About Us

History

History

Our Brotherhood was established in 1964 by Norman E. Gates who followed the philosophy of ancient wine brotherhoods by honoring wine, country and mankind. He created our organization to unite those people who produce wine, those who sell it, and those who appreciate it. Mr. Gates served as the Grand Commander from our founding in 1964 until 1995 and was succeeded by Michael D. Doukas who led our Brotherhood until 2006. Mr. Doukas was followed by William Hegland (2006 – 2008) and Terrance McCleerey (2008 – 2014). Our current Grand Commander is Buddy Hagner.

There are chapters in major cities around the globe where you will find camaraderie with people who love wine. Various opportunities to share in great wine experiences, not only at the local chapter level, but in all chapters and internationally, are available. If you do not see a chapter in your city and have an interest in starting one, contact our National Office for the region where you are located. We would welcome the opportunity to share our Brotherhood with you!

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History

Our Brotherhood was established in 1964 by Norman E. Gates who followed the philosophy of ancient wine brotherhoods by honoring wine, country and mankind. He created our organization to unite those people who produce wine, those who sell it, and those who appreciate it. Mr. Gates served as the Grand Commander from our founding in 1964 until 1995 and was succeeded by Michael D. Doukas who led our Brotherhood until 2006. Mr. Doukas was followed by William Hegland (2006 – 2008) and Terrance McCleerey (2008 – 2014). Our current Grand Commander is Buddy Hagner.

There are chapters in major cities around the globe where you will find camaraderie with people who love wine. Various opportunities to share in great wine experiences, not only at the local chapter level, but in all chapters and internationally, are available. If you do not see a chapter in your city and have an interest in starting one, contact our National Office for the region where you are located. We would welcome the opportunity to share our Brotherhood with you!

Our Story

Our organization's roots date back to the 13th century. As a founding member of the International Federation of Wine Brotherhoods (Fédération Internationale des Confréries Bachiques) or FICB, the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine has chapters in cities across America, Finland, South Korea and continues to grow! Our membership includes professionals in all phases of the wine industry and individuals who appreciate wine and wish to learn more about this wonderful beverage. Our Brotherhood offers unique wine programs that are both educational and social for our members... professionals or just lovers of wine. Membership is open to everyone and members of any chapter are welcome to attend events at all KOV Chapters throughout the world! You are cordially invited to become a member.
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Our Story

Our organization's roots date back to the 13th century. As a founding member of the International Federation of Wine Brotherhoods (Fédération Internationale des Confréries Bachiques) or FICB, the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine has chapters in cities across America, Finland, South Korea and continues to grow! Our membership includes professionals in all phases of the wine industry and individuals who appreciate wine and wish to learn more about this wonderful beverage. Our Brotherhood offers unique wine programs that are both educational and social for our members... professionals or just lovers of wine. Membership is open to everyone and members of any chapter are welcome to attend events at all KOV Chapters throughout the world! You are cordially invited to become a member.
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Contact Info

Phone: +1 (707) 579-3781

Address: 3343 Industrial Drive, Suite 2
Santa Rosa, California 95403-2060

Email: contact@kov.org

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