Penfolds’ world-renowned wine maker Peter Gago has been nominated for a prestigious award to be announced later this year in London.

Gago, maker of Penfolds world famous Grange, is on the short list to take home the Golden Vines Innovation and Hall of Fame award when the final decision is announced later this year.

Liquid Icons, a fine-wine research and content production company founded by the late, great Gerard Basset (OBE) and his friend Lewis Chester have announced the nominees for The Golden Vines Hall of Fame award.

“ Liquid Icons creates first-class original content and research about the world’s greatest fine wines and spirits. Our work encompasses motion picture, industry research, recognition and celebration of wine and spirits excellence, charitable and fundraising activities, as well as educational initiatives,” Lewis Chester said.

 The winners, along with other Golden Vines category, will be announced at a fundraising event to be held at Annabel’s, one of London’s pre-eminent private members’ club, in Mayfair.

The not-for-profit Golden Vines Awards recognise and uphold excellence in the fine wine industry and raise funds for The Gerard Basset Wine Education charitable foundation, which aims to fund diversity and inclusion-related wine education programs, including the headline Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship, Internship & Mentorship programs.

The Golden Vines Award categories are:

1            Best Fine Wine Producer in Europe

2            Best Fine Wine Producer in the Americas

3            Best Fine Wine Producer in the Rest of the World (Australasia, Africa, Asia & Middle East)

4            World’s Best Fine Wine Producer

5            World’s Best Rising Star

 6           Innovation Award

7            Hall of Fame Award, awarded to a living individual for extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the production of fine wine, or for outstanding service to the world of fine wine

For each award leading members of the fine wine industry nominate who they would like to win. The Golden Vines Hall of Fame and The Golden Vines Innovation awards, five pre-listed nominees have been put forward, but nominations can still be made.

The nominees for The Golden Vines Hall of Fame award are:

Peter Gago, Penfolds (Australia)

Aubert de Villaine, Domaine de la Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (France

 Paul Draper, Former Head Winemaker, Ridge Vineyards (USA)

Richard Geoffroy, Former Chef de Cave, Dom Pérignon (France)

 Roberto Conterno, Giacomo Conterno (Italy)