Winners of the new Vinexposium V d’Or Business Awards were announced in Paris on Sunday February 11, with two UK businesses snapping up awards.
Held ahead of the opening of Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2024, the first-ever V d’Or awards ceremony saw the UK’s Mallard Point vineyard and distillery win the award for the Best Eco-Friendly Market Launch. The producer was praised for its use of aluminium packaging and its efforts to reuse rather than recycle.
Best Heritage Initiative was awarded to The Old Vine Registry by The Old Vine Conference, a UK/US project founded by Jancis Robinson which was described as having “tremendous value”. Robinson also received a lifetime achievement award.
Elsewhere, the Best New Business Solution award went to France’s Tastee by Winespace, while Creation Wines in South Africa won Best Brand Experience. Best Joint Initiative was awarded to the Wines of Alentejo Sustainability Program by WWF Portugal and Wines of Alentejo.
The judges also awarded Coups de Coeur accolades to two smaller projects: Vigno (Chile) and RedWine by Avipe (Portugal).
Vinexposium CEO, Rodolphe Lameyse said: “The V d’Or awards are a solid expression of our commitment to a sustainable and responsible wine industry, a symbol of excellence and of the preservation of our terroir for future generations.”
Michel Chapoutier, chairman of the V d’Or Committee, added: “The wine world is full of strong personalities who express themselves constantly through ambitious initiatives and projects. We have designed the V d’Or awards to reward their energy and enthusiasm.”