2017 Awards

Decanter World Wine Awards

Winning members’ affections is our proud priority, but winning the admiration of our peers in the wine trade is an honour and a pleasure, too. We are therefore thrilled to announce that we were given three awards at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards:

  • Outstanding Retailer of the Year for the sixth time in seven years
    Judges’ comments: ‘Outstanding value, impeccable range, excellent service, engaging events: The Wine Society is a well-oiled wine machine purring along in the fast lane. The Retailer Awards judges deliberate long and hard over who is the most deserving recipient of this prestigious award, but The Wine Society ended up as the unanimous choice. The wine lover’s wine merchant.’
  • Online Retailer of the Year
    Judges’ comments: ‘The Wine Society professes to have ‘all guns blazing on digital at the moment’ – a revamped website with personalised home pages, free named-day delivery and excellent, ever-improving online experience saw it prevail.’
  • Regional France Specialist of the Year
    We were also delighted to see our regional French range named the UK’s best by both Decanter and the International Wine Challenge this year, a testament to the hard work of buyers Marcel Orford-Williams, Joanna Locke MW and Tim Sykes, the talents of the many wonderful growers with whom we work and, above all, the enthusiasm and support of our members.

Several of our wines received Trophies and medals from both Decanter and the International Wine Challenge earlier in the year. See below for details.

International Wine Challenge Awards

International Wine Challenge Awards

Another year, another IWC (International Wine Challenge) Awards ceremony, and this year The Society received three accolades from our peers in the trade at London's Hilton on Park Lane, namely:

  • Wine Club of the Year (a regular award for us)
  • Specialist Merchant for Regional France (for the second year in a row)
  • Specialist Merchant for Portugal (for the third time)

As well as these, The Society was shortlisted for Specialist Merchant for South America and for Spain.

The judges said 'The Wine Society offers a brilliant range of wines as well as outstanding service. This is a true club, in that you have to be a member to be able to buy the wines. It is well established but still at the top of its game.'


International Wine Challenge & Decanter

While members’ approval will always matter the most to us, it is very pleasing to see the wines which we work hard to source for our membership recognised by these two independent panels of experts. We are delighted to share 2017’s winners from these prestigious competitions below.


Adega de Monção Muralhas, Vinho Verde 2016 (£8.50)

International Wine Challenge: Portuguese White Trophy
International Wine Challenge: Vinho Verde Trophy

Beaumes-de-Venise, Grangeneuve, Domaine de Saint Amant 2014 (£11.95)

Decanter Platinum Award: Best Southern Rhône Red

The Society’s Exhibition Alsace Gewurztraminer 2012 (£13.95)

International Wine Challenge: Alsace Gewurztraminer Trophy

Undurraga TH Maule Garnacha-Cariñena-Monastrell 2013 (£16)

International Wine Challenge: Cauquenes Red Blend Trophy

Pirie Tasmanian Traditional Method Sparkling Wine NV (£24)

Decanter Platinum Award: Best Australian Sparkling Wine

Sondraia Bolgheri Superiore, Poggio al Tesoro 2013 (£28)

Decanter Platinum Award: Best Tuscan Red

Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Spätlese, Dr Thanisch 2015 (£30)

Decanter Platinum Award: Best German Sweet Wine

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013 (£45)

Decanter Platinum Award: Best Sweet Wine

Charles Heidsieck Rosé Millésime 2006 (£74)

International Wine Challenge: Vintage Rosé Champagne Trophy
International Wine Challenge: Rosé Champagne Trophy


Anselmo Mendes Contacto Alvarinho, Vinho Verde 2016 (£12.50)

International Wine Challenge: Gold Medal

Blind Spot Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016 (£9.50)

International Wine Challenge: Gold Medal

Half bottle of The Society's Exhibition Sauternes 2014 (£10.95)

Decanter: Gold Medal

Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Syrah 2015 (£10.95)

International Wine Challenge: Gold Medal

Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada (£11.95)

International Wine Challenge: Gold Medal

Half bottle of Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat, 12 Years Old (£16.50)

Decanter: Gold Medal

Henriques and Henriques Malvasia, 10 years old 50cl (£19.50)

International Wine Challenge: Gold Medal

Barolo Roggeri, Ciabot Berton 2012 (£26)

Decanter: Gold Medal

Graticciaia, Vallone 2012 (£33)

Decanter: Gold Medal

Graham's Tawny Port 20 Years Old (£37)

Decanter: Gold Medal

Vinsanto 12 Years Barrel Aged, Argyros (£42)

Decanter: Gold Medal

Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésime 2005 (£62)

International Wine Challenge: Gold Medal

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