Wine Without Walls
Wine Without Walls is the section of 5StarWines dedicated to wine that is certified organic, biodynamic or adheres to certified sustainability practices. The aim of Wine Without Walls is to spread awareness of sustainable viticulture, including in the 5StarWines guide a 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 recognise and promote the commitment of producers to biodynamic, organic and sustainable agriculture on an international level, as they are active in defining new sustainable horizons in the vineyard and in the cellar.
Wines which, by virtue of their organic, biodynamic or sustainable characteristics, achieve a score of 90/100 or more are included in the special Wine Without Walls section of the 5StarWines – the Book guide with the respective rating. 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 trade and industry professionals.
- BEST WINE CELLAR WINE WITHOUT WALLS
The producer who obtains the best result, referring to the sum of the scores from of his best 3 wines that have been selected for the guide, in at least 2 different categories.
- BEST BIODYNAMIC WINE
Awarded to the biodynamic wine with the best score in this section.
- BEST ORGANIC WINE
Awarded to the organic wine with the best score in this section.
- BEST SUSTAINABLE WINE
Awarded to the sustainable company whose wine scored best in this section.
WHAT’S NEW: RULES OF PARTICIPATION
Participation in Wine Without Walls is reserved for wineries whose wines have obtained organic certification (European Regulation 203/2012, published in the Official Journal of the EU on 9 March 2012) or biodynamic certification or, alternatively, are obtained from land under conversion. This section also includes wines produced by wineries that have adhered to protocols or obtained national (e.g. Viva, Equalitas) or international sustainability certifications.
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 blind tasting of organic and biodynamic wines enrolled in Wine Without Walls takes place parallel to the 5StarWines judging.
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, semi-sparkling, sparkling, sweet and fortified.
THE WINE WITHOUT WALLS DIPLOMA
All the wineries whose wines receive a score equal to or greater than 90/100 will receive an official diploma, in printed and digital form.
THE WINE WITHOUT WALLS CERTIFICATE
All the wineries whose wines receive a score between 85 and 89/100 will receive a certificate of participation in the Selection, in digital form.
THE VINITALY APP
All the wineries, participating in Vinitaly, that manage to get at least one label on the 5StarWines-the Book guide, can be located via the Vinitaly App, which will be used by the most important international buyers coming to the fair.
Scientific Director of Wine Without Walls
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.