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Vinos de La Luz keeps rewarding the WTA winners of the Wine & Food Influencer

Vinos de La Luz group of companies – sponsor of the ‘Wine & Food Influencers’ nomination for two consecutive years of the project – is the international wine group owned by Dr. Ricardo F. Nunez, which includes wineries in the most famous regions of the Old and New World: Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Tuscany, and the Uco Valley, projects in California and Georgia as well as the Pangea wine (which comes from the wines of five continents and is expected to be the sensation of the year!). To congratulate the winners of the Wine & Food Influencer nomination of the WTA 2021-2022, Vinos de La Luz granted them with the special prize – a bottle of Peñafiel Edition Limitada 2016.


The winners coming from different corners of the world received their bottles of wine either by post or in person. Nataliia Burlachenko, Director International Brand Ambassadors of Vinos de La Luz, has recently returned from her trip to Georgia and Armenia where she had a chance to meet the WTA winners and congratulate them in person.

Sofia Nikabadze, a wine blogger who has been in love with Georgian wine for more than 8 years, got her bottle of Peñafiel Edition Limitada 2016 directly from Nataliia. Sofia was ranked first at the public voting stage in the Brightest Journey category (2439 votes).

Likewise, Sirvard Amatuni, GIZ Advisor for PR and Private Sector Projects in Armenia, received a prize bottle personally on behalf of the Wine consumption study, the winner of the Research of the Year category. Our sincerest congratulations to the first edition’s winners!


Spanish Peñafiel Edition Limitada by Vinos de La Luz (100% Tempranillo) from the Ribera del Duero region has a balanced velvety taste of dark berries with bright tannins and a luxurious long aftertaste. The delicate aroma of spices, notes of leather, berries and vanilla.
Peñafiel Limited Edition 2016 has only 5.327 numbered and certified bottles, that was the population of Peñafiel, the province of Valladolid, Spain, in this second vintage.
Special thanks to the Mayor of Peñafiel, Mr. Roberto Díez González for officially certifying the number of citizens of the City in 2016.
Join the WTA community and get promoted and supported due to the project’s marketing tools (both online and offline) for the period of 2022-2023!

Vinos de La Luz group of companies – sponsor of the ‘Wine & Food Influencers’ nomination for two consecutive years of the project – is the international wine group owned by Dr. Ricardo F. Nunez, which includes wineries in the most famous regions of the Old and New World: Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Tuscany, and […]

WTA and Drinks+ join their forces with Maria Athanasopoulou for the 2022-2023 campaign year

The Wine Travel Awards (WTA) and Drinks+ team is delighted to announce their collaboration with Maria Athanasopoulou and her tourism marketing company Respond On Demand.


Maria Athanasopoulou became part of the WTA Jury Committee for the second season and will contribute her expertise to define the final awards’ winners in April. Needless to say, her profile and professional background are worthy of WTA nomination, so that Maria becomes a nominee in the Author of the Year category, Wine & Food Influencer nomination. B2B Travel & MICE Event organised by Respond on Demand is nominated for the Event of the Year category, Enogastronomic Events nomination.

In the framework of this prospective collaboration, the Drinks+ Communication Media Group, one of the most authoritative international groups in Eastern and Southern Europe, became the information partner of all the B2B Travel & MICE Events headed by Mrs. Maria Athanasopoulou. 

Such an association is quite logical because in the second 2022-2023 edition, the leading project of the D+ group – Wine Travel Awards – is betting precisely on operators of the tourism sector that specialise in food and wine & spirits tourism. We lead by the example that the WTA community helps initiate partnership and collaborations between different actors of wine tourism.

We would like to remind you that from September 1, the WTA have opened early registration and are inviting all tourism operators to participate in this innovative marketing project. Take your chance to benefit from joining the WTA community: https://winetravelawards.com/registration-form 

Maria Athanasopoulou is the founder of the tourism marketing company Respond On Demand. Besides, Maria serves as the chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the World Food Travel Association, and she is also a Master Culinary Travel Professional. She represents Green Destinations as an ambassador. She has given seminars for tourism professionals, as well as many speeches and presentations on tourism in Greece and abroad. Maria is also a Sustainable Tourism marketing expert.

The Wine Travel Awards (WTA) and Drinks+ team is delighted to announce their collaboration with Maria Athanasopoulou and her tourism marketing company Respond On Demand. Maria Athanasopoulou became part of the WTA Jury Committee for the second season and will contribute her expertise to define the final awards’ winners in April. Needless to say, her […]

1000 tourism professionals from 50 countries will gather in Reims

Wine & Spirit Tourism International Trade Fair, which will take place in Champagne in March, became the WTA Exhibition Partner for the 2022-2023 edition.


Sharing the mission of marching wine & spirits with tourism, the Wine & Spirit Tourism International Trade Fair (WST) and the Wine Travel Awards (WTA) start their cooperation for the awards’ second edition. The projects’ common efforts aspire to help different operators of the wine tourism field to build bridges and promote their offers on the international level. 

The specialized Wine & Spirit Tourism International Trade Fair, considered to be the world’s first wine tourism exhibition, will be held on March 12-14, 2023 in Reims, the city of coronations and champagne. The location seems to be perfect as, firstly, it takes place in the amazing historic Champagne region of France, where the method of champagne production was discovered in the Middle Ages and the kings of France were crowned for decades. Secondly, you can get there from Paris by train in less than an hour.  

To meet the needs of tour operators, travel agencies and MICE buyers, WST will present a wide range of international exhibitors specializing in the industry, including the WTA community members. In the framework of the trade fair, the WTA will hold the nominees presentation on Monday, 13 March, from 15:15 to 17:15 (Paris time).

1,000 tourism professionals from approximately 50 countries are expected to attend the exhibition. The organizers emphasize that the main idea of the Wine & Spirit Tourism International Trade Fair is to position the event as an annual meeting place for tourism partners in the wine and spirits sector. WST enlists the support of the Reims Tourist Office (l’Office du Tourisme de Reims) and Hervé Novelli, President of the Supreme Council of Wine Tourism and former Secretary of State for Tourism.

Registration and more detailed information about the Wine & Spirit Tourism International Trade Fair is here

Photo: WST

Wine & Spirit Tourism International Trade Fair, which will take place in Champagne in March, became the WTA Exhibition Partner for the 2022-2023 edition. Sharing the mission of marching wine & spirits with tourism, the Wine & Spirit Tourism International Trade Fair (WST) and the Wine Travel Awards (WTA) start their cooperation for the awards’ […]

WTA Discovery: the concise up-to-date digital format from the Wine Travel Awards team

Inspired after the first successful year of the Wine Travel Awards the first digital edition of WTA Discovery was issued. 


Having wine & spirits professionals and trendsetters from more than 30 different countries in our WTA community and traveling all across Europe with the WTA project, we believe that we have many interesting stories to tell you.

WTA Discovery is strict-to-the-point announcements which was moved into the WTA newsletter. Therefore, in this WTA Discovery digital edition, content related to the project’s updates and deadlines, useful information for business regarding trends, events and personalities in the wine tourism world can be found. The format is easy to scan and lets you explore the subject more by following the link to the material on the official website. 

 

Let’s see the first WTA Discovery in details:

  • The early bird registration until the 1st of December!
  • The formation of the WTA Jury Committee is at the final stage. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we reveal to you some names. 
  • Hit the road to the Jura wine region with a new WTA nominee, Jacky Blisson MW!
  • This is a longread which is worthy of your attention. Robert Joseph, wine business consultant, strategist and public speaker, provides efficient and hands-on cases for businesses in the wine and wine tourism industry. Useful and applicable.

 

 

 

If you have any thoughts to share – we’d love to hear from you!

To subscribe to the WTA discovery go to winetravelawards.com and fill out the form.

Inspired after the first successful year of the Wine Travel Awards the first digital edition of WTA Discovery was issued.  Having wine & spirits professionals and trendsetters from more than 30 different countries in our WTA community and traveling all across Europe with the WTA project, we believe that we have many interesting stories to […]

Wine Travel Awards: early bird registration has started!

Wine Travel Awards have opened their doors for nominees of the second edition 2022-2023. 


Do not miss your chance for the best price offer and opportunity to receive as many bonuses as you can! The advertising campaign starts from November 1, 2022.

Currently, WTA are offering the Early Bird nomination package: 1st category — 380 euros;  2nd category — 285 euros; 3rd category — 190 euros.

To become a WTA nominee fill in the registration form here

WTA have already been appreciated by many prominent personalities (Alder Yarrow, Roberto Cipresso, Nello Gatti, Per Karlsson, etc.) and wine and travel associations of the world, such as Wines of Hungary, Wine of Moldova, Vine and Wine Foundation of Armenia, Austrian Wine, Valpolicella Consortium, Asti DOCG Consortium, etc.

In the first year of the project activity (2021-2022), we successfully presented our community members at the London Wine Fair, Prowein, Vinitaly, Bordeaux Wine Week, IWINETC (Portugal), Italian Taste Summit, Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival, etc. In the second WTA year, we extend our cooperation to the wine & spirits tourism industry by working with the devoted B2B and enogastronomic events (Greece), as well as exhibitions such as Wine & Spirits Tourism International Trade Fair in France.

Joining the WTA as a nominee, each participant receives the advertising campaign of the Wine Travel Awards throughout the year (till November 2023), that includes: 

  • a profile of a nominee on the official website of the awards: www.winetravelawards.com
  • a publication on the website www.drinks.ua (the website has a global reach);
  • publication of a nominee’s profile details in the Wine Travel Awards Guide – the final catalog of nominees, which will be distributed at the world’s leading wine exhibitions and the WTA events. Please check out the WTA Guide 2021-2022 here.
  • informational support on Drinks+ and WTA social media as well as in email newsletters through our own databases of international wine and tourism operators (22,650 addresses).
  • a possibility to be involved in the WTA events during a year.

By participating in the WTA, nominees will receive a chance to create a better global awareness for their business, will be able to attract active tourist flows, win over consumers, and establish a base for networking and cooperation. 

Tourism is an opportunity for wine and wine is an opportunity for tourism!

Wine Travel Awards have opened their doors for nominees of the second edition 2022-2023.  Do not miss your chance for the best price offer and opportunity to receive as many bonuses as you can! The advertising campaign starts from November 1, 2022. Currently, WTA are offering the Early Bird nomination package: 1st category — 380 […]

Wine Travel Awards Guide – ProWein Premier

The Wine Travel Awards Guide 2021-2022 will be presented for the first time at ProWein 2022.


The exclusive PR catalog of the Wine Travel Awards nominees and winners – the Wine Travel Awards Guide 2021-2022 will soon debut on ProWein 2022.

The Wine Travel Awards (WTA) Guide is a special advertising edition in English that is published by Communication Media Group Drinks+ one time a year in print and digital versions, and read by over 150,000 members of the wine community globally.

The printed version of the Wine Travel Awards Guide 2021-2022 will be distributed at the International Trade Press stand at ProWein, located at the North entrance next to halls 7.0 and 9.

The web version of the catalog will be posted on the Digital: online trade press stand – the online platform at prowein.com, a new digital offering from Messe Düsseldorf. This format allows to expand the presence of the Wine Travel Awards Guide among professionals in the alcohol market. The online press stand is available a few days before the exhibition and is open for three months after the end of ProWein 2022.

In addition, the ProWein 2022 visitors will be able to scan the catalog, using the QR-code on Wine Travel Awards posters that will be placed in different areas of the exhibition. Our readers can already see the catalog here.

Wine Travel Awards Guide

Wine enthusiasts and professionals read the WTA Guide for keeping abreast of new trends, established and growing producers and regions, brands, as well as wine tourism offers around the world.

This year’s WTA Guide will also be distributed at the world’s leading WTA exhibitions and events, such as the London Wine Fair, Bordeaux Wine Week and the Balkans International Wine Competition.

We remind you that the WTA winners will be officially announced and awarded at the Wine Travel Awards Ceremony at the London Wine Fair 2022, which will take place at the Industry Briefing Room on June 8, 2022 at 12.30-14.30.

As part of the event, the Drinks + and Wine Travel Awards teams are organizing a walk-around tasting of nominees and WTA partners from around the world, including Ukraine. The wine tasting will be accompanied by the buffet presentation of Ukrainian cuisine from the famous chef, gastronomist and TV presenter Yurii Kovryzhenko.

If you would like to attend the First WTA Ceremony in London, please follow the registration form here.

The Wine Travel Awards Guide 2021-2022 will be presented for the first time at ProWein 2022.

Wine tasting of Wine Travel Awards’ nominees and partners at Bordeaux Wine Week

The Bordeaux Wine Week will take place for the first time in Bordeaux from 16 to 26 June. One of the event locations is the Cité du Vin. As part of this extraordinary wine festival, on June 22, there will be a wine tasting of nominees and partners of the Wine Travel Awards.


La Cité du Vin, where the Bordeaux Wine Week will be held for the first time from 16 to 26 June 2022, is a nominee for and sponsor of the Wine Travel Awards, and most recently the Bordeaux wine museum celebrated 2 million visitors since its opening in 2016.

Bordeaux Wine Week

This year, the Bordeaux Wine Week will bring together several events dedicated to French and foreign wines and spirits. The wine week will feature conferences organized by renowned international speakers, the Bordeaux Fête le Vin held by the Bordeaux Wine Interprofessional Council (CIVB) and the Tourist Information Center (OTCBM), the unique Picasso exhibition, the effervescence of shapes which is open at La Cité du Vin from April 15 to August 28, a series of tastings.

A presentation and a wine tasting of WTA nominees and partners will be held at the Bordeaux Wine Week on June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon, following the First Wine Travel Awards Ceremony on June 8 at the London Wine Fair. The tasting will take place in hall №2. The Bordeaux Wine Week is designed to showcase the great diversity of wine regions, as well as the environmental initiatives used by wineries in France and other parts of the world.

Bordeaux Wine Week

The Wine Travel Awards tasting can be called a unique event in the middle of another unique event, as the geographical diversity of WTA community members is as large as the number of wine regions and events featured by the Bordeaux Wine Week.

The Bordeaux Wine Week will take place for the first time in Bordeaux from 16 to 26 June. One of the event locations is the Cité du Vin. As part of this extraordinary wine festival, on June 22, there will be a wine tasting of nominees and partners of the WTA.

Winners of the WTA 2021-2022 are revealed

Even under the pandemic and war circumstances, the Wine Travel Awards (WTA) proved to be a successful and valuable project in the wine tourism industry. As a result, the organizers gladly announced this year’s winners.


Initially, WTA aimed to help the wine tourism industry find a response to the pandemic due to the promotion of their community members, raising awareness and building bridges between different operators of the industry. However, it also turned out to be a response to the current large-scale war in Ukraine that Russia has been cruelly waging since 24 February – in the middle of the WTA project.

Despite this, we keep meeting our commitments and today will gladly highlight names of the WTA 2021-2022 winners, among which there is even a Ukrainian nominee. Thanks to the efficiency and dedication of the jury, this year’s winners were selected 10 days earlier than it was planned. They all are featured in the WTA Guide – an exclusive PR catalog that is ready to be firstly distributed at ProWein in May, then at the London Wine Fair, the Balkans International Wine Competition and Bordeaux Wine Week in June.

So, here should be a drumroll! And the winners of Wine Travel Awards 2021-2022 are:

1.The Visiting Card of the Country

Chateau Purcari

According to the evaluation of Stéphane Badet, a lecturer at ISVV – Institute of Vine and Wine Science and at EPL Bordeaux, specialist in wine economy, management, marketing and tourism, the winners of the following two categories become:

Must visit – #124 Château Mukhrani (Georgia)

Brand – the visiting card of the country#33 Vinaria Purcari (Moldova)

Judging the next two categories, Saverio Savio, a leader of projects funded by the European Union and aimed at the development of integration processes in the region, awarded a victory to:

Progressive approach – #160 Frank John winery (Germany)

Authentic location – #143 Villa dei Misteri: the wine of Ancient Pompeii (Italy)

Einat Klein, a journalist, photographer, historian, professional traveller, guide to the Middle East and Africa, wine expert and wine producer (Israel), decided in favor of:

Objet d’Art – #164 Museo d’Impresa Mastroberardino Atripalda (Italy)

2.Education in Enotourism

GuideMASTER Wine Tour Guide Program

Executive Editor at Pix, previously Editor-in-Chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, Felicity Carter judged the public voting winners from the second nomination and as a result awarded:

Unique program – #15 “Master Class”, the first sommelier school in Ukraine (Ukraine)

Cultural mission – #136 GuideMASTER Wine Tour Guide Program (Armenia)

3.Enogastronomic Events 

Shumi Winery

Robert Joseph, a British wine expert, consultant, producer, an editorial consultant for Meininger’s Wine Business International, a wine journalist of London Sunday Telegraph, named the next WTA winner:

Magnet of the region – #152 The Shumi Winery (Georgia)

Based on the judgment of Per Karlsson, a co-founder and wine writer of BKWine Magazine and BKWine Wine Tours, one of the world’s leading wine tour operators, among the announced winners there are:

Effective event – #170 London Wine Fair (UK)

Event of the year – #150 Yerevan Wine Days (Armenia)

4.Ambassador 

Vinuri de Comrat

Thanks to the expertise of Olga Bussinello, a private entrepreneur, brand consultant, legal consultant for food and wine companies, the winners of the Ambassador nomination were defined:

Ambassador of the year – #133 Wine Paths (France)

Creative strategy – #97 Vinuri de Comrat (Moldova)

5.Wine & Food Influencer

Alder Yarrow

The winner of the next category was announced by Fiona Morrison, MW, Managing Director of Thienpont Wine, an international wine merchant and négociant who runs three Bordeaux estates:

Author of the year – #34  Alder Yarrow (USA)

Dr. Ricardo Nunez, Head of the international group of companies Vinos de La Luz, which unites wineries in Spain, Italy, Argentina and the United States, awarded:

Research of the year – #159 Wine consumption study (Armenia)

Expert opinion – #38 Alder Yarrow (USA)

On the base of the decision of Philippe Massol, General Director of the unique and pioneering project – La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux, another winner is:

The brightest journey – #83 AdVINEtures (Canada)

6.Wine Guide

Vini Armenian Wine Guide

The category judged by Maximilian Tafel, an enologist by profession, studied International Wine Business at Geisenheim University and the University of Giessen:

Guide of the year – #147 Vini Armenian Wine Guide (Armenia)

Gergely Szolnoki, Professor of Market Research at Geisenheim University and honorary professor of Wine and Beverage Management & Marketing at the University of West Attica, decided on the following winners:

Unique route – #45 Tanisha Townsend (France)

Educational tour of the year – #109 WineStatistics (Romania)

This year’s WTA winners are automatically accepted as nominees in the categories they won for WTA 2022-2023.

The WTA winners will be officially revealed and awarded at the Wine Travel Awards Ceremony which will take place in the “Industry Briefing Room” at the London Wine Fair on June 8th, 2022, at 12.30-14.30. In the framework of the event, the Drinks+ and Wine Travel Awards teams organize a walk-around tasting of wines produced by the WTA nominees and partners from all over the world, including Ukraine.

Also, the Wines of Ukraine stand will be featured with the support of the UK Sommelier Association and in partnership with Ukrsadvinprom and LWF.

Federica Zanghirella, Vice President, Course Director, UK Sommelier Association said: “We will be more than happy to attend the event and promote the Ukrainian producers during these difficult times for the country”.

Even under the pandemic and war circumstances, the Wine Travel Awards (WTA) proved to be a successful and valuable project in the wine tourism industry. As a result, the organizers gladly announced this year’s winners.

We vote for our compatriots and for the victory of Ukraine!

The Wine Travel Awards (WTA) public voting started on March 1 and will last all month long.


Voting for the Wine Travel Awards nominees started on the first day of spring, March 1. But on the eve of the start of a new phase of our awards, founded – if anyone did not know – by Ukrainians, we wondered whether to suspend the wine tourism project or morally continue it at a time when Ukraine is fighting the Russian Nazis. Is all this appropriate when bombs are falling on the heads of civilians and our compatriots are hiding with children in bomb shelters, when men are defending the Fatherland with weapons in their hands, when winemakers pour wine from bottles to fill them with “Bandera smoothie” cocktails… When in our peaceful country children are shot with machine guns…

And we decided – we will not stop. This project was born of a pandemic out of spite: it would seem that tourism is to blame in the days of lockdown. And now, during this terrible war, we have decided that we will continue to form our progressive Wine Travel Awards community.

It is the community, because today Ukraine needs joint action more than ever, it needs support. And the world – and not only the wine, but all reasonable – needs unity. And hope: that the light will overcome darkness.

So, voting for the nominees for the Wine Travel Awards started yesterday – to the detriment of all deaths. Among WTA nominees, there are the star names of wine journalists from Sweden and the USA, Japan and Great Britain, legendary wineries of Argentina and Italy, France and Georgia, Moldova and Germany. Here are the archaeological wineries of Armenia and Italy (Pompeii) along with the latest projects such as the Incubateur Bernard Magrez Start-Up Win. And, of course, our Ukrainian wineries, the SHABO’s wine culture center, wine and food journalists and photographer Arsen Fedosenko, the destination of the Odesa region, Ukrainian events and the Sommelier School “Master Class”

WTA voting

Today, Drinks+ Communication Media Group appeals to other nominees from all over the world, to all wine lovers and wine travelers to vote both for their compatriots and for ours – Ukrainians. Support the nominees of the Wine Travel Awards from Ukraine, who do not have time for awards today, who do not even care about wine today, and the country has officially introduced a dry law. Today they are defending our land with weapons in their hands or hiding from missile strikes with their children.

Because Ukraine is worth it! We will win!

The Wine Travel Awards (WTA) public voting started on March 1 and will last all month long.

Wine Travel Awards judges: all the stars come to us!

The organizing committee of the Wine Travel Awards (WTA), international awards of a new format in the field of wine tourism, with the support of Drinks+ Communication Media Group, is pleased to present a brilliant pool of judges who are to name the winners of the WTA 2021-2022.


The organizers of the Wine Travel Awards managed to attract world-renowned experts, specializing in various aspects of the world of wine and wine tourism, to the project.

Veronika Busel

Veronika Busel, the Wine Travel Awards Managing Partner, commented on the completion of this extremely important stage for the awards: “It is a great honour to work with experts of this level within the framework of the awards. We are grateful to them and are encouraged that all these outstanding industry professionals supported our idea.

And this is really important for the whole community of professionals in the wine and enogastronomic sphere, as well as wine lovers, whom we plan to unite within the framework of the project.

Each member of the jury is our pride; we are grateful to everyone for the trust shown and for the time they are ready to devote to studying the profiles of the nominees because they are entrusted with the honourable task of choosing the winners.”

We are presenting the members of the panel of judges – 11 experts from around the world in the field of enogastronomy and tourism, marketing and journalism, wine business and education.

Felicity Carter

Felicity Carter, Executive Editor, Pix+ Special Projects, an editor, public speaker of international wine events and wine judge, former editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International.

Fiona Morrison

Fiona Morrison, MW, Managing Director of Thienpont Wine, an international wine merchant and négociant and with her husband, Jacques Thienpont, runs their three Bordeaux estates, Le Pin in Pomerol, L’IF in Saint Emilion and L’Hêtre in Castillon.

Ricardo Nunez

Dr. Ricardo Nunez, Head of the international group of companies Vinos de La Luz, which unites wineries in Spain, Italy, Argentina and the United States. He was born in Argentina. As a grandson and son of winemakers, he grew up in the vineyards of the Andean Cordilleras and explored every corner of the Uco Valley. Dr. Nunez is an investor participating in the development of the wine-growing market of Ukraine, also thanks to his new company Wine Gallery. Mr. Nunez currently plans the production of his own products on the territory of Ukraine.

Philippe Massol

Philippe Massol, General Director of the unique and pioneering project – La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux. He was at the origins of the creation of the museum of the same name in Bordeaux. He got marketing education and a diploma from the University of Poitiers. He has extensive experience in the consulting business, as well as in the development of tourist destinations.

Olga Bussinello

Olga Bussinello, a private entrepreneur, brand consultant, legal consultant for food and wine companies. For ten years, she worked as a Director of the Consorzio per la Tutela Vini Valpolicella (Italy). She holds a law degree. Ms. Bussinello dealt with economic issues in several sectors, in particular in the food industry.

Einat Klein

Einat Klein, a journalist, photographer, historian, professional traveller, guide to the Middle East and Africa, wine expert and wine producer (Israel). She studied the Middle East at Bar-Ilan University. Founder of Travel Lab Ethiopia. Owner and founder of Vino & Co, a company that organizes regular educational tastings.

Gergely Szolnoki

Gergely Szolnoki, Professor of Market Research at Geisenheim University (Germany) and honorary professor of Wine and Beverage Management & Marketing at the University of West Attica (Athens/Greece). His research fields cover consumer behaviour, communication and social media, organic wines, market analysis and wine tourism. In addition to his scientific activities, Gergely is a delegated expert in the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in the fields of wine economics and statistics.

Per Karlsson

Per Karlsson, a co-founder and wine writer of BKWine Magazine, one of the world’s leading wine tour operators, a co-author of eleven wine books (including “Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking: Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture”), an internationally awarded, professional wine and travel photographer.

Saverio Savio

Saverio Savio, a leader of projects funded by the European Union and aimed at the development of integration processes in the region. In particular, for three years, he headed a team of specialists who supported the Development of a Geographical Indications system in Ukraine. Currently, he is a leader of the project group working on the termination of the use of the name “cognac” for products originating in Armenia and the development of a new name of brandy in Armenia.

Stéphane Badet

Stéphane Badet, a lecturer at ISVV – Institute of Vine and Wine Science at the University of Bordeaux, one of the world’s leading educational institutions, as well as a lecturer at such a prestigious university as EPL Bordeaux. He specializes in wine economy, industry management, business, marketing and tourism for many years, has extensive experience as an expert and consultant in various cooperation and sustainable development programs in the field of winemaking around the world, together with Interco NA, FAO, Ministry of Agriculture and Food of France, French and German embassies.

Maximilian Tafel

Maximilian Tafel, an enologist by profession, studied International Wine Business at Geisenheim University and the University of Giessen. Having gained practical experience in the wine industry, he wrote his dissertation on tourism in the wine-growing regions of Germany. He currently works for the AMBITO project which aims to strengthen biodiversity in the wine-growing regions of Germany.

In April 2022, this team of professionals will select the winners of the first Wine Travel Awards.

“We are convinced,” says Veronika Busel, “that the developed format is a new word for the entire industry, and it will contribute to the development of wine and wine tourism in particular, and the development of regions in general. The main goal of the Wine Travel Awards is to overcome the COVID-19 crisis by interacting with new progressive representatives of the industry, uniting the community, providing additional tools and opportunities for business development and promoting the digitalization of wine tourism.

And such a stellar pool of judges is another proof of the interest of the world wine community in this project.

The largest professional exhibitions in the world have shown interest, becoming platforms for the presentation of the awards: Prowein (Germany), London Wine Fair (Great Britain), Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris (France), Vinitaly (Italy), Alimentaria (Spain), as well as a number of regional organizations specializing in wine tourism. The names of our partners and sponsors – everyone who supported us and who is still planning to do so, you can find at all offline events that will take place starting from November – during the period when the awards officially start, and the registration of nominees begins. You can also follow the course of events on our website winetravelawards.com. Join the Wine Travel Awards – an international wine tourism community created to bring travel back into our lives and brighten the world of wine. Let’s do it together!”

Wine Travel Awards

The Wine Travel Awards 2021-2022 Calendar (November 2021 – November 2022):

  • September 2021 – October 2021 – Start of the WTA promotional campaign. Formation of an international panel of judges.
  • September 2021 – February 2022 – Registration of nominees (don’t miss your chance!).
  • November 2021 – the launch of the www.winetravelawards.com website, the beginning of the announcement of the nominees for the awards on the sites winetravelawards.com and drinks.ua, in the Drinks+ magazine, as well as on the resources of the information partners of the awards.
  • November 2021 – May 2022 – a large-scale international advertising campaign: events will be held in different countries, including presentations at professional exhibitions, drawing attention to the WTA nominees. Events will be actively covered on all the resources of the Drinks+ Media Group, as well as on the websites of sponsors and partners.
  • February-March 2022 – public voting on winetravelawards.com
  • March-April 2022 – processing of voting results by a professional jury and determination of the winners.
  • March 2022 – Release of the Wine Travel Awards guide which will be distributed at the exhibitions and events around the world.
  • May 2022 – the awards ceremony of the Wine Travel Awards 2021-2022 (Italy).
  • May-November 2022 – placement of winners and sponsors of the Wine Travel Awards on the information resources of Drinks+ Media Group and its partner media.

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The organizing committee of the Wine Travel Awards (WTA), international awards of a new format in the field of wine tourism, with the support of Drinks+ Communication Media Group, is pleased to present a brilliant pool of judges who are to name the winners of the WTA 2021-2022.

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