Independent Wine & Spirits Retailer of the Year
Are you an independent wine and spirit retailer?
The IWSC is opening the Independent Wine & Spirits Retailer of the Year Award to those businesses with a single premises only…
This award recognises and rewards the key role played by independent merchants in their local community, encouraging the understanding and sales of quality wines and spirits. Entries are judged on the quality of their range, service and display; including value added, promotional events and tastings and their digital/social presence. We will be awarding two trophies - one recognising the quality of range of spirits (sponsored by Double Dutch) and one recognising the quality of range of wines.
Here’s your chance to get the recognition you deserve. All you have to do is complete the form to register your interest for the competition. If you fit the criteria, you'll be sent some information to share with your customers to encourage them to vote for you! The top five entrants will then go forward to round 2…
Retailers, importers and distributors are automatically considered for the trophies below, depending on their performance in the competition. Those with the most medals, or the highest proportion of medals per overall entries, will be shortlisted. There is no extra charge for entry.
Supermarket of the Year
Supermarkets will be judged on the performance of their portfolio of wines and spirits in the competition, and then an expert panel will review supporting materials submitted by the successful shortlisted retailers. These supporting materials will provide details of range, education, marketing and social media, events and merchandising.
Supermarket Innovator of the Year
The Supermarket Innovator of the Year category recognises and rewards how a retailer may have changed the landscape of the wine and/or spirits industry. To be considered, the Innovator of the Year will be judged on the performance of their portfolio of wines and spirits in the competition, and then an expert panel will review supporting materials submitted by the successful shortlisted retailers. These supporting materials will provide details of innovations, pioneering initiatives, range, marketing and merchandising.
Winery Innovator of the Year - Sponsored by Vivino
The Winery Innovator of the Year Award will be awarded to the winery that has done most to get better wine to more people using imagination and initiative via innovative techniques in production, distribution, marketing or business model innovation or any other method.
The IWSC and Vivino want to open the invitation to ALL wineries – so if you haven’t entered any products into the competition that doesn’t matter – we still want to hear from you!
Wine Importer of the Year & Spirit Distributor of the Year
The Wine Importer of the Year and Spirit Distributor of the Year Awards are judged in two stages. First, they will be judged on a selection of their portfolio in the competition which showcases the breadth and depth of their range (in terms of quality, price point and regions). Then, these results will be reviewed by a panel which will also take into consideration supporting materials which consider specialisms, events, education and marketing.
- “It's one of the most prestigious awards that we've ever won and we're the first English winery to have ever won this award so we're shocked, stunned but absolutely delighted.”Tamara RobertsCEO, Ridgeview Wine Estate
- “The IWSC is something that I've worked around and respected for a long time, so it's a real privilege to see the IWSC recognising what we do.”Tom SandhamCo-founder, Thinking Drinkers
- “Vivino is one of the biggest innovators in the current wine industry, and the IWSC is a prestigious wine awards, so it felt like a natural fit that we should award wineries that go above and beyond.”Paul JonesUK Country Manager, Vivino