Awards Sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 World’s Best Wine Lists Awards Sponsors



Gaggenau is a manufacturer of high-quality home appliances and acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history dating back to 1683, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality. Gaggenau ¬has been a subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH in Munich since 1995 and is currently represented in more than 50 countries with 22 flagship showrooms in major cities around the world.

OCTAVIAN - Official Platinum Sponsor


Finer, safer, more valuable wines - Octavian-stored® Renowned for its peerless cellarage environment and culture of care, Octavian has been the choice of collectors and the fine and specialist wine trade for almost 30 years.

The Octavian Vaults Service embodies excellence. From a world-class storage environment - in which wine laid down to mature becomes more valuable - to the highest insurance levels of any cellarage provider, personalised care and a host of services designed to add value to customers, prove provenance and streamline transactions as collections change hands, there is no fine wines cellarage expertise quite like it. The best possible storage for your fine wine isn't a luxury. It's essential.

Learn why investors pay more for Octavian-stored® wine and what makes Octavian cellarage the first choice for wine collectors and connoisseurs the world over.

Visit or call +44 (0)1225 818725 to find out more.

ALTOO - Official Spanish Red Wine Sponsor


The AALTO project was founded by Mariano García (made his first harvest in 1968 at Vega Sicilia, where he developed his profesional career as Technical Director of the company for 30 years, until 1998. In 1999) and Javier Zaccagnini in February 1999, in the prestigious winemaking region of Ribera del Duero (Spain).

The founders´ aim in AALTO was to make a wine that shows a different personality, of high quality and being a faithful reflection of distinct locations, blending them at the end of the aging process to obtain balance and complexity.

One of the keys of the quality and complexity of the AALTO wines is the blend of different clones of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo grape variety adapted over time to regional conditions), which grows throughout the Ribera del Duero.

The AALTO project is based on three solid pillars: › The magnificent variety of old Tinto Fino clones that exist in the region, well adapted to Ribera del Duero Appellation with a good ripening process, obtaining quality comparable to the very best red-wine varieties from around the world.

The exceptional edaphoclimatic diversity (combination of climatic and soil factors) of Ribera del Duero. › The vast experience of Mariano García with the Tempranillo variety. Nowadays the winery controls 130 hectares of old vines of indigenous Tinto Fino clones, scattered in more than 200 plots located in 9 different villages, in the Ribera del Duero Appellation. The age of the vineyards ranges between 40 and 100 years old, with low yields and exceptional quality.


JFOODO - Official Sake Sponsor


The Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center (JFOODO) is passionate about food and drink produced in Japan. Established in April 2017 by the Japan External Trade Organisation on behalf of the government of Japan, it devotes its resources to the branding of Japanese agricultural, forestry, fishery and food products, and their promotion in overseas markets. JFOODO officially launches a new multi-media advertising campaign to transform the way sake is served and enjoyed in the UK from October 2018.


TAYLOR'S - Official Port Sponsor


Established over three centuries ago in 1692, Taylor’s is one of the oldest of the founding Port houses. Dedicated entirely to the production of Port wine and in particular to its finest styles, Taylor’s is the archetypal Port house and its wines the quintessential Ports.

Based in Oporto and the Douro Valley the company is closely involved in all stages of the production of its Ports, from the planting of the vineyard and the cultivation of the grapes to the making, ageing, blending and bottling of the wines.

Independently owned, Taylor’s preserves a priceless inheritance of experience and skill passed down through the generations. The family’s commitment to the future of Port is demonstrated in its single minded dedication to Port production, its continued investment in all aspects of the firm’s operations and its determination to preserve the unique environment of the Douro Valley through the promotion of sustainable and responsible viticulture.