Carl G. Brandhorst

Carl G. Brandhorst

Carl G. Brandhorst

Carl has been with the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) (formerly the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), a trade group that helps promote the wine industry since 2001.  He was President from 2008 to early 2016 and is currently President Emeritus and continues to advise the Association. He has served as Chairman of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competitions sponsored by ASWA (2005-2015).  He is also a past President of the Washington, DC Chapter of the German Wine Society.  Carl is a longstanding member of the American Wine Society (AWS) and a graduate of the AWS wine judge program.  As the current AWS Regional Vice President for Virginia, he assists in the formation of new chapters and supports current chapters through educational seminars. He is also a founding member (1988) of the Nation’s Capital Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine (KOV), an international wine organization in which he holds the cadre title of Charge d’Affaires.  He has been an active member of the Dionysian International Wine Society since 2002.  He was a member of the Society of Wine Educators from 1985 to 2008; further, he is a graduate of courses at the Austrian Wine Academy (Rust-1998) and the German Wine Academy (Geisenheim-1999).  He is an honorary member of a number of international wine organizations:  the Slovenian Knighthood of Wines (Ljubljana-2003); the Confraria del Cava Sant Sadurni (Barcelona-2006);  the Federation Suisse des Confreries Bachiques et Gastronomiques (Morges-2007); the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom (London-2008); the Confrerie Vinum Regum Rex Vinorum de Tokaj (2010) and the Serbian Wine Brotherhood (Belgrade-2012).

Carl has participated as a judge in a number of annual wine competitions, specifically, the AWS commercial and amateur competitions (2000-2011); the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Farm Winery competitions; the former VWGA Virginia competition (2002/2003); the San Francisco Chronicle competition in Cloverdale, CA (2002-2016); the Wines of the South competition in Knoxville, TN (2004 & 2011); the New York Finger Lakes International Competition in Rochester, NY  (2006/2008/2010-2012); the Grand Harvest ( 2012); and the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition (2007-2009 & 2011-2016), U,S. National Wine Competition (2013)  and  the International East Meets West (2014-2016) and the Lake County Wine Competition ( 2015 & 2016).

Carl has traveled extensively to wine regions in the United States, and has visited wine areas in Western and Eastern Europe, South Africa,  South  America, New Zealand, Australia  and Canada. He continues his travels as wine interests surface.

Carl is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and holds Master Degrees in International Relations (American University) and Public Administration (George Washington University).   He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.