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Wine Without Walls

Wine Without Walls is the section of 5StarWines dedicated to certified organic or biodynamic wine. The goal is to raise awareness of sustainable viticulture by including them in the 5StarWines guide; the selection of wines that stand out in preserving the naturalness of the soil, vines and their products. Wine Without Walls is also an opportunity to recognize and enhance the commitment of biodynamic and organic farming producers at an international level; they are active in defining new sustainable horizons both in the vineyard and in the cellar.

THE ASSESSMENT

The dedicated Wine Without Walls jury evaluates biodynamic and organic certified wines in the same way as is done for 5StarWines. The panel of judges assigns the partial scores by submitting each wine presented to a visual, olfactory and gustatory examination: the average score of these criterion produces a final score, expressed in hundredths.

THE SELECTION

Wines that, due to their organic and biodynamic characteristics, scoring 90/100 or higher are included in the special section of Wine Without Walls in the 5StarWines – the Book guide with their respective score. As well as being an important recognition and informative contribution, the Guide is also an effective promotional and commercial tool, distributed to an international audience of commercial operators and professionals.

THE TROPHIES

  • BEST WINE CELLAR WINE WITHOUT WALLS
    A PRODUCER THAT TOTALS THE BEST OVERALL RESULT (OBTAINED BY THE ALGEBRAIC AVERAGE OF THE FINAL SCORES OF THREE OF ITS WINES SELECTED FOR WINE WITHOUT WALLS SECTION AND BELONGING TO AT LEAST TWO DIFFERENT CATEGORIES)
  • BEST WINE WITHOUT WALLS
    THE WINE THAT GETS THE ABSOLUTE BEST SCORE DURING THE WINE WITHOUT WALLS SELECTION

WHAT’S NEW: RULES OF PARTICIPATION

Participation in Wine Without Walls is reserved for companies whose wines have obtained an organic certification (European Regulation 203/2012, published in the Official Journal of the EU on March 9, 2012) or biodynamic certification or, alternatively, is obtained from land in the process of conversion.

For this reason, companies must send a copy of the certificates issued by the chosen inspection body, inside the wine packaging.

Participation in the specific section Wine Without Walls excludes the possibility of registering the same products to 5StarWines and vice versa. If the winery registers these wines in the 5StarWines section, the organizers will move them to the correct section.

THE EVENT

The blind tasting of organic and biodynamic wines enrolled in Wine Without Walls takes place parallel to the 5StarWines judging.

THE JURY

The evaluation and selection of wines enrolled in Wine Without Walls is carried out by a dedicated jury made up of professionals specialized in wine obtained from biodynamic and organic farming practices. The jurors are selected internationally and coordinated by Monty Waldin, author and consultant expert in wines of this category.

Wines that may enter the Wine Without Walls section are: still wines, classic methods, sparkling, sweet and fortified.

THE WINE WITHOUT WALLS CERTIFICATE

All wines with a rating of at least 90/100 and consequently selected for the Guide, receive an official certificate indicating their achieved score, on both paper and in digital format.

THE VINITALY APP

All companies participating in Vinitaly 2020 and placing at least one wine in the 5StarWines – the Book guide can be located through the VINITALY APP, this is dedicated to the most important foreign buyers attending the Fair.

5StarWines - Chairman Monty Waldin

Monty Waldin – SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR
of Wine Without Walls 2020

Monty Waldin became the first wine writer to specialize in organic and biodynamic wines in the mid-1990s, and writes the entries on organic, biodynamic and natural wine for the Oxford Companion to Wine (ed. Jancis Robinson MW OBE). He has worked in vineyards and wineries in both hemispheres, and was the subject of Chateau Monty, the first TV series to follow the making of a biodynamic wine from pruning to bottling for Britain’s Channel Four in 2008.

PANEL CHAIRMEN 2020

SOUTH AFRICA

Richard Kershaw MW

Master of Wine, Founder and Winemaker of Richard Kershaw Wines

Born and raised in the UK, Richard travelled extensively before settling in South Africa in 1999 to make wine full time. He established Richard Kershaw Wines in January 2012 to create clonally selected, site-specific, cool climate wines in the Elgin Valley, and now has a stable of award-winning, much in demand wines. One of only 10 Masters of Wine who actively make their own wines and South Africa’s only winemaking Master of Wine, Richard is much in demand when not in the vineyard or cellar. A wine judge for many prestigious competitions around the globe, he is also part of the educational panel for the Institute of Masters of Wine, lectures for the WSET in South Africa, and shares his knowledge with students and consumers via talks, tastings and blogs.

 

JUDGES 2020

Australia

Gill Gordon Smith

VIA Italian Wine Expert, CEO and Owner at Fall from Grace

Gill Gordon-Smith is a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Expert, a winemaker, wine merchant, writer, judge and educator based in Australia. Gill owns Fall from Grace, a specialist retail store and tasting bar that has a firm focus on Italian wines and direct imports from Italy. Passionate about Italian grapes and wine, she also produces Italian grape varieties in McLaren Vale. With Diplomas in Training Design and Development as well as Vocational Education and Training, she is a WSET Certified Educator and has worked with Qantas Airways developing the renowned Sommelier in the Sky program. She leads TAFE SA Wine & Spirit School and works with many industry clients developing educational programs for both professional and consumer markets. She is Wine Communicators Australia Educator and Wine Communicator of The Year for 2017.

CANADA

Mark Cuff

Owner at The Living Vine Inc. Organic.Biodynamic.Natural Wines

Mark Cuff founded The Living Vine, a wine importer/agency based in Toronto (Canada), in 2006. This company represents only biodynamic, organic and natural wines, and started before cow horns were cool and organics became the new norm. The Living Vine’s mandate from the beginning was to introduce, educate and promote the sale of biodynamic, organic and natural wines. The Living Vine imports the largest selection of established biodynamic & organic estates. Over the last 14 years, Mark has seen the Canadian wine sector mature from a niche to a mainstream market and is looking forward to contributing his experience to Wine Without Walls, the section of 5StarWines dedicated to certified organic or biodynamic wine.

USA

Christopher Barnes

Founder and Publisher at Grape Collective

Christopher Barnes is currently Editor and Publisher of Grape Collective an online wine magazine that combines high quality wine journalism with a seamless eCommerce experience. Grape Collective has produced over 300 video interviews on location with winemakers around the world and features writing by some of wine journalism’s top stars including former Wall Street Journal wine critic Dorothy J. Gaiter. Prior to starting Grape Collective Barnes was President of The Observer Media Group, publisher of The New York Observer. Barnes was co-founder and Publisher of amNewYork newspaper, New York’s largest free daily newspaper which was eventually sold to the Tribune Company. Amongst other media start-ups he was also involved in the co-founding of the Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral Press weekly newspaper and The London Monthly magazine. He has an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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