The Born Digital Wine Awards reward great content which is first published on the web and not in print to highlight the wealth of wine content being created online by writers everywhere. We are currently working on the BDWA Awards 2013 process and will announce details in January 2013 on this site.
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Today, the much anticipated results of the Born Digital Wine Awards 2012 are unveiled. The inaugural awards proved an instant success, with an enthusiastic number of entries (in excess of 300), coming from 24 different countries across the world. The aim of the awards is to give value to writers, photographers and videographers who are successful at creating wine content online – it must be “born digital” to qualify – ie be published first online.
The panel of judges comprises leading figures both in wine journalism and general publishing from around the world:
“Blogs are now an essential part of wine information, and to find one’s way in the jungle of wine blogs, a competition like BDWA, with peers as judges, is incredibly useful” comments Herve Lalau, a judge at this years Born Digital Wine Awards.
The judges had a tough job indeed and it was a very close call….but without further ado…..
The winners of the Born Digital Wine Awards 2012 are:
1. Matt Wilson (MattWilson.cl): Small Wine Producers in the Maule Valley Chile
[nggallery id=5]These are a series of photographs I made during three visits to a group of small wine producers in the Maule Valley in Chile. They own one or two acres of old carignan, pais grancahe and mouvdre vines. They use horses and old farming methods. The wine is fermented and stored in ceramic jars called “tinajas” The vines are up to 100 years old and they have been grafting some of them.
2. Mick Rock (Cephas): A biodynamic day at Dr Bürklin Wolf
[nggallery id=6]Some of the many tasks being undertaken on a day in late May at Dr. Bürklin Wolf, who are based at Wachenheim an der Weinstrasse in the Pfalz region of Germany. In 2005 the decision was made to convert all their vineyards to biodynamic viticulture. Today this is being done under the guidance of consultant Monty Waldin.
3. Giacomo Tincani (La Basia): Tie (Legare)
[nggallery id=2]This photo essay shows the binding of vine-shoots, traditionally done with willow branches. After pruning, when the tiny buds of this year’s growth have just appeared, vine-shoots are gently bent along the wires and tied with a flexible willow branch in one quick movement. Photographs were shot in late winter in the vineyards of La Basia, a small winery in the Lake Garda region (Italy). The photos show a patient, careful manual method, passed down from father to son over many generations. The work, and thus the images, depict a quiet and meditative relationship between man and environment. These photos are part of a larger ongoing project to document the various unique stages in the seasonal cycle of a family winery, where traditional techniques coexist alongside modern technology. Rather than a nostalgic vision of past times, they are intimate moments of a dynamic juxtaposition: a tie between old traditions and today’s practices.
Entries for the 2012 Born Digital Wine Awards should be submitted to from December 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012.
The Born Digital Wine Awards (BDWA) are the brain-child of Vrazon, a company specialising in Social Media in the drinks industry and a fusion of Catavino (Ryan and Gabriella Opaz) and Thirstforwine (Robert McIntosh).
The Awards are international, with entries welcome from around the world and in any language. For the 2013 BDWA Awards the content must have been published during 2012; the maximum for written pieces is 3,000 words and for videos, 10 minutes.