History of La Viña

The Spanish-speaking A.A. Fellowship in the U.S. and Canada and in other Spanish-speaking countries has grown phenomenally in the last decades. While several local bulletins and magazines — some of them modeled after the Grapevine — have appeared in Spanish-speaking countries over the years, these are usually geared at their national community and have limited distribution elsewhere. Also, many Spanish-speaking members of A.A. had wanted for some time to be able to read and submit articles to the Grapevine in their own language. This expressed need was taken to the General Service Conference in 1991 and a recommendation was issued that the Grapevine begin publishing at least one article in Spanish every month. These articles appeared regularly between September 1991 until June 1996.

In 1995, the General Service Conference addressed the expressed need within the United States and Canada for a Spanish-language edition of the Grapevine and gave its approval to the idea. In July 1995, a special edition of the Grapevine in Spanish was produced, containing articles which had already appeared in English magazine. After presentation of a business plan for the new magazine to the trustees' Finance Committee (which was approved), the Grapevine began preparations for La Viña, planned as a bimonthly publication for Spanish-speaking members of A.A. The first issue came off the press in June of 1996 and copies were distributed to subscribers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Originally the Conference voted for the production of La Viña as a five-year experiment, but in 2001, the General Service Conference recommended that La Viña continue to be published by the A.A. Grapevine and supported by the General Service Board as a service to the Fellowship. The print run is currently at 15,000 magazines. The number of subscribers has grown slowly but steadily every year and is currently over 9,000.