The Vintners' Company Awards
Free to enter, the awards are about nurturing and helping to develop the enterprising individuals and companies who are bringing change, diversity and innovation to the wine industry.
THE AWARDS TIMELINE
WINE AWARDS LAUNCH10/01/2020
The Vintners’ Company Awards will be announced at the annual ‘Wine Trade Lunch in aid of The Benevolent’ to be held at Vintners’ Hall on Friday 10 January 2020.
The lunch is open to members of the public, in particular, those associated with the wine industry.
AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRY18/05/2020
Entry for all awards will formally open on Monday 18 May 2020.
Online application forms will become live via this site.
Applicants are encouraged to adhere to the criteria for entry and submit their entries in good time before the closing date.
AWARDS CLOSE FOR ENTRY02/10/2020
Entry for all awards will close on Friday 2 October 2020.
Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS15/01/2021
Following the closing date in October, the judging panel will mark all applications and the award winners will be contacted in December.
Winners will be invited to receive their award at the ‘Wine Trade Lunch in aid of The Benevolent’ at Vintners’ Hall in January 2021.
THE AWARD CATEGORIES
The awards are divided into two separate categories:
- Vintners’ Bursaries & Apprenticeships
- Vintners’ Awards
Vintners' Bursaries & Apprenticeships
These awards support members of the wine trade with bursaries and apprenticeships in order to further their knowledge and commitment, and to encourage the development of their own areas of interest.
The awards are:
- THE VINTNERS’ GEOFFREY ROBERTS AWARD – this is an £8,000 bursary awarded every two years for an individual to implement a strong idea championing new world or emerging wine regions
- THE VINTNERS’ UK WINE APPRENTICE AWARD – this apprenticeship is an invaluable 12 month placement in a UK winery where the winner will learn about every aspect of winemaking
- THE VINTNERS’ DAVIES LANGTON AWARD – this is a series of up to three awards totalling £3,000 aimed at furthering wine education
This is a bursary awarded every two years for an individual to implement a strong idea championing new world or emerging wine regions. The winner will receive £8,000 to do something practical in the promotion and development of new world or emerging wine regions.
This apprenticeship is for aspiring winemakers under the age of 25 currently working within the wine trade. It is an invaluable 12 month placement where the winner will learn about every aspect of wine making. The winner will also be able to study for the WSET level 3 qualification.
A total award of £3,000 allowing for up to 3 winners with grants of £1,000 each. This award is aimed at furthering wine education by supporting young members of the trade, or those looking to enter the trade, under the age of 35 in work experience or wine travel to help further their knowledge and career.
These awards recognise the next generation of talent within the UK wine industry and are designed to celebrate the individuals and companies who have demonstrated commitment, innovation and leadership.
Awards marked * are nominated awards and cannot be entered directly.
The awards will be:
- THE VINTNERS’ WINE CHAMPION AWARD* – a nominated award that will go to someone outside the wine industry who has championed wine in the past year
- THE VINTNERS’ UK WINE AWARD* – celebrating a person (or company) who has championed the development of English wine in this market and overseas
- THE VINTNERS’ BEST PRACTICE AWARD – this award celebrates companies that demonstrate best practice in one (or more) of four key business areas: recruitment & diversity, training, sustainability & stewardship and innovation
- THE VINTNERS’ BENEVOLENT FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR AWARD* – this award will be awarded by The Benevolent and will go to the person or company who has either raised the most money or undertaken the biggest or most unusual challenge to raise money for The Benevolent
- THE VINTNERS’ OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON AWARD – this award recognises and celebrates the next generation of talent
Entry for all awards will formally open on Monday 18 May 2020 and application will be online via this site.
Judges will score each submission based on its criteria so make sure that you address each element fully.
Entries can be accompanied with supplementary material in the form of web links, press cuttings, video (up to one minute), photographs etc but we do ask that this is submitted electronically as it will not be returned.
All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.
* A nominated award for a person outside the wine industry who has championed wine in the past year.
* A nominated award celebrating a person (or company) who has championed the development of English wine in this market and overseas.
This award celebrates companies that demonstrate best practice in one (or more) of three key business areas:
* A nominated award decided by The Benevolent and awarded to a person (or company) who has either raised the most money or undertaken the biggest or most unusual challenge to raise money for The Benevolent.
These awards recognise and celebrate the next generation of talent. Winners will be under the age of 35 and will be excelling in their field (wine making, wine growing, educating, buying, marketing, communicating, retailing, on trade, front of house etc.) by demonstrating innovation, leadership and delivery of results. This award can be entered directly or can be nominated by an employer, mentor etc