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2018 Awards

Decanter World Wine Awards

Society success at the 2018 Decanter Awards
Outstanding Retailer Of The Year
Best Online Retailer
Best Regional France Specialist
Spanish Specialist - Runner-Up
Outstanding Retailer Of The Year
Best Online Retailer
Best Regional France Specialist
Spanish Specialist - Runner-Up


‘Top buyers, great wines, good value, impeccable service’. Not our words, but those of Decanter judges, who awarded us with ‘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.

Here’s what the judges said:

  • Outstanding Wine Retailer of the Year
    ‘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.’

  • Online Retailer of the Year
    ‘The Wine Society continues to improve and innovate, reaching out to new consumers and engaging existing ones via its community and forum and investing in its online operations.’

  • Regional France: Specialist Merchant of the Year
    ‘Hard to fault The Wine Society’s strength and breadth when it comes to regional French wine, from Alsace to Corsica via Madiran and Beaujolais, with three outstanding buyers covering more than 150 wines at competitive price points.’


International Wine Challenge Awards

Society success at the 2018 International Wine Challenge

The ‘Oscars of the wine trade’ returned in July and we were delighted once again to receive three IWC awards:

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

We were also shortlisted for Specialist Merchant for South America and for Spain, as well as Online Merchant of the Year.

The judges said: 'Another outstanding year for The Wine Society with a huge range of offers and countries explored. Clear benefits for members include myriad events and walkaround tastings as well as extraordinary cellaring facilities. Customer service is always amazing.’

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