The Wine Travel Awards nominee can be a subject / object from anywhere in the world that meets the category profile. Nomination takes place in six nominations, each of which has its own set of categories. You can choose one or several nominations at once and any of the categories listed below – and apply for self-nomination or nominate other companies or personalities, having agreed with them in advance.
In case of choosing several nominations, the most loyal conditions are provided by our financial policy (see clause 5).
Nomination: 1. The visiting card of the country
Destinations, wineries, national brands, establishments with a wine program: hotels, local food restaurants, bars, museums of wines and specialties, tasting rooms
Category: Must visit
Category profile: Individual objects or destinations located on tourist routes, and which are the enogastronomic attractions of the region can be nominated for this category. Drinks and food presented by the nominee have a high level of quality confirmed by reputable competitions and experts. And the object itself has an active marketing policy and is visited by many domestic and foreign tourists.
Category: Brand – the visiting card of the country
Category profile: Brands (beverages and food) produced in the country of origin from 100% local raw materials can be nominated for this category. Brands are distinguished by a high level of quality confirmed by reputable competitions and experts, active marketing strategy, national and international distribution, presentable design that attracts tourists and enables the brand to act as a souvenir.
Category: Progressive Approach (sustainable development, organic methods, and resource-saving technologies)
Category profile: Entities that have actual evidence of compliance with international principles of sustainable development, environmental friendliness and other features of progressive approaches can be nominated for this category.
Category: Region of the Year
Category profile: Programs and strategies of consortia for the protection of wines and territories, roads of wine and local products, wine offices of different countries – any organizations or individual objects aiming at the development of tourism in their region, attracting tourist flows to specific territories and conducting active marketing can be nominated for this category.
Category: Art & History Object
Category profile: Facilities that have a status of an art object can be nominated for this category, or facilities that can confirm the fact that their architecture belongs to a sample of art or history (facility with its own history, reviving indigenous varieties and specialties, traditional technologies), or they have an original design, or an appropriate format of activity – a cultural and art center, a gallery, etc.
Nomination: 2. Ambassador
Ambassadors: persons representing wines, regions, enogastronomic routes, brands; associations, consortia, national wine bureaus, tourist offices, and tour operators
Category: Ambassador of the Year
Category profile: Entities who have the status of an ambassador of wine / a region / a road of wine and taste or who may confirm the fact of belonging to the enogastronomic association whose interests they represent can be nominated for this category. As well as those who have more than one year of experience as a promoter of a wine region, an association, a brand or certain types of wines. This activity can be confirmed both by an official source and by publications in the media, recommendations of officials, etc.
Category: Creative Strategy
Category profile: Entities who have the status of an ambassador of wine / a region / a road of wine and taste can be nominated for this category or who may confirm the fact of belonging to the enogastronomic association whose interests they represent, and whose activities are characterized by a special creative approach, creative solutions, original views.
Nomination: 3. Wine & Food Influencer
Journalists, professional media, bloggers, photographers, and videographers
Category: Author of the Year
Category profile: Authors of literary works (a guidebook, a reference book, etc.) or a series of publications in any mass media (including non-periodicals) on enogastronomic topics can be nominated for this category. Their publications should have been published during the year before the current year of the award and had outstanding publicity and promoted relevant destinations, locations, wine, and other products of the region in terms of tourist attractiveness.
Category: Expert Opinion
Category profile: Authors whose publications demonstrate in-depth knowledge in the field of enogastronomy and / or the peculiarities of a region can be nominated for this category. Publications should have an outstanding publicity and promote a competent opinion and reliable information about destinations, locations, wines, and other products of a region in terms of tourist attractiveness.
Category: The Brightest Journey
Category profile: Authors whose creative work includes a report (a video, an article) from an enogastronomic tour or a report from a trip to an interesting region, a specific object of the wine road, etc. can be nominated for this category.
Nomination: 4. Education in enotourism
Wine museums, wine institutes, tasting rooms, including those located on the premises of the wineries, academies of enogastronomy, wine schools participating in tourist projects, organizers of tours to exhibitions, etc.
Category: Unique Program (educational or of enogastronomic tours)
Category profile: Entities with original educational or excursion programs, special tastings and tours can be nominated for this category.
Category: Cultural Mission
Category profile: The category aims to identify educational institutions and programs with a special cultural mission (revival of traditions, promotion of advanced technologies, etc.).
Nomination: 5. Wine guide
Guides, guides-representors of wine regions, tour operators, etc.
Category: Top Guide
Category profile: Entities with three years of professional experience, outstanding professional achievements, expertise in the field of enogastronomy can be nominated for this category. Besides, socially significant excursion programs and tours implemented during the year before the current year of the award (2020-November 2021) can be nominated as well.
Category: Travel Operator of the Year
Category profile: Guides or travel companies that have independently developed enogastronomic tours along a unique route in their portfolio can be nominated for this category. The preference will be given to tours that attract the attention of external and domestic tourists to the region, where the “Unique Route” is laid, and promote unique people, places, varieties, and products.
Nomination: 6. Enogastronomic events
Festivals, Wine Days and Local Products Days, exhibitions, promotion programs
Category: Event of the Year
Category profile: The category aims to identify important events (Days of wines, local products, festivals, gastronomic summits, online symposia), which took place during the year before the current year of the award (2020-November 2021). Preference is given to special events that are relevant to the topic and are distinguished by the original format and exposition, the audience.
Category: Magnet of the Region
Category profile: The category helps to support the organizers of professional events (enogastronomic festivals, exhibitions, tastings, and auctions) aimed at promoting local and international producers of craft drinks and local specialties. Preference is given to attractive events that draw the attention of tourist communities to wines, spirits, beer, and other products of the region where the event is held.