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2021 International Wine Challenge success!

We are thrilled to announce that The Wine Society scooped six coveted awards at the 'Oscars of the wine trade', the International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards

Accepting IWC awards

The Wine Society has won six awards at the 2021 International Wine Challenge:

  • Merchant of the Year
  • Wine Club of the Year
  • Dynamic Merchant of the Year
  • Specialist Merchant Awards for Austria, Regional France and Portugal
This year the judges unanimously voted for the company that might well be long-established but it took the challenges of last year and turned them to their advantage and has been growing ever since, more customers and more wine sold – amazing.
Helen McGinn, IWC co-chair and UK Merchant Awards judge

As well as the top prize of Merchant of the Year and the Wine Club of the Year award, we were also named Dynamic Merchant of the Year – a new award recognising the extraordinary events of 2020 and our efforts to adapt to the changing landscape. In the judges' words, 'They didn't miss a trick. In fact, they grabbed the opportunities and then some!'

We were also delighted to see members' enthusiasm for our wines and our buyers' efforts to source the best and brightest of their regions recognised in the form of three Specialist Merchant of the Year regional awards, which you can read about below.

'…a company that really understands their customers and, far from resting on their laurels, are making great steps to engage with a younger audience. They really have had a phenomenal year' – Helen McGinn

Receiving these three awards from such a well-respected panel is a genuine honour and a testament to the fantastic support members have shown during a year like no other. We love getting great wine out to our members and love that our members feel a real sense of pride and ownership of The Wine Society. Our team has worked hard for our members over the past year; we never forget that we are owned by, and work for you. Thank you for your support.

Browse our award winning wines

Wine region awards

We are current Eastern European, Portugal and Regional France Specialists of the Year with the IWC, and Decanter’s Best specialist retailer for Austria, Southern & Regional France and Spain & Portugal.

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