Wine Communicators Australia (WCA) has revealed the winners of its annual Wine Communicator Awards this week, including the Best Wine Website or App, Best Wine Publication and Wine Communicator of the Year.

This year, the Wine Communicator of the Year was awarded to respected wine writer Max Allen. Allen is a wine and drinks columnist for the Australian Financial Review, who the WCA described as, “an individual who has always been ahead of his time as a drinks communicator and who has often provided a fresh and fearless take on the Australian wine industry”.

Online B2B beverage trading platform, eBev, was named as the Best Wine Website or App, with CEO Ian Harris, saying: “In such a strong field, we are thrilled to be nominated let alone win these awards. Winning the Best Wine Website at the 2018 Wine Communicators of the Year Awards is wonderful recognition for all the hard work our team, founders and shareholders have put into and into connecting the wholesale beverage community.

“We are proud to be aligned with Wine Communicators of Australia and a huge congratulations to all the winners and finalists.”

The Wine Communicator of the Year is selected by the Board of Wine Communicators of Australia from the category winners, who this year are:

  • Best Wine Public Relations Campaign (individual or team): Taylors Wines
  • Best Wine Publication (consumer): Gourmet Traveller WINE
  • Best Wine Publication (technical & trade): Wine Australia RD&E News
  • Best Wine Book (consumer, technical & trade): Hunter Wine – a history (Julie McIntyre & John Germov)
  • Best Wine Website or App: eBev
  • Best Digital Wine Communicator: Dan Sims (REVEL Global)
  • Best Published Feature Articles or Wine Column: Max Allen
  • Best Wine Educator: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Best New Wine Writer: Kristy Petrides – The Greek Sparkling You Need to Know About

“The events that unfolded at [the] WCA Wine Communicator of the Year Awards ceremony were phenomenal. I’d like to send my greatest congratulations to all the respective nominees and winners of the night, all of whom act to spread the word both nationally and globally of the Australian wine industry.”  said WCA Chair Angus Barnes.

“The awards presented on the night have specifically been created to acknowledge outstanding wine communication in all its forms. They recognise and reward individuals who lead by example and demonstrate a high level of respect for the wine industry and its ever-growing consumers.”

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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