A record number of Decanter Awards

2020 awards

Best Large Online Retailer 2020

A record number of Decanter Awards

We have some lovely news to share: the 2020 Decanter Awards has resulted in a record haul for The Wine Society! As well as being named Large Online Retailer of the Year, we received three regional specialist awards; all the result of a judging process which, in their words, 'is based on what Decanter readers think is most important to them when purchasing wines: Quality, Value, Range and Service.'

Receiving such awards wouldn't be possible without the loyal support of our members. Thank you very much, and we hope that you'll continue to discover more lovely wines with us for many more years to come!

Try our award-winning wines

Try our award-winning wines in a special mixed case
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To celebrate, our buyers have put together a mixed case of wines from the award-winning regions – Regional and Southern France, Austria, Spain and Portugal – focusing on bottles they’re particularly proud of having found. To encourage as many members as possible to explore the variety on offer, we’re also delighted to offer it with a saving.

Platinum and Gold wines

We were also thrilled to see these wines were also recognised by Decanter World Wine Awards judges as worthy of their top accolades:

Platinum: Champagne Boizel Brut Réserve NV

SAVE £25 per six

The perfect celebration Champagne: generous and fruity, while maintaining an effortless lightness of touch. What’s more, thanks to Boizel’s support, this wine is also available with a special saving until Friday 2nd October.

£35 per bottle
Special six-bottle price: £150

Gold: The Society's Exhibition Ribera del Duero 2016

We were thrilled to see two of our Exhibition-label Spanish wines awarded Gold medals. This comes from the small Bohórquez property and has bold, intense blackberry flavours.

Gold: The Society’s Exhibition Rioja Reserva 2013

A smooth, savoury and stylish reserva from La Rioja Alta, aged traditionally in American oak barrels and is now showing vanilla and mocha notes alongside dried cherry and plum.

Gold: Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Brolio 2016

Delicious young or old, this Italian star possesses a wonderfully fragrant bouquet, and gentle, beautifully balanced and long-lasting flavour. Probably the best vintage made to date here and a star buy.

Gold: Gattinara, Torraccia del Piantavigna 2015

Another winning Italian red, extremely fragrant and elegant with ripe vibrant cherry and cranberry flavours, kept in fine balance by firm tannins, bright acidity and offering great complexity.

Gold: Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada

A glorious sherry to finish! This mature, nutty manzanilla comes from the fine Pastrana vineyard in the Miraflores region, which has long produced the finest wines in the Hidalgo cellars.

Find more award-winning wines, including Silver medal winners

Best Specialist Retailer Spain and Portugal

Spain & Portugal


Director of Wine and buyer for Spain, Pierre Mansour: 'Our brilliant range of Portuguese wines have been recognised before, winning several awards over the years. This is a first for The Wine Society with Spain and I am absolutely delighted. This award should be dedicated to the craftmanship and talent of the growers and winemakers of the Iberian Peninsula, and our members who keep buying more and more of these wines each year.'

Look behind the labels: Why Pierre is Gunning for Garnacha

Look behind the labels: Why Pierre is Gunning for Garnacha

Pierre wrote recently about what he believes is Spain's most exciting grape variety, including several styles to try.

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Look behind the labels: Milestones and an Historic Love Affair

Look behind the labels: Milestones and an Historic Love Affair

The Wine Society itself was founded on casks of Portuguese wine back in 1874. Here, Portugal buyer Joanna Locke MW talks us through the country's fascinating wine history.

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Best Specialist Retailer South and Regional France

South & Regional France


Buyer Marcel Orford-Williams, who looks after our southern French range, raises a glass to our members after learning of the award!

Look behind the labels: Pilgrims, Pioneers and Heroes

Look behind the labels: Pilgrims, Pioneers and Heroes

In this article, Marcel explores the history and introduces the fascinating winemakers of this ancient winelands of south-west France.

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Look behind the labels: The Not So Famous 1879 Classification

Look behind the labels: The Not So Famous 1879 Classification

Beaujolais buyer Tim Sykes uncovered a fascinating piece of history on this much-loved region earlier this year.

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Look behind the labels: The Ultimate Guide to Alsace Wines

Look behind the labels: The Ultimate Guide to Alsace Wines

Alsace's magical wines have a strong among members, but still deserve to be better known. This guide covers the key grapes, vineyards and wine styles.

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Best Specialist Retailer Austria



Buyer Freddy Bulmer: 'I have been the Austria buyer at The Wine Society for the last three years and it's a country that I completely fell in love with. The wines are amazing and the people I have the pleasure of working with in Austria are wonderful. I am so happy to be able to see Austrian wine get the recognition it deserves and really proud of all the wonderful suppliers whose wines we work with and who make our range as fantastic as it is. Prost!'

Look behind the labels: Artists of Austria

Look behind the labels: Artists of Austria

Join Freddy on his last buying trip to Austria in this series of videos, meeting the new mavericks and old masters who make this country such an incredible place for wine.

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The People's Choice

Online Retailer of the Year for 2020

We were delighted to start the year with several prizes from The People's Choice Awards held in February 2020.

The newest wine awards on the block, wines are judged in 24 categories based around 'occasionality' rather than style. The ethos of these awards is to give consumers the chance to vote for the wines they love with 'enthusiastic amateurs' forming the panel for the first round of judging. Trade experts and supertasters picked from the first round whittle down the wines at the second round. So, we were thrilled to be named the people's choice for:

- Online Retailer of the Year for 2020

And have three award-winning wines in the following categories:

'Pass the crackers'

'Pass the crackers'

The Society's Saar Riesling 2017

Best white with aromatic and Asian cuisine

Best white with aromatic and Asian cuisine

The Society's Exhibition Alsace Gewurztraminer 2015

Thank you to all members for continuing to support your Society and making us your own 'people's choice!'

Past Awards


2019 was a generous vintage for awards at The Wine Society! Thanks to our members' support ,we were named Best Online Retailer by Decanter and Wine Club of the Year by the International Wine Challenge, along with a number of specialist regional awards:



Decanter Outstanding Wine Retailer of the Year and Online Wine Retailer of the Year 2018

We're honoured to have been named 'Outstanding Wine Retailer of the Year' for the seventh time in eight years, along with 'Online Retailer of the Year'. We were also awarded the top prize for our selection from Regional France, and a silver medal for our Spanish range. The judges concluded: 'A fair few names were in contention for this 'best of the best' award, but ultimately it was the 'sense of joy' that won it for The Wine Society. Top buyers, great wines, good value, impeccable service, constant improvement and a real sense of community. It doesn't get much better.'
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IWC Wine Club of the Year 2018

We are thrilled that for the second year in the row we have won three awards at the International Wine Challenge ceremony. As well as Wine Club of the Year 2018, we also scooped two Specialist Merchant awards for our Regional France and Portugal ranges.
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  • Decanter Outstanding Retailer Of The Year
    'Outstanding value, impeccable range, excellent service, engaging events: The Wine Society is a well-oiled wine machine purring along in the fast lane,' was the verdict of Decanter's expert panel, who named us Retailer of the Year (for the sixth time in seven years), Online Retailer of the Year and France Regional Specialist of the Year.
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  • IWC Wine Club Of The Year 2017
    We were delighted to win this award, as well as two Specialist Merchant awards at the annual International Wine Challenge ceremony, to complement the medals given to some of our wines earlier in the year.
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  • Wine Society success at the Decanter and International Wine Challenge
    The country's two top awards panels have awarded medals and trophies to several of our wines, ranging from a double-Trophy winning under-£10 Vinho Verde to top Vintage Champagne. View the winners.


  • IWC Wine Merchant Of The Year 2016
    The judges said that The Society "has a wonderful list of wines, lovingly curated by one of the best teams of wine buyers in the UK. Staff are immensely effective sellers of the excellently chosen wines." We also won Online Retailer of the Year as well as two Specialist Merchant awards.
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  • Success for Exhibition wines at the Decanter and International Wine Challenge
    The country's two top awards panels have awarded medals and trophies to several of The Society's wines, including three winners from our flagship Exhibition range. View the winners.


  • Decanter National Retailer Of The Year For The Fifth Successive Year
    The panel of expert judges, chaired by Peter Richards MW, unanimously agreed that The Society should once again be awarded this title 'for its exemplary quality, value and service'. Read more.
  • Decanter and IWC award-winning wines
    A number of Society wines were awarded trophies and medals by the country's two top awards panels in 2015.
  • Alsace and Spain ranges recognised by the IWC
    For the eighth consecutive year, The Society's Alsace range was recognised as the country's finest by the International Wine Challenge. The Society was also highly commended for its range of Spanish wines.


  • Decanter National Retailer Of The Year For The Fourth Successive Year
    We were delighted that Decanter's panel of expert judges, chaired by Peter Richards MW, unanimously agreed that The Society should once again be awarded this title based on the strength of our range of wines, our passion for wine and the quality of our service. Read more.
  • IWC Wine Club Of The Year 2014
    The Society has been awarded Wine Club of the Year and Specialist Merchant of the Year for Alsace and Chile by the 2014 International Wine Challenge. Read more.
  • Award-Winning Portuguese Range
    The Association of Portuguese Wine Importers (APWI) seeks to recognise those businesses and individuals who have gone to the greatest lengths to bring wines from Portugal to the forefront of the consumers' mind. In this the tenth anniversary of the awards, The Wine Society received the Online / Mail Order Retailer of the Year award. Read more.


Highlights include:

  • Decanter National Retailer Of The Year For The Third Successive Year
    As a mutual organisation, it is recognition from our membership that matters most. However, it is also pleasing to receive accolades from the wine trade, and we were delighted to be voted National Retailer of the Year at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards. This is the third consecutive year in which The Society has received this award. Read more.
  • IWC Wine Merchant Of The Year 2013
    We are thrilled to announce a record number of awards for The Wine Society from the IWC (International Wine Challenge), including its highest accolade, Wine Merchant of the Year. Read more.


Highlights include:

  • 2012 Decanter and International Wine Challenge Awards Success
    We are delighted to announce that The Society has won the following awards at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards and IWC (International Wine Challenge) Awards: Read more.
  • Portugal: More Success For The Society's Range
    The Wine Society has received the award for Online / Mail Order Retailer of the Year from The APWI (Association of Portuguese Wine Importers). This is the second time in a row The Society has won this award, following on from being awarded the gong for overall APWI Merchant of the Year in 2011. Read more.

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