— BDWA and Vinventions join forces to create innovative categories and awards to reward content creators pushing the frontiers of communication —
Porto, PORTUGAL / Thimister, BELGIUM (October 4, 2018) — Since 2011, the Born Digital Wine Awards have been showcasing quality content produced online around the world in a variety of different languages, recognizing an international collection of wine-focused journalism and media production and creating an equal playing board for wine communications. Now in its seventh year, the Born Digital Wine Awards is partnering with Vinventions, the most comprehensive provider of wine closure solutions which protects one in every seven bottles worldwide. Together, the partners are working to advance the Awards, elevating the level of innovation and originality through the creation of new prizes and categories that celebrate the importance of wine in a broader context.
The Awards will begin accepting entries on December 1, 2018, through the end of the year and welcome nominees from around the globe. The submissions can be entered in one of five categories:
- Best Editorial Content: An opportunity for writers to show what they have to say about any angle of the wine business with high-quality, well-written text.
- Best Tourism Content with a Wine Focus: A chance for writers and video producers to show how wine fits into an area’s larger context by exploring the history or cultural aspects of a specific winemaking region. Wine and Food Content: A new category highlighting content that places wine with its rightful partner through text or video.
- Best Interview: A new category where storytellers can share honest, interesting and entertaining interviews dedicated to the art of letting someone else tell their story through text, video or podcasts, a new medium for this edition of the BDWA awards.
- Best Visual Storytelling: The most complex category, and a development to the previous installments of this category, entrants for this prize can send up to five (5) related images (including social media, photo and infographics) that tell the story of any aspect of the wine world. In addition, as a reflection of the importance of the many environmental issues in today’s world and their continuing impact on the wine industry, the special Sustainability Award will be granted to the content, across all categories and mediums, which focuses on the work that individuals or businesses are doing to create a more sustainable industry.
As a final award, content creators, businesses and personalities challenging the status quo in the wine business may also apply to the Innovation Award. Vinventions, an industry pioneer in closure technology and wine quality innovation, will grant the Innovation Award to those who look to disrupt the norm, foster positive change and help propel the wine industry forward.
The Awards will be open for the month of December and eligible materials produced and published online between June 1, 2017 and November 30, 2018 will be accepted in six languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and German. Category prizes and supplemental awards will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts, influencers and communicators, including last year’s winners, with shortlists announced in March – April 2019. Winners will receive financial prizes as well as special gifts from the BDWA partners.
About BORN DIGITAL WINE AWARDS:
The Born Digital Wine Awards (BDWA) were created in 2011 as a competition to support and encourage outstanding online content created about wine. The Awards are dedicated to rewarding high-quality online material including articles, photos and videos. It is supported by a complex and flexible judging system which ensures complete objectivity and a panel of judges which includes a number of high-profile journalists and experts in their field. In 2018, Vinventions became the primary sponsor to the Awards, recognizing the importance of rewarding content creators who contribute to the forward progress of the wine industry by pushing the frontiers of communications.
Vinventions was created in 2015 by family entrepreneur Marc Noël together with Bespoke Capital Partners, Heino Freudenberg and additional partners. Vinventions’ vision is to be the most innovative and most trusted global supplier of Complete Wine Closure Solutions to the still and sparkling wine industry. Since January 2015, Vinventions has acquired Nomacorc, Ohlinger Group and Syntek Bouchage and has created strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as Cork Supply (natural cork) and Alplast S.r.l. (screwcaps). This led to the creation of Vinventions’
Complete Wine Closure Solutions, which encompass Nomacorc (PlantCorcs), Syntek (synthetics), Ohlinger (natural corks), Vintop and Alplast (screwcaps), as well as Wine Quality Solutions (oenological tools and services) and Wine Marketing Solutions (marketing services and wine consumer insights). Today, Vinventions employs over 550 associates globally and operates seven production sites in USA, Belgium, Germany, France, Argentina, South Africa and China. Including Alplast wine closures, Vinventions protects every seventh bottle of wine worldwide with its closure solutions, making it the second largest wine closure supplier worldwide with strong organic sales growth in 2017. The leadership values of Vinventions are based on customer proximity, innovation, local entrepreneurship, open teamwork, sustainability and long-term responsibility. Find out more at www.vinventions.com.