The WINERY STAR GUIDE Award is particularly meaningful because it represents the voice of Wine Leaders. This accomplishment speaks to the high standards, the passion and dedication of local wineries in making great wines. Wine Leaders award their favorite wines and winemakers so that wineries can amplify their story around the world and grow their success in a meaningful way. 

The World’s Best Wine Destinations

The WIA WINERY STAR GUIDE is a celebration of wine people, places, and experiences that make the world worth exploring. Discovering great wines and wineries is not what we do, it is who we are. We aim to reward excellence in the wine industry worldwide, ensuring recognition for the very best wines and wineries. 

The World’s Best Wineries guide was created to inspire the global wine community to explore further. It’s a community where uniqueness and passion for wine is celebrated and everyone is rewarded by the experiences collected along the way.

We have been inspired by the resilience and bravery of so many great wineries that have continued to make superior wines even during challenging times. We are proud to honor wineries  with an international wine community prestigious endorsement.

Sommeliers, experts, professionals, wine influencers, and others award their favorite wineries anywhere in the world. Experience wine & wine destinations through the insider expertise of our Wine Leaders whose passion for wine has been cultivated with love & dedication over the years. 

Certificate Of Excellence

The Winery Star Certificate represents a prestigious award of excellence, distinguishing exceptional wineries across the globe. Awarded by Wine Leaders, this accolade honors outstanding wine quality and the overall winery experience, elevating a winery’s credibility within the international wine community.

Owning this certificate is not just an honor; it’s a significant asset. It draws the attention of buyers, distributors, business partners, and wine enthusiasts, sparking their interest in exploring quality wines and visiting great wineries.

The winery’s name and the relevant year will be proudly displayed on the certificate. Showcase this honor on websites, social media platforms, or in other promotional materials. Additionally, a framed version of the certificate is available for delivery.

Awarded By
Wine Leaders

Wine Leaders award wineries that make their most favorite wines and that are worth exploring

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Recognition from WIA and Wine Leaders enhance the credibility that is an essential indicator of quality. It can help to ensure additional exposure and enhance brand esteem as well.



Wine Leaders stand by their awardees by their name. WIA offers a dedicated profile page allowing them to share their bios and online activities, providing insights into their expertise and contributions to the wine industry.



Bringing together people and businesses in the wine community globally. We provide a quality winery guide that helps and promotes connections and growth in the wine industry.



WIA champions the global wine sector by enhancing networking and commerce, celebrating the unique passion for wine. It ensures rewarding experiences for all, fostering a thriving wine community worldwide.

For Wineries

For Wine Community


WIA evaluates wineries and vineyards around the world, utilizing the knowledge and expertise of our WIA Wine Judges, a diverse panel including sommeliers, influencers, experts, and specialists. The selection of wineries and vineyards stands out not only for the quality of their wine but also for the unique experiences they offer to visitors.

WIA Master Judge

The Highest Level of Wine Sommelier


  • Master of Wine (MW)
    Master Sommelier (MS)
  • Diploma in Wines and Spirits (DipWSET)
  • Certified Wine Educator (CWE)
  • ISGM and ISGM Degree (ISG)

WIA Sommelier Judge

Wine Sommelier and Wine Educator


  • Certified & Advanced Sommelier (CMS)
  • AWC & SDP Certificate (ISG)
    Sommelier Level 2 & 3 (WSET)
  • Certified Specialist (CSW) & (CSS)
  • Certified & Advanced (FWS)
  • Italian Sommelier Association (AIS)
  • French, Italian Wine Scholar (WSG)

WIA Expert Judge

Wine Expert and Wine Professional


  • Sommelier; Viticulturist;
    Winemaker; Enologist;
    Wine Educator; Wine Writer;
    Wine Critic; Wine Influencer;
    Wine Guide: Wine Judge;
    Cellar Master;
    Wine Consultant
    …and others

Bring your passion and expertise and make a lasting impact on the global wine community.

* We're thrilled to witness such enthusiasm for joining the WIA Winery Judges Panel! We warmly welcome all who have been invited. At the moment, only wine leaders who receive an invitation can become WIA judges.

Wine Leader Ambassador

Nominate 20 Representatives From Each Wine Region

The Wine Leaders Ambassadors play an important role in the WINERY STAR GUIDE and the WIA global wine community. Each Wine Leader Ambassador is entrusted with the responsibility of nominating up to 20 regional Wine Leaders. These nominees are selected based on their expertise, passion, and influence in the wine sector of their respective regions.

The process in collaboration with the Wine International Association (WIA) means that the ambassadors embody the excellence and diversity of the global wine community, fostering a network of knowledgeable and enthusiastic representatives of the unique qualities and traditions of their regional wines.

Why WIA Wine Judge


Voting Method

The “WINERY STAR GUIDE – Wine Leaders’ Choice” annually showcases the world’s premier wineries and vineyards, celebrating the people, places, and extraordinary experiences that define the global wine industry. At WIA, discovering exceptional wines and wineries is at the heart of what we do, and we are committed to recognizing excellence in the wine world.

Sommeliers, wine experts, wine influencers, wine critics, and wine professionals from around the globe contribute to our nominations. The Guide encompasses all countries offering a comprehensive look at the finest winery experiences.

Our selection focuses not only on the quality of the wine but also on the experience of each winery visit by WIA Judges. To ensure diverse and authentic recommendations, there are no fixed criteria for selection, other than the Voting Guidelines. A global panel of wine judges ensures a well-rounded evaluation and brings a wealth of perspectives to our winery selections.


Voting Guidelines

1. Visit Requirement: Judges are required to have personally visited the wineries or vineyards they are nominating within the last 6 years.
* This requirement takes into account the two-year period during which access to wineries was limited due to COVID restrictions.

2. Nomination Range and Ranking: Judges should submit a list from 6 to 10 nominations of their favorite wineries and/or vineyards, ranked in any order or order of preference if desired.

3. Voting Criteria: Voting should be based on the overall visiting experience and tasting experiences that take place directly at the winery or vineyard itself.

4. Voting Fequency: Each judge is allowed to vote only once per calendar year. This avoids overwhelming the selection process with multiple submissions from the same judges.

5. Online Voting: Judges are required to submit their selection lists by email to the address provided in the original invitation. This ensures a direct and secure submission process.

6. Transparency: For greater transparency and to build a strong wine community, WIA offers judges an attractive profile page featuring their bio and links to their online activities.View Profiles

7. Eligibility and Approval: Only wineries and vineyards that are currently in business and open to the general public are eligible for voting. WIA reserves the final say, at our sole discretion, in approving nominated wineries.


Continuous Voting Process

We have introduced a continuous voting system, allowing wine judges to submit their top 6 to 10 favorite wineries at any time during the year. This encourages earlier voting and provides nominated wineries with international recognition and visibility on the WORLD’s BEST WINERY list sooner.

This system keeps our guide dynamic and up-to-date, allowing judges to nominate wineries as they encounter them, showcasing the best of the global wine industry.

Each judge can vote only once per calendar year, ensuring recommendations are current and reflective of the latest trends without overwhelming the process.

Profile Guidelines

WIA Ambassadors and WIA Judges can request to have their profile removed at any time by sending a message to WIA. WIA reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to remove any WIA Ambassador or Judge profile from the WIA website.

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Award The Certificate


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World’s Best Wineries  Nasos Tsitlikas WSET Level 3    WIA Sommelier Judge   .Nasos Tsitlikas’s journey in the wine industry is a testament to passion, dedication, and continuous growth. At just 25 years old, Nasos has already made significant strides in the world of wine, starting his career five years ago with a…

Alessandro Ingrosso WIA Ambassador Italy Alessandro Ingrosso is a sommelier and a wine lover from Italy. He does not like to define himself as being related to a certain sphere, because basically he compares hismself with wine, which is constantly evolving! Alessandro has been trained in the hospitality sphere, and…

World’s Best Wineries  Giuseppe D’Aniello DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Among the esteemed ranks of sommeliers worldwide, Giuseppe D’Aniello stands out as a shining example of dedication, expertise, and passion in the art of wine. Recently crowned as ‘The Best Sommelier, UK 2023’ by the UK Sommelier Association, Giuseppe’s journey to this…

World’s Best Wineries  Ettore Donadeo DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Ettore Donadeo’s journey in the world of wine is a testament to passion, dedication, and a deep cultural connection. Originally from Italy, Ettore Ettore Donadeo’s journey into the heart of Japan’s wine culture began in 2008, driven by an interest in Japanese…

 Benoît Lefèvre    WIA Ambassador    Canada  Creator of the wine tourism blog and the Instagram account @vino2travel, Benoît Lefèvre shares wine tourism stories, winegrowers’ portraits as well as his favorite wine discoveries with his audience. . Benoît is passionate about wine, travel, gastronomy and photography and loves to share his passions with as…

Iker Berasaluce WIA Ambassador Austria Iker Berasaluce is a 32 year old wine writer, judge, educator and content creator from Spain, living in Vienna, Austria. Holding a PhD in Chemistry, he decided to turn his passion into his job. His first advance in the professional wine sphere was at the Federal Research Center…

Francisca Marzá WIA Ambassador Chile   Francisca Marzá discovered her vocation for wine in 2014. Graduated in Business Administration of the Wine Industry and a post degree in Chilean Wine at the Catholic University of Chile and additional studies as a sommelier at the Wine Institute. Content creator, communicator, and wine taster for…

World’s Best Wineries  Natalia Pezzone DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Born in Argentina, Natalia’s journey into the wine world began in 2015. She has been driven by an appreciation for wine, which eventually has seen her relocating across five different countries, immersing herself in diverse wine cultures. This unique blend of experiences…

World’s Best Wineries  Irem Parildar  WSET Level 3    WIA Sommelier Judge  .Irem Parildar’s journey into the world of wines began as a hobby but has since turned into a deep-rooted passion that defines her career and aspirations. Currently pursuing the prestigious WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine at the International Wine…

Nello Gatti WIA Ambassador Italy Nello Gatti is a multilingual wine professional with an in-depth knowledge of the hospitality and marketing sectors. Even if he doesn’t come from a family of wine enthusiasts, along his path he developed an unparalleled level of communication awareness thanks to his proven history at…

 Anastasia Palferova WIA Ambassador Russia Anastasia is a 34-year-old Russian wine lover, sommelier and blogger living in Moscow. Before she got the wine bug 5 years ago, Anastasia was successfully making her career in strategic consulting and banking. At that time, she travelled a lot to Italy, Spain, Germany and other European wine…

Emma Brajkovic WIA Ambassador Spain Emma Brajkovic’s first introduction to the world of wine, was when she was a child, through the eyes of her parents, who owned and managed a restaurant in Paris specialized in Wines and Champagnes. She was regularly attending wine auctions at l’Hôtel Drouot while her…

 Micaela Lopez  WIA Ambassador  Argentina & Uruguay Micaela Lopez is 29 years old, she was born in Argentina and lives in Uruguay. She is the country manager in Uruguay for an Argentina company that produces, markets and imports prestigious wineries from around the world.   Micaela is currently studying for a career as a sommelier. In…

 Chris Howells    WIA Ambassador    UK Chris Howells has dedicated a large part of his adult life to the humble grape. As an avid wine collector, multiple wine judge, Certified WSET 3 with distinction and occasional writer-columnist for a number of drink & hospitality magazines, he is making wine his life’s work,…

Bubbles Hyland WIA Ambassador South Africa Bubbles Hyland was destined for the wine industry with the nickname she was given from birth! British born but now living in Cape Town for the past 17 years she has become an avid ambassador of South African wine. She formed Well Red Wine…

World’s Best Wineries  Eric Zwiebel Master Sommelier    WIA Master Judge   .Eric Zwiebel, MS, is a celebrated figure in the world of wine, currently holding the esteemed position of Wine Director at The Samling Hotel in Windermere, nestled in the serene and picturesque Lake District. Hailing from Alsace, Eric’s passion for wine…

Cornelia Becker (Corni) WIA Ambassador Austria  Cornelia Becker (also called Corni for short) is a wine blogger, passionate about Austrian wineries and wines. She was born in 1978 and lives in Lower Austria with her family. As many other experts, she is convinced that Austrian wines have excellent quality and can definitely compete…

Madalena Vidigal WIA Ambassador  Portugal   Madalena Vidigal has a degree in Hotel Management and a postgraduate degree in Wine Tourism, Digital Marketing and Viticulture. She is a wine producer in Alentejo, the south of Portugal. She has two great passions that are present in everything she does: wine and travel!. For 10…

 Ivan Vellucci  WIA Ambassador    Italy Ivan Vellucci is 53 years old, he writes for an online wine magazine. He is an engineer and a manager before being a sommelier. He works as marketing director in a high-profile automotive company in Italy in the luxury segment. He is a wine fan and…

World’s Best Wineries  Nicolò S. Pudel DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Nicolò’s journey in the wine world is marked by his relentless pursuit of knowledge and expertise. As an avid collector and passionate wine enthusiast, he continually explores unique and remote wine destinations worldwide. His commitment to wine education culminated in his…

World’s Best Wineries  Chris Kirkham DipWSET    WIA Master Judge    .Christopher Kirkham’s journey in the wine world began two decades ago in the Canadian wine scene. He started as a Sommelier, swiftly ascending to become a Wine Director at some of Vancouver’s top restaurants. His discerning palate and deep knowledge of wines…

 Marisol de la Fuente    WIA Ambassador    Argentina Marisol de la Fuente is an International Sommelier of the EAS graduated from the Argentine School of Sommeliers and Bartender at the International Center for Cocktail bar. She communicates about the world of wine and drinks with the aim of bringing it closer to…

World’s Best Wineries  Elena Barattini DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Elena Barattini’s journey from Italy to London in 2011 marked a pivotal moment in her life, a quest for a deeper connection to her passion for wine. Starting in retail, Elena immersed herself in the diverse world of wines, building a strong…

World’s Best Wineries  Devon Lochhead DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Devon Lochhead’s story began at the age of 19 when he started working as a wine advisor for a fine dining restaurant in South Africa. This early exposure ignited his enthusiasm for wine and set him on a path of discovery and…

World’s Best Wineries  Nicolas Fouilleroux DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Nicolas Fouilleroux’s journey is a testament to the harmonious blend of two seemingly disparate worlds: music and wine. Starting with a background in music, Fouilleroux’s deep appreciation for artistic expression and nuanced experiences laid a strong foundation for his exploration of the…

Daria Kholodilina WIA Ambassador Georgia Daria Kholodilina is a Georgia-based wine tourism specialist, and a big friend and promoter of Georgian wine – with a WSET 2 certificate. Being born in Ukraine, Daria moved to Georgia in 2013 because she fell in love with the country. She participated in developing…

World’s Best Wineries  Arunkumar Tamilselvan DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .aHailing from India, Arunkumar Tamilselvan’s journey into the world of wine is a testament to passion, dedication, and a thirst for knowledge. Raised in a culture that abstained from alcohol, Arunkumar’s introduction to the intricacies of wine came after completing a Bachelor…

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