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Last Chance to Nominate Industry Pioneers for WBM's 2021 Leaders List

Final day to submit nominations is April 15


Sonoma, Calif.— Submissions for Wine Business Monthly’s 2021 Wine Industry Leaders list close this Thursday, April 15. If you know someone who you think has made a difference in the wine industry, you can still submit your nomination here.

For the second year, Wine Business Monthly has opened up a submission form for its annual Wine Industry Leaders list, a look at those brave enough to pave a new way forward, inspire generations to come, pioneer a new method, product or technology, start creative businesses, and rally behind causes they believe in. From up-and-comers to established members of the industry, we are looking for those that have flown under the radar and made a difference in the last year or are working to positively shape the industry in the future.

All submissions will be reviewed by the WBM editorial staff, and those selected will be featured in our annual Wine Industry Leaders list, published in the October 2021 issue.

Be prepared to write a brief testimonial about why you’re nominating this person and what advancements they have made that make them a great fit for WBM’s 2021 Wine Industry Leaders list. We’re looking for those well-respected by their peers and, in the process, hope to make this list more inclusive of all members of the trade.

Nomination criteria:

  • Leaders must work within the North American wine industry—wineries, vineyards, consulting firms, associations, educational institutions, retailers, restaurants, vendors, non-profits, etc.—to be eligible.
    • However, if someone does not work at a wine-specific company/organization, he/she/they may still be considered if they have made a contribution that has affected the wine industry.
    • While most leaders selected will be from North America, Wine Business Monthly will not disqualify someone from another continent if his/her contribution has made a significant impact in the North American wine industry/market.
  • The leader must have been influential/made a major contribution in the last year and have the potential to continue to affect the wine industry in the future.
  • Examples of work considered influential (though certainly not an extensive list):
    • Development of new winemaking method
    • Completion of research that affects how wine is made or sold
    • Creating of an organization dedicated to supporting up-and-comers in the industry
    • Discovering a new way to market to bring new wine drinkers into the fold
    • Invention of a product that simplifies winemaking while increasing wine quality

Please Note: If the person has been on the Wine Business Monthly Wine Industry Leaders list within the last four years, they are not eligible for this year’s list.

Our past leaders can be found here:

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