Aldi picks up prestigious drinks retailer of the year gong

Aldi has been named Best Multiple Drinks Retailer of the Year in the Harpers Awards.

It beat off competition from 2014’s winner Co-op and Waitrose, which was also in the running for the gong.

The Harpers Awards are designed to celebrate the crème de la crème of the wine and spirits world.

This is the second such accolade that Aldi has received this year; in February it was named Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards in February.

This year Aldi’s drinks range has won over 130 awards at international competitions.

Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi, said:  “It has been a record year for Aldi as the UK continues to wholeheartedly embrace our philosophy to sell a tight range of keenly priced products that doesn’t compromise on taste or quality.

“To get the stamp of approval from Harpers, one of the most prestigious drinks awards in the business – is testament to our buyers’ hard work and commitment, and really is worth raising a glass to.”

The win comes days after Aldi announced that it is to sell selected wines online by the case from early 2016.

Other Harpers Award winners announced at Vinapolis in London include Naked Wines and Oddbins.

Click here to see full list of nominees and winners.


Record haul of medal winners in UK wine awards

There has been a record-breaking haul of medal-winners  in the UK wine industry’s annual national wine awards – The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition.

It is organised by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association and this year saw the largest number of wines ever entered … 327 wines, from over 90 producers all over the UK.

United Kingdom Vineyards Association

The wines were judged over two days by a team of six Masters of Wine – the only competition in the world judged entirely and only ever by Masters of Wine.

The judges awarded 284 medals and a further 26 wines gained Highly Commended status.

The UK’s top three most widely planted grape varieties – chardonnay, pinot noir and bacchus – dominated the trophies, producing winners in all but one category: the still rosé.

The trophy winners

Vintners’ Trophy – The most outstanding sparkling wine
Langham Wine Estate Classic Cuvée 2011

Jack Ward Memorial Salver – The most outstanding large production wine – 2013 vintage
Albourne Estate Bacchus 2014

McNie Trophy – The most outstanding oaked white wine
Gusbourne Estate Guinevere 2013

Wine Guild Trophy – The most outstanding large production wine – any other year
New Hall Pinot Noir Rosé 2013

Tom Day Trophy – The most outstanding single varietal wine
Albourne Estate Bacchus 2014

Dudley Quirk Memorial Trophy – The most outstanding large production wine(>10,000 litres)
Chapel Down Bacchus 2014

President’s Trophy – The most outstanding small production wine (<1500 litres)
Plumpton Estate The Dean Blush Brut NV

Waitrose Rosé Trophy – The most outstanding still rosé wine
Meopham Valley Vineyard Rosé 2014

Bob Lindo Trophy – The most outstanding sparkling rosé wine
Plumpton Estate The Dean Blush Brut NV

Hattingley Valley Entice 2014, UK wine award winner
Hattingley Valley Entice 2014

Bernard Theobald Trophy – The most outstanding red wine
Sharpham Vineyard Pinot Noir and Précoce 2013

Berwick Trophy – The most outstanding large production unchaptalised still wine
Hattingley Valley Entice 2014

Stefanowicz Trophy – The most outstanding sweet wine
Hattingley Valley Entice 2014

Montagu Trophy – Best presented wine
Castle Brook Vineyard Classic Cuvée 2009