WINnovation 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 is part of the North Bay Business Journal’s annual Wine + Spirits + Beer Industry Awards (formerly Wine Industry Awards).
2018 WINnovation Award Winners
- BevStrat: A Pathway to Success in the Three-Tier System for Small and Medium Brands
- DIAM Bouchage: A Closure for Wines Committed to Quality and Sustainability
- Emetry: Consumer Behavior Data Now Accessible for Efficient Wine Marketing
- Prosurix: A Combined Authentication and Marketing Solution for Wine and Spirits
- VA Filtration: One Man’s Idea Becomes Leading Filtration and Remediation Solution for Wine Industry
George Christie (Wine Industry Network), Paul Mabray (Emetry), Steve Glamuzina (Prosurix), Bryan Tudhope (VA Filtration)
2017 WINnovation Award Winners
- Amos Industrie: A Qualitative Sort That Looks Deeper Than Grape Skins
- Biome Makers: First Bio-Map of Wine Regions Enhance Understanding of Unique and Genuine Wines
- Liberation Distribution: New Company Rapidly Changing How 3-Tier Alcohol Distribution Happens
- Tule Technologies: Visionaries in Wine Grape Irrigation Forecasting Earn WINnovation Award
- Vivelys USA: Innovative Thinking Yields a Third Way for White-Winemaking
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
- Cork Supply: James Herwatt, CEO Cork Supply: Sustainability and Cost of TCA-Free Cork Key in Competitive Closure Market
- eProvenance: Sophisticated Monitoring System Can Detect Temperature Damage to Wine in Transit
- Falcon Crop Protection: A Scary Invention
- Free Flow Wines: Free Flow Wines Sparkles with Innovation on Tap and Beyond the Keg
- O-I Packaging Solutions and Amorim Cork: Helix Closure Combines Tradition with Convenience for a Satisfying “Pop”
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
- Biofiltro USA: Wastewater treatment system
- G3 Enterprises: G-Ink
- Nomacorc: Bio Select
- Øeno Vaults: FLUX
- Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute: Wine Business Education
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.