommends are briefly described below:

"Initialization and Migration" This period is defined as the time from the first arrival of foreigners to the new world up to year about 1825, with the start of America’s great period when it was declared that it ‘was our manifest destiny to make the United States, one country reaching from coast to coast.” This became part of what is known as "The Monroe Doctrine. " Wines were also being produced using non-grape feedstock’s

"Expansionism and Refinement”

The period from about 1825 through the enactment of Prohibition against the commercial production and consumption of alcoholic beverages in 1920 including the period of bootlegging of spirits, beer and wine until Repeal in 1933. This is the period when grape wine moved from just American varietals and their "foxy" taste to the palette, into production using European varietals with a much more refined after-taste. Wines were also being produced using non-grape feedstock’s.

"Resurrection and Perfection" This era commences with Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 to the present and constitutes the period when winemaking retreated from sweet, fortified wines and moved back to premium varietals and excellent generic wines produced in mass quantities. Meanwhile, wines were also being produced using non-grape feedstock’s.

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