Naked Contest

Winemaker Fantasy – Win a $20k prize plus $80k in funding to make your dream wine

If you’re a passionate, talented winemaker then this could be your big chance.

Pitch your winemaking fantasy, and we’ll pick three aspiring winemakers who will each win $20,000 and a budget of $80,000 to make their dream wines!

How to enter:

  • Upload your short video pitch on YouTube
  • and enter the contest
  • deadline for entries: May 30, 2016

Next thing you know, you might find yourself signing fruit contracts, tracking your fermentation in a state of the art winery, getting barrels made to your specifications, and all those other glorious winemaker-y things you’ve always dreamed of doing for your very own wine. (See the full rules.)

Why are we giving away all this cash?

We want to support the world’s best winemakers, and the truth is there’s a lot of insanely skilled people out there without their own vines or winery who just need to be given a chance. So here’s your chance!

If you have what it takes to make the world’s next great wine, we’re listening.

And over 90,000 Angel investors are also listening. Our Angel customers put $40 a month into their Naked accounts to support independent winemakers all over the world. Then they get to use that money to order wine later at 40-60% off list price (neat, right?) But enough about us.

Tell us about YOU.

How to do a great video pitch

There’s a few things we want to see in your video pitch:

  • If you could make any wine in the world, what would it be and why?
  • And why should we hire YOU to make it?

Record a short video (most people keep it under 2 minutes) that answers those questions.

This video is a very important part of your contest entry because it’s the biggest way to influence our Angels and win them over to support your winemaker fantasy. They’ll be voting on which of our finalists win the big prize so try to show your true character, give them a glimpse of your winemaking background, and why this idea deserves their support.

You also have to submit some detailed stuff outside the video so that we know you’re not just a pretty face. We’ll want to know who you are, your winemaking experience and background, the details about your proposal like what you’d like to make, how much it would cost to make it and how long you’ll need to make it. A panel of experts (details in the full rules) will look over your application and narrow it down to 6-10 finalists.

And then we’ll ask our Angel investors – over 90,000 of them – and everybody in our community to watch the videos and vote on the finalists. The winners will each get $20,000 and a budget of up to $80,000 to make their dream wine.

Winemaker fantasy pitches from the past

Our colleagues in Australia have run a similar contest and they have some great examples of video pitches from real winemakers.

As you can see, the videos don’t have to be oscar-winning masterpieces. Just be authentic and clear about why you should get the chance to make your dream wine.

Note: In Australia, the rules are different – this is a separate contest and you shouldn’t confuse the two. In Australia, the entrants are all nominated from existing Angel-funded winemakers. But our contest is open to folks who are not yet Angel-funded. And our judging panel has members who aren’t part of, so the playing field is wide open!

Winemaker Fantasy Contest Rules

Full rules:

No purchase necessary to enter or win “The Winemaker Fantasy” Contest sponsored by, Kenwood CA. Must be 21 to enter. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and Washington D.C., except AL, HI, IN, ME, MD, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, PA, SD, VT, VA, WV, and WY, and other countries where wine is produced, except Quebec, Canada, who are qualified winemakers and English-speakers. Void where prohibited by law. Certain restrictions apply

Visit FOR COMPLETE OFFICIAL RULES AND ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS. Contest begins at 10:00 AM EST on May 11, 2016 and ends at 12:00 PM EST on June 1, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Approximate ARV of all prizes: USD$300,000. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

[…] 30th is the last day we’ll be accepting pitches in our Winemaker Fantasy contest, and the pitches are rolling in. Loads of winemakers are still putting the finishing touches on […]


[…] brought 13 brand-new winemakers aboard and gave 3 winemakers — Rumi, Sean and Jim — their ultimate Winemaker Fantasy, complete with $100,000 each to make the wine of their […]


[…] Stoilova, the winner of the Winemaker Fantasy competition last year, is sharing fascinating snapshots from her life in Bulgaria. It’s a beautiful place […]

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x