Wine Communicator

The IWSC Wine Communicator trophy, sponsored by Vinitaly, recognises an individual who is making an exceptional contribution towards publicising wine to a consumer audience.

Entries are welcomed from across the worlds of publishing, journalism, broadcasting and education, and are judged by a panel of experts.

The winner of the 2022 Wine Communicator award, Sarah Heller MW, was announced as part of the virtual awards ceremony in November. Discover more here.

Each year, the IWSC looks forward to working closely with the winner of the Wine Communicator trophy, including the production of features in the IWSC’s sister publication, Club Oenologique.

Previous winners include Elaine Chukan BrownMadeline Puckette, Tom Cannavan, Joe Fattorini, Joe Wadsack, Tyson Stelzer, Jane Parkinson and Jancis Robinson MW.

Entries for 2023 are now open!

Entry criteria

The widely regarded accolade is open to entrants from all over the globe, across the worlds of publishing, journalism, social media, broadcasting and education, and is judged by a panel of communication experts, including previous winners of this accolade, as well as a member of the IWSC team and a representative from Vinitaly.

Entry is free of charge. The deadline for entry is 19 August.

Honoring excellence in effective, and meaningful communication across multi-channels, the Wine Communicator will have spent many years of their professional lives dedicated to communication across:

  • Publishing (books, reviews, biographies and/or autobiographies)
  • Journalism (specialist press, special feature collections, newspaper, magazine and/or digest articles)
  • Broadcasting, radio, television and film (writing, presenting, producing and/or directing)
  • Online (social media, blogging and/or website)
  • Wine consumer education

Candidates must be/have been:

  • Actively involved in communications in the wine industry and across different channels
  • Recognised as a role model for trade and/or consumer
  • Demonstrate ethics and professionalism in communication
  • Recognised as an advocate in the wine industry
  • Earned a reputation as being highly credible with a variety of audiences.

The award will be based on the achievement in the past 12 months, between the period of July 2021 – June 2022.

About Vinitaly

Vinitaly has supported wine industry producers since 1967, making an active contribution to the growth of the wine system by creating business opportunities in Italy and around the world, as well as promoting occasions for networking between wine-makers and sector professionals.

Vinitaly promotes wine culture 365 days a year through qualified training courses as well as events across the globe. It’s biggest annual event is hosted each April in Verona City and comprises 400 events over 4 days, including theme-based pavilions, B2B meetings, guided tastings, walk-around tastings, focus analysis of the main markets, conferences and gala dinners.

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