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Authors from 19 countries competing for Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation

Friday, 14th August 2015

The 2015 edition of the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation recently closed submissions for this year’s awards having received hundreds of entries from across the world of wine.

The first year of the updated and re-invigorated awards proved popular with writers, wineries and video makers across the world.

In total, the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation received 227 submissions during the three week period. Over 30% of the articles submitted were originally published in a language other than English, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and German with authors representing 19 different countries around the world. This diversity of content is unique to these awards, and something that is expected to continue to grow in future editions.

This is an exciting opportunity to compare wine writing and presentation as well as different wine cultures across the four categories of content in this year’s awards; investigative/journalism, opinion/editorial, travel related content and video.

The judging process has now begun and a shortlist for each category will be announced in September. The finalists will be chosen by an experienced panel of judges that includes Richard Siddle, Sarah Abbott MW, Pedro Ballesteros MW, Willi Klinger, Hervé Lalau, Elin McCoy and André Ribeirinho.

The announcement of the winners will take place at a ceremony during the Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on 24th October 2015.

The organisers wish to thank Wine in Moderation for supporting the goals of the awards and for creating a unique platform for promoting great and responsible online content for consumers to discover.

For further information on the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation, please visit or contact:

Robert McIntosh
Project Manager, Born Digital Wine Awards
+44 7813 769052

Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Aisbl:
Stylianos Filopoulos
Director, Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Aisbl
+32 (0)2 230 99 70


Vrazon and Wine in Moderation announce the 2015 Born Digital Wine Awards

Friday, 20th March 2015

The Born Digital Wine Awards, launched in 2011 by Vrazon, announces the 2015 edition brought to you by Wine in Moderation. The BDWA will continue to champion the best content produced online, but with an even greater focus on the culture of wine.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Wine in Moderation-Art de Vivre, BDWA will reveal, in April, a revised list of categories, prizes, judges and sponsors for the Awards. The goal will be to spotlight the best wine content published digitally, promoting a positive culture of wine in the world of communication. The Born Digital Wine Awards ceremony will be held at the 2015 Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) later this year.

Wine is the complement of food and conviviality, and Wine in Moderation is all about the unique wine culture. By supporting the BDWA we aim to honour the work of today’s wine communicators which reveals the link between wine culture and ‘art de vivre’” said Stylianos Filopoulos, Director of Wine in Moderation-Art de Vivre, “our aim is to encourage responsibility in the communication and appreciation of wine.

Ryan Opaz, founder and CEO of Vrazon said, “We are proud of what we built and achieved with the Born Digital Wine Awards. They are the only awards to accept entries in different languages, and with a systematic approach to judging that really helps to promote new voices alongside the established names.

The Born Digital Wine Awards were launched 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, and past winners include Tim Atkin MW, Jim Budd, Wink Lorch, but also less well-known names such as Nick Stock, Giorgia Guarienti and Andrea Frost.

More information will be available soon on:

BDWA LogoWine in Moderation Logo


For further information on the Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation, please contact:


Ryan Opaz, Founder & CEO,
Vrazon Digital Wine LDA.
+351 927 605 381

Wine in Moderation:
Stylianos Filopoulos
Director, Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Aisbl
+32 (0)2 230 99 70



About Vrazon

The Vrazon team also organises the annual Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC) and is committed to encouraging online wine communication.

About Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre

Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre (WIM) Programme launched in 2008 by the European wine sector, 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 into 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 aisbl include national wine associations from Europe and S. America and leading wine companies, highly respected for their excellence and their social responsibility.

Laithwaites and Virgin Wines To Support the Born Digital Wine Awards

We all love a story about unearthing a previously little-known talent, bringing their best work to a wider audience and maybe giving them “a big break”. We especially love it in wine.

We all know stories about innovative importers who have done this, finding new wine producers with great wines, but this is also very much the mission of the BDWA too.

The Born Digital Wine Awards is the only digital program supporting both recognized and emerging wine content creators, producing a wide range of digital content, but doing so regardless of language or geographical location. These individuals are passionate, creative, innovative but often unrecognized for their work, and the Born Digital Wine Awards is a way for their voices to be heard and amplified around the world.

It is not easy to find a sponsor that has the same vision we do – companies that value a global perspective, are as mad about wine as we are, but are also digitally focused, so we are proud to announce a partnership with Laithwaites Wine and Virgin Wines.

Laithwaites is a family business, started by Tony Laithwaite in 1969, and remains a family affair today, despite its phenomenal growth. The Laithwaites story has always been one of discovering (and buying direct from) small producers, and bringing their wines to a new audience. This is no small feat when you realise that Laithwaites offers a vast selection of wines from 22 countries, including Hungary, Croatia, Moldova, and in the near future, Turkey! Not only this, but they sell their wines to an amazing diversity of consumers in the UK, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Poland. Their unique appeal to consumers is the stories and long-held relationships behind their wines which are passed on to customers to entertain and enhance the enjoyment of wine overall.

Virgin Wines has been a pioneer in the online wine retail sphere, combining a fun, approachable communication style, the reach of the web plus the expertise of trained advisers. This commitment made them one of the leading and longest standing specialist wine retail brands on the web and today they are still growing fast and expanding to operate not just in the UK, but also the USA and Australia.

Both companies are veterans of the “direct” retail experience both online and off and really understand the value of quality communication with the enthusiastic wine consumer, and as such are very keen to promote talented wine communicators from all around the world of wine.

With this support, we hope the BDWA will make the world of wine online in 2012 even more varied, even more exciting and even more deliciously satisfying. I’m sure we can all raise a glass to that!

We encourage you to take a moment to check out both Laithwaites Wine and Virgin Wines in the New Year and see if maybe they can get the creative wine juices flowing.



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2011 Born Digital Wine Awards Category Suggestions

As we have promised in the past, the 2011 Born Digital Wine Awards will be adding 2 further categories to broaden the scope of the awards and highlight more effectively the best in wine content online.

We have brainstormed our own ideas, and there are a few we feel are most relevant, but the people who we should ideally be getting input from, is you. Thus, we are now opening the floor to your suggestions.

Leave a comment below and “vote” for your favorite suggestions with the “like” button on each comment. We’ll take all suggestions into account as we decide the new categories.

The deadline for suggestions, comments and ‘votes’ is June 20th, and the new Categories will be announced by June 30th.


The Born Digital Team!