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Retailers, importers and distributors are automatically considered for a Retailer or Business Award 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.

Business Awards

Wine Importer of the Year & Spirit Distributor of the Year

The Wine and Spirit Distributor of the Year Award is judged in two stages. First, importers 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.

Retailer Awards

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.

Independent Wine & Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year

The Independent Retailers awards recognises the key role played by independent merchants in 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.

Upcoming Deadlines

05 June

Extended Spirits Deadline (Rum, Tequila, Gin, Liqueurs, Vodka) Final Deadline

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06 July

South Africa Final Deadline

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13 July

Central & South America (except Mexico & Argentina) Group Shipping

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27 July

Mexico Final Deadline

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Upcoming Events

24 May
27 May

WWM Asia

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

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29 May
31 May

Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018

Hong Kong

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18 June
19 Jun

Bulles-Expo 2018

Paris, France

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24 July

IWSC Spirits Tasting 2018

Vintners' Hall

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