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WINnovation Awards

WINnovationAwardsWINnovation Awards were created by Wine Industry Network (WIN) to recognize the most innovative industry suppliers and service professionals, with the goal of celebrating the spirit of creativity and leadership. These awards honor companies that have developed ground-breaking products or practices and have made positive contributions toward the advancement of the North American wine industry.

“Here at WIN, we have the privilege of seeing the newest products and services on a regular basis, and I’m continually impressed by the level of innovation,” said George Christie, Wine Industry Network President. “In many cases, industry suppliers are the change agents that help winery and vineyard operations impact quality or improve efficiencies. The WINnovation Awards are a way for us to acknowledge the efforts of these suppliers and their contribution to the wine industry.”

The WINnovation Awards program was introduced in 2013 and each year’s winners are announced in November. See all the previous winners below.

2024 WINnovation Award nominations will open in September

2023 WINnovation Award Winners

Announcement: Wine Industry Network (WIN) Recognizes 5 Companies with WINnovation Awards for Excellence in Wine Industry Innovation

2023 WINnovation Award winners at the WIN Expo

2022 WINnovation Award Winners

Announcement: Winners of 10th Annual Wine Industry Innovations Awards Announced

2021 WINnovation Award Winners

Announcement: Five Companies Receive 2021 WINnovation Awards for Wine Industry Innovations

2020 WINnovation Award Winners

Announcement: Five Award Winning Innovations That Advance Winemaking and Wine Business

2019 WINnovation Award Winners

Announcement: Five Award Winning Innovations for the Wine Industry

2018 Awards reception at Double Tree, Rohnert Park, CA

2018 WINnovation Award Winners

Announcement: Five Wine Businesses Recognized for Their Innovative Advances for the Wine Industry

George Christie (Wine Industry Network), Paul Mabray (Emetry), Steve Glamuzina (Prosurix), Bryan Tudhope (VA Filtration)

2017 WINnovation Award Winners

Announcement: Ingenuity and Technology Making Advances for the Wine Industry

George Christie (Wine Industry Network), Adrian Ferrero (Biome Makers), Gilles Deschamps (Amos Industrie), Cheryl Durzy (Liberation Distribution), Francois Margot (Vivelys USA), Kim Badenfort (Wine Industry Advisor)

2016 WINnovation Award Winners

Announcement: Five Wine Industry Innovators Honored with 2016 WINnovation Awards

2015 WINnovation Award Winners

Announcement: Awards Recognize Importance of Wine Industry Innovators

  • BlueMorphUV LLC
  • Fruition Sciences Inc
  • G3 Enterprises – Zipz Single Serve Package
  • Nomacorc – NomaSense PolyScan B200
  • Vintage 99 Label – iQdio

2014 WINnovation Award Winners

2013 WINnovation Award Winners

  • Amcor Flexibles Capsules: New controlled oxygen-transfer-rate liners for Stelvin aluminum screw caps.
  • Cascade Corporation: Cave- and narrow-aisle-friendly wine barrel attachment for lift trucks.
  • CI Solutions: Designed custom gift and membership cards for the wine industry to better reward loyal customers.
  • Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank: The commercial real estate brokerage formed a Wine Services Group in 2011 and offers services such as site selection, strategic planning, financial analysis, lease negotiations, valuations, storage analysis, succession planning, production analysis, energy and utility audits, location optimization studies.
  • Enartis Vinquiry: Three decades of wine lab analysis, the latest being proposed alternatives to allergenic wine fining agents.
  • Loos Family Winery: Technological advancements to boutique wine production, including “methods and apparatus for cap management and mitigation of selected undesirable matter during fermentation.”
  • Maverick Enterprises: New tools for marketing on bottle capsules.
  • On-Target Spray Systems: Patented vineyard-management spray nozzle that uses static charge to accurately spray.
  • Shur Farms Frost Protection: Led analysis of how frost forms in a vineyard and developed the Cold Air Drain device to help control frosty air.
  • VinoPro: Developed high-tech solutions for direct-to-consumer marketing and sales. As a sales agent and marketing partner for large and prominent wine companies, the company now sells $12 million in wine a year.