These photographs show the wine world in a new light
Contributed by Lucy Shaw
Contributed by Lucy Shaw
From the hard graft of grape pickers to pristine vineyard views, the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2023 shortlist captures wine photography at its best
|A new perspective on old vines from photographer Juan Miguel Ortuño Martinez|
The Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2023 shortlist has dropped, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the mysterious mechanics of vineyards and wineries all over the world. Showcasing the daily toil of grape growers and winemakers from fresh and unexpected perspectives, this year’s entries span everywhere from Stellenbosch in South Africa to Vila Nova de Gaia in Porto.
The images fizz with life and vitality, from the gnarly hands and wild white locks of ‘Dave the grape picker’, captured in striking monochrome by British snapper Chris Elfes, to the blueberry-colored bunches twisting in the grape crusher, shot by Spanish photographer Juan Miguel Ortuño Martinez.
The shortlist also includes stunning vineyard vistas, including a pristine patchwork quilt of vines in Switzerland, a misty morning at Denbies in Surrey, and an aerial view of Antonio Aldini vineyard at harvest time in Emilia-Romagna.
"The images offer a tantalizing glimpse into the mysterious mechanics of vineyards and wineries all over the world."
The Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2023 forms part of the annual Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards, which shines a light on thought-provoking images from amateurs and professionals from around the globe. Candidates submitted their photographs into three sub-categories: People, Places, and Produce.
The images were judged by a panel chaired by celebrated food photographer David Loftus, who was joined by, among others, wine writers Joanna Simon and Sophia Longhi, Taittinger’s president Vitalie Taittinger, and Errazuriz ambassador Magui Chadwick.
The winner will be revealed in an awards film that will be privately screened at BAFTA in London and live-streamed on YouTube on Tuesday 16 May. An exhibition of all the finalist images will be on show at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol from 20 May until 11 June, forming part of Bristol’s World Photography in Focus initiative.
Scroll on for a selection of our favorite shortlisted entries for the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2023 award.
|Gilbert Bages snaps a grower tending to his vines at dawn at Domaine de Cambis in the Languedoc|
|British snapper Chris Elfes chose black-and-white for his atmospheric shot of Dave the grape picker|
|Madrid's wizened old vines are captured in all their glory by Juan Miguel Ortuño Martinez|
|A winemaker checks on the progress of his Vin Jaune as photographer Benjamin McMahon looks on|
|Swiss precision at its finest at Léman Vineyards, shot by Nicolas Mancosu|
|Harvest time at Antonio Aldini Vineyard in Emilia-Romagna captured from above by Francesco Zoppi|
|The calm in a cathedral-like cellar before an epic celebration as observed by Marina Spironetti|
|Juan Miguel Ortuño Martinez snapped these juicy grapes twisting their way through the crusher|
|Daniela Marchi offers a fresh perspective on the humble vine|
|Thomas Hold gets a bird's eye view of this jam packed grape vat|