The beverage alcohol industry in Tennessee has a long and storied past, beginning with the temperance movement of the 19th-century Jacksonian era, spanning state prohibition and then national prohibition with the 18th Amendment, and finally seeing its reversal with the 21st Amendment and the establishment of the three-tier system in 1933.
To learn more about the history of beverage alcohol in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Tennessee, a chapter of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, was founded in the late 1960s by a group of Tennessee entrepreneurs bound by the common concerns of their shared industry. Manuel Eskind served as the organization's first president, and founding members included Alex Barzizza, Harold “Jobe” Bernard, John Donnelly, Harry Lipman, Dan Pearlberg, Howard White, Martin Goodman, Manual Eskind, Cape Bowman, Abe Plow, Sid Perlberg, King Klein, Vic Robilio, Sr., and Marshall Lewis.

Today, WSWT is comprised of a competitive membership of beverage alcohol wholesalers and has grown to be one of the largest and most active associations of its kind in the nation.

Our mission is to maintain the appropriate legal and regulatory environment for the distribution of beverage alcohol in the state of Tennessee so as to ensure the safe and responsible use of our products. 

Photo: Harold "Jobe" Bernard (r) and partner James "Tubby" Gordon (l) founded
Nashville-based B&G Wholesalers, Inc., now Horizon Wine & Spirits, in 1947.

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