An award celebrating innovation during the vintage
For the third year, the Vintage Report is partnering with Bank of the West’s Premium Wine Group to present the Vintage Report Innovation Award. This prestigious award will recognize the most groundbreaking method, practice or sustainable approach used during the 2015 vintage.
The most challenging part of making an exceptional wine takes place in the vineyard. To adapt to shifting weather and water patterns, as well as the evolving palates and priorities of today’s consumers, winemakers increasingly turn to creative experiments and new, sustainable approaches in their quest to create premium wines. The Vintage Report Innovation Award Presented by Bank of the West raises the profile of these approaches and celebrates innovation and experimentation in viticulture.
- Eligible techniques, trials, approaches, methods and practices must be vineyard-based and yield provable results
- Approaches must have been used during the 2015 vintage (though they may have started earlier)
- The techniques - if not implemented in Napa Valley - must be exportable to Napa Valley terroirs
- The award is noncommercial: while experiments may rely on a branded technology, the award recognizes the experiment, not the brand.