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DWWA 2013: Retailer and Readers’ Awards

The full results of the 2013 DWWA Retailer and Readers' Awards were announced on 4 September 2013. Here are the winners...

The 2013 Shortlist are as follows, find out who won a coveted Decanter Retailer of the Year Award:

Supermarket of the Year:



WM Morrison



Winner: Tesco

Runner up: M&S

Innovator of the Year (Judges’ Award): Morrisons

National Wine Merchant of the Year:



Wine Society

WineTrust 100

Berry Bros & Rudd

Winner: Wine Society

Runner up: Majestic

London Wine Merchant of the Year:

Fortnum & Mason

Hedonism Wines

Lea & Sandeman

New Street Wine Shop

Robertson Wines

The Sampler

Winner: Hedonism Wines

Runner up: New Street Wine Shop

Regional Wine Merchant of the Year:

Corks Out


Ellis & Wharton

Great Western Wines

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Whalley Wine Shop

Winner: Loki

Runner up: The Whalley Wine Shop/ Great Western Wines

Specialist Merchant of the Year:

Bordeaux Index

South Africa Wines Online

Vini Italiani

Wine Pantry (England)

Vintage Roots

Yapp Wines

Winner: Vini Italiani

Runner up: Wine Pantry (England)

Readers’ award: Best local wine merchant

Wine Pantry

Readers’ award: Best national wine merchant


Click here to see the winners of this year’s Retailer Awards collect their certificates on stage at this year’s Decanter presentation dinner at The Royal Opera House

Who? What? Where? When?

Each year, Decanter seeks out the finest, most popular wine retailers in the UK. Their performance is judged by a panel of industry experts based on quality and innovation over the past year – and by you, the readers.

The retailer awards are split into five categories:

• Supermarket of the year

• National Wine Merchant of the Year

• London Wine Merchant of the Year

• Regional Wine Merchant of the Year

• Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year

And the nominations are…

It’s you, the readers, that make the call on who gets nominated for what. We ask you to put forward your favourite wine retailers and from this a shortlist is drawn up.

Decanter then asks the shortlisted retailers to submit detailed information on their consumer activity over the past year, focusing on the quality and value of their range, customer service and innovations implemented throughout the year.

Based on this evidence our expert judging panel then discuss each retailer before eventually allocating scores and even visiting one or two retailers for a closer inspection.

Meet the judges:

1. Peter Richards MW (Chairman) – Wine Expert, BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen

2. Allan Cheesman – Industry consultant

3. Tom Cannavan – Publisher/editor www.wine-pages.com

4. Fiona Beckett – Contributing Editor, Decanter. Wine Columnist, The Guardian

5. Anthony Rose – Wine columnist, The Independent

The Readers’ Award: The ultimate accolade…

In addition to the judges’ verdict, we ask Decanter subscribers to cast their vote for their favourite wine retailers.

In the July issue of Decanter magazine, we gave subscribers an exclusive reference number to vote online in two categories:

– Readers’ Award for Best National Wine Merchant

– Readers’ Awards for Best Local Wine Merchant

The award goes to…

The results of both the Retailer and Readers’ Awards are announced at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards presentation dinner at the Royal Opera House on 4 September and also appear in the October issue of the Decanter World Wine Awards magazine alongside the full results of the 2013 DWWA competition.


Written by Emma Salter

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