The winners of the 2015 Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation (#BDWAbyWIM), were announced 24th October 2015, at the 2015 Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The winners of the four categories are listed below, and on the Born Digital Wine Awards site, including links:
Best Editorial / Opinion Wine Writing
Best Investigative / Journalistic Wine Story
WINNER: Erika Szymanski – How to replicate a wine from 1500 year-old grape seeds
Second: Alder Yarrow – Do You Need to Worry About Arsenic in Your Wine?
Third: Becca Yeamans-Irwin – The Effects of Climate Change on The Global Wine Industry
Best Tourism Content with a Wine Focus
WINNER: Alder Yarrow – Austria: The Wine Lover’s Dream Destination
Second: Louise Hurren – Swallow (or spit) and stroll: Languedoc wine walks
Third (equal): Pauline Versace – Œnotourisme : escale à Marlborough en Nouvelle-Zélande
Third (equal): Sophie McLean – Re-birth, Re-match, Re-think: Wines of Argentina
Best Wine Themed Video
The BDWAbyWIM 2015 winners receive cash prizes with €500 being awarded to the winners, €250 for second places and €100 for third place. All these winners will also receive tickets to the DWCC 2016.
About the BDWA
The awards, now in their third edition, were relaunched in 2015 with the support of the Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre campaign in order to highlight the best content about wine being published online today.
The awards received a grand total of 227 submissions from 19 countries, including Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Serbia and Turkey. These submissions were received in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Portuguese and split into four categories. 118 entries made it to the final stage, where judges scored each of them on multiple criteria in order to create the shortlist of 30 entries.
The BDWA judges* were selected from the wine industry and briefed to compare writing and video content from across the world to find new voices and sources of wine stories, as well as stories that made responsible use and took positive advantage of the digital medium in some way.
Said Stylianos Filopoulos, director of Wine in Moderation-Art de Vivre: “We offer our hearty congratulations to the four winners for their outstanding work, but also to the creators of the 30 short-listed entries: thanks to your combined efforts, wine culture and its appreciation is being communicated in a wider, more diverse and responsible way.”
Awards co-founder Robert McIntosh commented: “By identifying these outstanding examples of online wine communication, we hope to create a ready list of content that can be a benchmark that both educates and inspires communicators around the world.”
*BDWA 2015 judges were: Richard Siddle (Chair of Judges), Sarah Abbott MW, Pedro Ballesteros MW, Hervé Lalau, Elin McCoy, André Ribeirinho and Luzia Schrampf
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Robert McIntosh, Founder,
Vrazon Digital Wine LDA.
+44 7813 769052
Wine in Moderation:
Director, Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Aisbl
+32 (0)2 230 99 70
NOTE TO EDITORS:
About Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre
The Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Programme was launched in 2008 across the European wine sector. It is the tangible and measurable contribution of the wine business community to reinforce responsible drinking patterns as a social and cultural norm. WIM is a common programme, centrally coordinated and implemented nationally, with the capacity to adapt to local needs, respecting cultural diversity and regional identities.
The Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) aisbl is an international not-for-profit association founded in 2011 by the European wine sector to coordinate the WIM programme and expand its reach in Europe and beyond. Members of WIM include national wine associations from Europe and South America and leading wine companies who are known for excellence and a commitment to social responsibility.
About Vrazon and the BDWA
The Born Digital Wine Awards were launched by the Vrazon team in 2011 to focus attention on the range and quality of wine-related content being published online across the world in different languages. In its first two editions, the awards received over 500 entries from 24 countries and in more than a dozen languages.
The Vrazon team also organises the annual Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) and is committed to championing online wine communication.