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Amorim Cork Nominated for The Golden Vines Innovation Award

The inaugural Golden Vines Awards Ceremony, hosted by Liquid Icons, seeks to raise funds for diversity- related wine education programs.
by press release
March 15, 2021
Gerard Basset

NAPA, CA, March 15, 2021 – Amorim Cork has been nominated for The Golden Vines Innovation Award, one of seven honors that will be announced during The Golden Vines Awards Ceremony at Annabel’s Private Members Club in London on the night of October 7, 2021. The inaugural not-for-profit event is organized by Liquid Icons, the wine research and content company founded by the late Gerard Basset OBE MW MS and Lewis Chester DipWSET.

Predicted to be the year’s most important gathering of world leaders and collectors in the wine industry, The Golden Vines Awards Ceremony is designed to raise funds for The Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation – a foundation committed to creating educational programs and career opportunities for young professionals led by Nina Basset FIH, Romané Basset, Lewis Chester DipWSET, Ian Harris MBE DipWSET, and Jancis Robinson OBE MW. Funding will be directed to diversity and inclusion-related wine education programs, including the Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship, Internship & Mentorship Programme, which provides scholarships to two BIPOC / BAME students to undertake MW or MS course studies, as well as a significant number of other diversity and inclusion wine education programs globally.

Nina Basset, wife of the late Gerard Basset, comments on the Foundation’s mission: “The industry, at the highest level, lacks diversity. We hope that through our scholarship program we can help change the world and honor Gerard's legacy.”

The Golden Vines Awards will be awarded to leading members of the wine industry as voted by over 150 internationally renowned experts and sommeliers. Amorim’s nomination for The Golden Vines Innovation Award validates the revolutionary innovations launched by Amorim Cork in recent years, as well as its historic commitment to research & development and sustainability.

“It is a privilege to be a part of a prestigious list of nominees: UC Davis Department of Viticulture & Enology, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV), and Coravin,” commented Pedro Fernandes, General Manager of Amorim Cork America. "No matter the outcome, Amorim is honored to be included in the top five preeminent institutions in the innovation sector and part of an event that supports important initiatives such as the Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship, Internship & Mentorship Programme.”

Recent examples of Amorim’s commitment to innovation include the newly released launch of Naturity and Xpür, technologies designed to remove detectable TCA from natural corks and to create a new segment of micro-agglomerated stoppers, respectively. Demonstrating its firm commitment to sustainability and verified by rigorous independent carbon footprint studies, Amorim’s high-quality stoppers offer solutions for producers looking for reliable, scientifically confirmed data to reduce the net CO2 levels associated with production. Amorim Cork continues to value research above all else in its quest for sustainability in the wine industry.

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About Corticeira Amorim

Corticeira Amorim is the world’s largest cork processing group with annual sales topping 780 million euros. Founded in 1870, the company currently has dozens of business units distributed across five continents. It exports numerous products to more than 100 countries and has a diversified network of 30,000 customers. With strong sustainability credentials and a negative carbon footprint, Corticeira Amorim provides a set of solutions, materials and applications to some of the world’s most technological, disruptive and demanding activities, such as the aerospace, automobile, wine and spirits, construction, sports, energy and interior and product design.

About Amorim Cork America

Amorim Cork America is the North American sales and distribution division located in Napa, California. We provide top notch solutions that guarantee a customized approach tailored to each client’s needs. Amorim Cork America’s sales and management team provides expert knowledge to winemakers, distillers, technical support, quality assurance managers and wine and spirits marketers in all facets of cork closures.


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