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All the award winners from the Master Winemaker 100 2024

On Monday, db‘s Master Winemakers ceremony gave awards for the very best wines of the year. Find out the winners in every category here.

the drinks business released its new edition of the Master Winemaker 100 guide at Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris on Monday. The 2024 volume profiles the year’s 100 best winemakers and individual award winners, as determined by the drinks business‘s competitions arm, the Global Wine Masters.

The competitions are spread over the year, with each highlighting a particular variety, style or iconic region. The small scale of each ensures a rigorous and considered approach to the current market, and ensures each wine has the opportunity to shine on its own terms. Moreover, all the competitions are led by Masters of Wine, who make up the majority of judges.

As Patrick Schmitt MW, chair of the Global Wine Masters explained at the ceremony, “we don’t run vast tastings, that see critics swamped in samples – a situation which could see subtle wines getting overlooked. Rather, we run small standalone competitions – allowing judges to focus on a particular type of wine in an unhurried manner. This gives us the opportunity to develop not only a buyer’s guide to the best bottles for our readers – but also a health check on the category being judged.”

Each competition therefore offers the chance for a wine to stand out against its peers and as a representative of the category. In all competitions that produced multiple Master medallists, the judges selected a wine for an overall award, representing the pinnacle of winemaking for the style.

The Master Winemakers who won these awards in the 2024 guide are listed below, along with the outstanding wines that earned them the accolades.


Master Winemaker of the Year

Chris Carpenter, head winemaker at Mt. Brave & Hickinbotham Vineyard

Awarded for the Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 and the Hickinbotham Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon 2020.


Best Masters New Entrant

Stéphanie Sucheyre, cellar master at Champagne Gardet

Awarded for the Champagne Gardet Extra Brut 2013


Value Award

Jairo Fernández, winemaker at Pagos del Rey

Awarded for the Arnegui Tempranillo 2022


Autumn Tasting Award

Luca de Ferrari, winemaker at Boscarelli

Awarded for the Costa Grande Vino Nobile de Montepulciano DOCG 2019


Best Bordeaux

Laurent Prosperi, director at Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs

Awarded for the Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs 2018


Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Ricardo Rivadeneira, director and winemaker at Viña Maquis

Awarded for the Maquis Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2020


Best Carmenere

Ana María Cumsille, chief winemaker at Viña Carmen

Awarded for the Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere 2021


Best Champagne

Benoît Gouez, cellar master at Moët & Chandon

Awarded for the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2015


Best Chardonnay

Graham Weerts, head winemaker at Capensis

Awarded for the Capensis Silene 2020


Best Chenin Blanc

Andrzej Lipinski, owner and head of winemaking at Big Head Wines

Awarded for the Raw Chenin Blanc 2017


Best Design and Packaging

Jeany Cronk, founder of Maison Mirabeau

Awarded for the Mirabeau Pure 2022


Best Fortified

Carlos Ferreiro, chief winemaker at Altanza

Awarded for the Colección Altanza Roberto Amillo La Saca More Than 100 Years Old


Best Grenache

Mike Brown, chief winemaker and managing director at Gemtree

Awarded for the Gemtree Cinnabar GSM 2021


Best Malbec

Bertrand Gabriel Vigouroux, owner and winemaker at Crocus Wines and Château de Haute-Serre

Awarded for the Crocus Wines La Roche Mère 2020


Best Merlot

Philip Shaw, winemaker at Hoosegg

Awarded for the Hoosegg Mountain Dragon Merlot 2018


Best Organic Wine

José Manuel Rodríguez, technical director at Arínzano

Awarded for the Arínzano Merlot Agricultura Biológica 2018


Best Pinot Grigio

Maurizio Maurizi, winemaker at Mezzacorona

Awarded for the Musivum Pinot Grigio 2018


Best Pinot Noir

Cristina Torres, general manager at Marimar Estate

Awarded for the Marimar Estate La Masía Pinot Noir 2019


Best Prosecco

Fabio Roversi, head winemaker at Ruggeri

Awarded for the Ruggeri Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG Brut


Best Riesling

David Norman, senior winemaker at Gatt Wines

Awarded for the Gatt Wines Eden Springs High Eden Riesling 2018


Best Rioja

Jesús Mendoza , head oenologist and technical director at Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza

Awarded for the María Remírez de Ganuza 2007


Best Rosé

Gérard Bertrand, founder and winemaker at Gérard Bertrand Group

Awarded for the Clos du Temple 2021


Best Sauvignon Blanc

Brent Marris, owner and chief winemaker at Marisco Vineyards

Awarded for the Marisco Pride & Glory Sauvignon Blanc 2021


Best Sparkling

Clément Pierlot, head winemaker at Louis Pommery California

Awarded for the Louis Pommery California Brut NV


Best Syrah

Gilles Besse, winemaker at Domaine Jean-René Germanier

Awarded for the Cayas Syrah Réserve 2020


Spring Tasting Award

Stefan Krispel, winemaker at Krispel

Awarded for the Ried Neusetzberg Alte Reben Erste Lage Sauvignon Blanc Vulkanland Steiermark DAC 2019


Travel Retail Award

Luís Sottomayor, head of Douro winemaking, Sogrape

Awarded for the Sandeman 20 Year Old Tawny Port

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