BIWA: Best Italian Wine Awards honors the 50 best Italian wines each year.
The ranking, born in 2012 from an idea by Luca Gardini and Andrea Grignaffini, has given great visibility at the international level to the excellence of the country’s wine, from Mexico City to London, from Hong Kong to Bordeaux.
The 50 Italian labels of the ranking are selected by an international technical committee composed of journalists, critics, and experts, who join Gardini and Grignaffini in the blind tasting of more than 350 wines.
In 2016 the jury of the BIWA was made even more important through the addition of four new judges: Luciano Ferraro, editor in chief of Corriere della Sera; Kenichi Ohashi, the only Japanese Master of Wine; Amaya Cervera, wine journalist based in Madrid and with more than fifteen years of experience; Marco Tonelli, expert food and wine journalist.
The new judges will support the historical judges Tim Atkin, one of the most awarded wine writers in the world and Master of Wine with twenty five year of career; Christy Canterbury, journalist, judge, teacher and American Master of Wine; Daniele Cernilli, the “Doctor Wine”, doyen and wine journalist, one of the creators of Gambero Rosso; Antonio Paolini, expert food and wine critic and taster, he writes on many journals and many guides; and Pier Bergonzi, vice director of Gazzetta dello Sport, sommelier, wine and food enthusiast, founder of the “Gazza Golosa” rubric.
In each edition of the BIWA, a jury composed of expert journalists of the sector chooses ten special honors, in addition to the AWARDS, in order to applaud the wines, vineyards, and professionals that have distinguished themselves within the field of viticulture.