The Golden Vines aims to become the definitive international award recognizing and celebrating excellence in the fine wine industry. The ‘Oscars of Fine Wine.’ The awards ceremony is also designed to raise funds for diversity and inclusion-related wine education and scholarship programs.
London-based Liquid Icons surveyed nearly 450 leading fine wine professionals in 55 countries worldwide as part of this year’s Gerard Basset Global Fine Wine Report to determine the winners of these prestigious awards. Those who voted included 57 Masters of Wine, 31 Master Sommeliers, 140 DipWSET, and 77 Advanced Sommeliers.
The winner was announced at the inaugural Golden Vines Awards Ceremony on October 7th, 2021 in London at Annabel’s. The award was received by Ridge Vineyards’ President, David Amadia.
“The 2021 vintage marks our 60th vintage at Ridge. At Monte Bello, we recognized early on we had a vineyard capable of producing world-class wines. For Paul Draper, it was not enough to sell our wines locally. He believed that the quality of our wines was as good or better than the top wines from Bordeaux and other long established fine wine regions. He wanted our wines to compete with the top wines of the world in the top wine markets of the world: London, Paris, Hong Kong, and beyond. Today top restaurants and wine shops in 50 nations feature Ridge.”-David Amadia, President