LONDON, U.K. — The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) recently announced the final Future 50 Awards list at the IWSC’s annual awards banquet. The Future 50 is a new initiative created by WSET and IWSC in celebration of their joint 50th birthdays to select 50 future influencers under 40 from the global drinks industry.
The final list is a collection of the brightest talent from around the globe, covering 14 countries and roles as diverse as distiller, viticulturalist, historian, bartender and food-and-beverage activist.
“We’re delighted with the final Future 50 list. It offers a genuine reflection of the young talent we have in the wine, spirit and sake categories globally,” says Ian Harris, chief executive, WSET. “Each of the winners should be very proud their achievement. We look forward to seeing them making their mark and shaping the future of our industry.”
Three Canadians were recognized with Future 50 Awards, with Christina Veira and Kelsey Ramage recognized in the spirits category and Madison Pantlin in the wine category.
The Future 50 have been identified as the wine, spirit and sake industry’s up-and-coming talent from all areas of the trade who have made a significant contribution to the industry in the last three years in a range of areas including, career, academia, social responsibility and innovation. The awards received more than 600 nominations, from which winners were chosen through an exhaustive two-stage vetting process using the knowledge and authority of a panel of expert judges from around the world.
A complete list of the Future 50 winners is available at wsetglobal.com.