The winners of the 2016 Born Digital Wine Awards, brought to you by Wine in Moderation (#BDWAbyWIM) are announced today during an online ceremony at 19.00 GMT.
The winners are:
Best Investigative / Journalistic Wine Story
Winner: W. Blake Gray Where Do Supermarket Wines Come From?
2nd place: Gaia Pianigiani They Feast on the Vines of Chianti, the Swine
3rd place: Alder Yarrow NIMBY in Napa
Best Editorial / Opinion Wine Writing
Winner: Felicity Carter In praise of wine wankers
2nd place: Richard Hemming MW Carcavelos: The Forgotten Fortified
3rd place: Wink Lorch Don't Supersize My Wine Glass
Best Tourism Content with a Focus on Wine
Winner: Amanda Barnes A guide to Ica: Dipping into Peru's wine lands
2nd place: Giampiero Nadali La Valle dei Palmenti
3rd place: Dániel Ercsey Naoussa - On the trail of Alexander the Great and Xinomavro
Best Wine Video
Winner: Françoise Roure (BIVB) Les Climats de Chablis vus du ciel
2nd place: Dina Mande The Oak Cooperage
3rd place: Susana De Alonso Cuenllas Con la Guia Peñin
Best Wine Photo
Winner: Colin Hampden-White Didier Depond
2nd place: Árpád Pintér Mézes-mály vineyard (Work in Progress)
3rd place: Alexandre Rotenberg Vineyards in Barbaresco, Italy
Winner: Wink Lorch Don't Supersize My Wine Glass
The awards, now in their fourth edition, were relaunched in 2015 with the support of the Wine in Moderation – Art de Vivre programme in order to highlight the best content about wine being published online today.
This year saw a 20% increase in the number of entries, and the shortlist was drawn from 267 submissions from 22 countries, with numerous entries not just from the USA and UK, but Italy, Spain, Brazil and Australia, but also including posts, photos and videos for international audiences coming from Hungary, India, Turkey and Finland.
In addition to these categories, Wine in Moderation - Art de Vivre will be recognising the entry that best demonstrates the awards’ message of Responsibility & Moderation with the 2016 ‘Responsibility Award’.
In all, 92 entries went forward to the final stage, where the judges scored each of them on multiple criteria in order to create a representative list of the best entries which will act as a reference for other creators, and from which the winners will be selected.
Winners will receive cash prizes of €500 for first, €250 for second, and €100 for third place.
Awards co-founder Robert McIntosh said: “We were so impressed with the quality of the entries this year – judging certainly hasn’t been easy! But most importantly, the spirit of the awards has been truly reflected in the record number of entries we received from a wide range of countries. We have always wanted these awards to be about bringing people together, across borders, through wine and we feel that, despite the uncertain climate, we have achieved this.”
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