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Decanter Retailer Awards 2023 Shortlist announced

Discover which retailers made this year's list.

Unveiling the Decanter Retailer Awards 2023 Shortlist - your go-to guide for the finest wine shops, top online retailers, wine specialists, and exceptional wine services in the UK.

After the resounding success of the 2022 edition, where outstanding retailers were celebrated for their commitment to providing unparalleled wine choices and exceptional consumer experiences, the anticipation has been palpable for this year’s Decanter Retailer Awards (DRA) results.

The 2023 edition of Decanter Retailer Awards was led by a judging panel of seven independent experts who thoroughly reviewed and discussed entries.

The long and never easy, yet pleasant and exciting judging process ‘perfectly orchestrated by Peter Richards MW’– the DRA Chairman – as Master of Wine and fellow judge Simon Field mentioned.


Scroll down to see the 2023 Shortlist


Judging process highlights

Highlighting the strength, depth and breadth of the UK retail sector, wine educator, writer and MW student Leona De Pasquale noted that: ‘While unanimous decisions were often reached, some entries required extensive deliberations and votes were required due to exceedingly tight competition. This underscores the vibrant and remarkable wine scene that UK consumers are fortunate to enjoy.’

Impressed by the high quality of entrants she added: ‘While reviewing entry forms and achievements of retailers over the past year, I found myself pondering, “What more could this retailer possibly accomplish in one year? They have seemingly exhausted all avenues of excellence!”’

New categories

This year saw the opening of new categories which highlight the current wine industry and consumers trends including: Own Brand Wine Range, Best wine buyers and categories recognising excellence amongst UK wineries.

Excited and impressed by the quality of entries, long standing DRA judge Laura Clay commented: ‘It was thrilling to read the entrants for our new categories of UK Cellar Door and UK Winery Wine Club. I couldn’t help but feel proud as I reached for my diary to fill my weekends with visits.’

As part of evaluating the entries for Best Wine Buyer and Buying Team she added: ‘These people are often the unsung heroes and heroines of our wonderful business. It is they who ensure that we have the diversity, quality and value on our wine shelves and they work supremely hard in doing so.’

The judges also noted this year’s winners and runners-up in the new wine buyer categories are people that are ‘very good role models for people who want to work in the wine trade. A wonderful story and case study for people to see!’.

The 2023 Shortlist and charity support

After a thorough and long judging process of our reviewing, revisiting and evaluating entries, the wine retailers that have been shortlisted on this year’s DRA list have been announced and Simon Field MW summing it up: ‘I feel that the results reflect the depth in the UK retail sector and provide a good balance between younger outlets and the more traditional retailers.’

In support of the drinks industry, and for a fourth year running, revenue from the Decanter Retailer Awards 2023 will be donated to UK drinks industry charities. Learn more about last year’s donation here.

Below discover this year’s Shortlist, with outstanding retailers to support and celebrate across the nation…


Final results will be announced on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September at 11am BST on @Decanter and @Decanterawards Instagram stories and Twitter, followed by full results on Decanter.com and in Decanter magazine’s October 2023 Issue, on sale 5th October.


Decanter Retailer Awards 2023 Shortlist

Best Newcomer Shortlist

Amphora Cambridge Ltd
Perfect Cellar
Brunswick Fine Wines & Spirits
Jesmond Wine Company
Redwood Wines

Green Champion of the Year Shortlist

Direct Wines
Ellis Wharton Wines Ltd
Old Chapel Cellars
The Online Tasting Club
The Wine Society
Virgin Wines

Virtual Wine Experience Shortlist 

Perfect Cellar
The Online Tasting Club
The Wine Society

Best Hybrid Wine Retailer Shortlist 

Humble Grape
The Sourcing Table
Ultracomida
Vagabond Wines
Aspen & Meursault

Best Small Online Retailer Shortlist

Vin Cognito
Perfect Cellar
Marlo Wine
The Sourcing Table
Wickhams

Best Midsize Online Retailer Shortlist

Cru World Wine
Wanderlust Wine
Swig Wines Ltd
House of Townend

Best Large Online Retailer Shortlist

Majestic Wine 
Naked Wines
Ocado
The Wine Society

Best National Wine Retailer Shortlist

Amathus Drinks
Majestic Wine
Tanners Wines

Best Supermarket Shortlist 

Aldi
Marks & Spencer
Waitrose & Partners Ltd


Regional Categories

Best Regional Wine Shop – London Shortlist 

Noble Green Wines
Highbury Vintners
Uncorked Ltd

Best Regional Wine Shop – North East England Shortlist 

Carruthers & Kent
Field and Fawcett
Bon Coeur Fine Wines Ltd
House of Townend
Jesmond Wine Company

Best Regional Wine Shop – South West England Shortlist 

Constantine Stores Ltd
Cave
Ellis Wharton Wines Ltd
Old Chapel Cellars

Best Regional Wine Shop – Scotland Shortlist 

Abbey Fine Wines
Cockburns of Leith
St Andrews Wine Company

Best Regional Wine Shop – Wales Shortlist 

Fine Wines Direct UK
ND John Wine Merchants Ltd
Noble Grape

Best Regional Wine Shop – Northern Ireland 

James Nicholson Wine Ltd
KWM Wine & Spirits

Best Regional Multi Store – London Shortlist 

Jeroboams
Lea & Sandeman
The Good Wine Shop
The Sourcing Table

Best Regional Multi Store – Central England Shortlist 

Cambridge Wine Merchants
The Wee Vinoteca


Specialist Categories

Best Specialist Retailer Bordeaux Shortlist 

Bordeaux Index
Cru Wine Limited
Justerini & Brooks
Majestic Wine

Best Specialist Retailer Burgundy Shortlist 

House of Townend
Justerini & Brooks

Best Specialist Retailer Central & Eastern Europe Shortlist 

Amathus Drinks
Amphora Cambridge Ltd
Novel Wines Ltd

Best Specialist Retailer Champagne & Sparkling Shortlist 

Cambridge Wine Merchants
Jeroboams
Justerini & Brooks
Lea & Sandeman
Majestic Wine
Marks & Spencer
Sip Champagnes Ltd
The Whisky Exchange
Waitrose & Partners Ltd

Best Specialist Retailer England & Wales Shortlist 

Corkk Ltd
Grape Britannia
Waitrose & Partners Ltd
Wickhams

Best Specialist Retailer Germany Shortlist 

Howard Ripley Wines
Justerini & Brooks
The Wine Barn

Best Specialist Retailer Italy Shortlist 

Bat and Bottle Wine Merchants
Jeroboams
Justerini & Brooks
Lea & Sandeman
Majestic Wine
Swig Wines Ltd

Best Specialist Retailer Portugal Shortlist 

Festa Wine
Vintage Wine and Port Ltd

Best Specialist Retailer Rhône Shortlist 

Carringtons Wines
Justerini & Brooks

Best Specialist Retailer South Africa Shortlist 

Justerini & Brooks
Majestic Wine
Museum Wines
SugarBird Wines
Swig Wines Ltd
Uncorked Ltd

Best Specialist Retailer Spain Shortlist 

Highbury Vintners
Justerini & Brooks
Majestic Wine
Ultracomida

Best Specialist Retailer Sweet & Fortified Shortlist 

Cambridge Wine Merchants
Vintage Wine and Port Ltd
Waitrose & Partners Ltd

Best Specialist Retailer USA Shortlist 

Ally Wines
Four Corners Wine Company Ltd
Justerini & Brooks
Majestic Wine
Roberson Wine


Wine Support Services

Best En Primeur Campaign Shortlist 

Jeroboams (Bordeaux Campaign)
Justerini & Brooks (Bordeaux Campaign)
Justerini & Brooks (Burgundy Campaign)

Best Subscription Wine Club Shortlist 

Bat and Bottle Wine Merchants
Highbury Vintners
Majestic Wine
Naked Wines
Ourglass & Partners Ltd
The Sourcing Table
The Vineking


New Categories

Best UK Winery Wine Club Shortlist 

Gusbourne
Ridgeview Wine Estate

Best UK Cellar Door Shortlist 

Ashling Park Estate
Gusbourne
Ridgeview Wine Estate
Tinwood Estate
White Castle Vineyard
Wiston Estate

Best Own Brand Wine Range Shortlist 

Aldi
Averys
Lidl GB
Marks & Spencer
The Wine Society

Best Wine Buyer Shortlist 

Cong Cong Bo (Amphora Cambridge Ltd)
James Goodhart (Bon Coeur Fine Wines Ltd)
Andrew Chudley (Davy’s Wine Merchants)
Elizabeth Kelly (Majestic Wine)
Dror Nativ (Marks & Spencer)
Peter Crawford (Sip Champagnes Ltd)
Nelson Pari (Swig Wines Ltd)
Sophie Lord (Virgin Wines)

Best Wine Buying Team Shortlist 

House of Townend
Majestic Wine
Marks & Spencer
Museum Wines
Naked Wines
The Wine Society
Vagabond Wines
Virgin Wines


Judges’ Choice & Outstanding Wine Retailer of the Year

Judges’ Choice is awarded at the judges’ discretion to highlight a retailer who is doing something different, innovative and creative. There is no shortlist for this category, but every entrant is considered. This category includes one runner-up and one winner.

Outstanding Wine Retailer of the Year is awarded to one retailer only and is selected from all entrants in all categories. This award is given to the retailer who, in the eyes of our panel of judges, has delivered the best wine retail experience for UK consumers between 1 June 2022 and 31 May 2023. There is no shortlist for this category.


Decanter Retailer Awards homepage

See the DRA 2022 results 

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