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.  Since our founding, we have had 5 Grand Commanders:  Norman Gates, Michael Doukas, William Hegland, Terrance McCleerey and Robert “Buddy” Hagner who is our current Grand Commander.
There are chapters in major cities across the United States and several in the process of formation. You will find camaraderie with people who love wine in the local chapters as well as when you have an opportunity to travel and visit other chapters.  The Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine is an International non-profit 501 (C) (10) organization created to promote American wines and wine producing regions; to introduce and recognize quality wines from around the world; and to rekindle the respect of wine and wine culture for mankind and country.
In the tradition of wine brotherhoods around the world, we seek to promote our own American wine industry and educate our members to the benefits and enjoyment of wine. We are a founding member of the FICB. and one of over 100 Wine Brotherhoods from around the world! The Federation Internationale des Confreries Bachiques (FICB) is an umbrella organization that was created in 1964 and aims to promote and defend fine wines.
In addition to working with the American wine industry to promote American Wines, the Brotherhood sponsors unique national and local wine events.  Events include a formal induction ceremony as well as more casual luncheons, dinners, wine tastings and educational seminars.
Our membership includes professionals in all phases of the wine industry and individuals who appreciate wine and wish to learn more about this wonderful and unique beverage. Membership is open to everyone, as our Brotherhood offers something for all . . . professional or just lover of fine wine. We offer unique wine programs that are both educational and social for our members. You are cordially invited to become a member. Current due paying members have access to any chapter’s function throughout our brotherhood as well as international events organized by the FICB.


3345 Industrial Drive, Suite 16

Santa Rosa, CA 95403-2061

Tel:  (707) 579-3781 Fax: (707) 579-3996

Board Chairman and Grand Commander:

Robert « Buddy » Hagner

Executive Director: Carol Bade contact

FICB relations: Pasquale Pingitore



Robert « Buddy » Hagner: Board Chairman, Grand Commander, Commander Houston Chapter

Kenneth A. Haapala: Grand Vice Commander; Commander Nations Capital Chapter

Donald D. Bade: Grand Treasurer

Tom Webb: Grand Administrative Officer

Pasquale Pingitore: International Emmisary, Commander, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Claire Cuccio: Nations Capital Chapter

Jerry Gatlin:  Commander Austin Texas Chapter

Tom Webb:  Commander Tennessee Chapter

Richard Kehoe: Commander Monterey Peninsula Chapter

Kenneth Levy: Commander Lodi Chapter

Grand Officers:

Robert « Buddy » Hagner: Grand Commander, Kenneth A. Haapala: Grand Vice Commander, Donald D. Bade: Grand Treasurer, Tom Webb: Grand Administrative Officer

Grand Council:

Robert « Buddy » Hagner:  Grand Commander, Kenneth A. Haapala: Grand Vice Commander, Donald D. Bade: Grand Treasurer, Tom Webb: Grand Administrative Officer, Janet Hamilton: Vice Commander Los Angeles Chapter, Pasquale Pingitore: International Emissary, Carol Bade: Executive Director

Provosts General:

Dave Barber: Northeastern United States, Thomas Storey: Southeastern United States, Lois Van Vooren : Southwestern United States, Peter Bosco: Northwestern United States