Miguel Torres, President of Bodegas Torres, was presented with the latest Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business
Award, at Torres Mas Rabell restaurant in the Penedés region this week.
Mr. Torres was one of 30 nominees selected by a panel of 10 global judges for making an outstanding contribution to the wine industry in the last decade. The nominees also include other leading Spanish-based wine industry figures, including Pablo Álvarez, director general of Bodegas Vega Sicilia, and Rafael del Rey, director of the Observatorio Español de Mercado de Vino.
The 10 for 10 Business AwardJudges said of Miguel Torres: “Miguel is one of the most widely respected wine business leaders of our time, and truly respected for his deep commitment to sustainable development”, “Miguel has steered Torres, a large wine brand into new areas and ensured its on-going success. This was never a certainty and he has managed it extremely well. An example for many”, another judge added: “… for his vision and leadership in
sustainability and his contribution to the modernisation of the Chilean wine industry.”
In a brief and heartfelt acceptance speech, Miguel Torres expressed “I am extremely proud and honoured and I thank the Wine Intelligence team and the jury very much for this Business Award. I of course appreciate that my name is on the award, but I am happy that it is our company name at the same time. In all honesty I have to tell you, that where we stand today as a company is the result of many years of hard work and especially teamwork: it’s the
extraordinary work and effort of our team of more than 1,300 employees and of all members of our family: my brother Juan-Maria, my sister Marimar and the fifth generation represented by Arnau Torres-Rosselló, Cristina Torres and my daughter Mireia and my son Miguel. But I would also like to express a special thank you to my German wife Waltraud, who helped with building up the company and especially the German market. So thank you very much again, and of course congratulations to Wine Intelligence on your 10th birthday!
This year’s other Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award winners include Su Birch, CEO of Wines of South Africa; Tim Atkin MW, Wine Journalist; Chester Osborn, chief winemaker and owner of d’Arenberg; Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria Estate; Etienne Hugel of Hugel & Fils; Li Demei of the Beijing Agricultural College; Eduardo Guilisasti of Concha y Toro and Eric LeVine, founder of Cellartracker, and most recently Ross Brown of Brown Brothers at last month’s Wine Industry Outlook Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
The Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Awards were created to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of Wine Intelligence, which is now a global organisation working in 20 countries. The awards are designed to celebrate individuals in the wine business around the world, who have made a significant contribution to the success of the global wine industry over the past decade. The award itself is an original piece of art conceived by Polish artist Anna Kus Park, who has created 10 distinctive paintings, one for each award winner.