2005 Wine Star Award Winners

2005 Wine Star Award Winners



 The wine business often seems glamorous to those looking at it from the outside; while it is a dream come true for the many that call it their business, succeeding in the industry takes hard work, determination and dedication. The winners of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2005 Wine Star Awards have all of these characteristics; they represent the best of the best in their respective categories. The Wine Star Awards are significant honors in the wine industry. The coveted trophies laud the people who make the wine industry what it is—rapidly growing, ever-changing, dynamic, respected.


All of our recipients are dedicated individuals who are striving for an overall body of work that they can be proud of, one that will continue to bring prestige to both themselves and the industry.

Ten recipients will be honored at a gala event on January 23, 2006 in New York City for substantial contributions to their fields. It’s a night for the stars of the wine industry to shine and be recognized for their excellence. We applaud the recipients and their tremendous accomplishments.



The winners are:
Wine Man of the Year
Patrick Ricard
American Winery of the Year
Don Sebastiani & Sons (California)
European Winery of the Year
Louis Roederer (France)
New World Winery of the Year
Vergelegen (South Africa)
Winemaker of the Year
Peter Gago (Penfolds)
Wine Region of the Year
Colchagua Valley (Chile)
Importer of the Year
Empson & Company
Retailer of the Year
Sam’s Wine & Spirits
Distiller of the Year
Johnnie Walker
Lifetime Achievement
Baroness Philippine de Rothschild










Published on December 15, 2005