The results of the 2nd Wines of Chile “Independent Wine Merchant Awards” have been announced and the 5 winners are:
Aitken Wines – Dundee
Christopher Piper Wines Ltd – St Mary, Devon
Corkscrew Wines – Carlisle
Great Horkesley Wine Centre – Colchester
Leamington Wine – Leamington Spa
To tie in with Chile’s National Day celebrations, our UK office asked merchants entering the competition to put Chile in the spotlight during the month of September. Entrants this year were outstanding in their efforts with tastings and events, supported by newsletters and other social media activities.
Michael Cox, Director, Wines of Chile – Europe, said “We were particularly impressed with the breadth of the ranges at merchants entering and the real commitment to providing their customers with choice and quality. The winning merchants showed real enthusiasm for Chile in their communications, whether through tasting events, local newspapers, radio, newsletters and in store displays.”
New for this year was an on-line public vote which counted towards the final decisions. The merchants taking part were encouraged to ask their customers to vote for them on www.winesofchile.org/yourlocal with winners Corkscrew Wines, Christopher Piper Wines and Great Horksley Wine Centre being particularly popular with customers.
The winners will each win £500 plus a trip of a lifetime to Chile in January 2012 to see this extraordinary country for themselves and to hunt down new wines for their shops.
5 Runners up will each receive £500:
ExCellar – SW6, Ashtead & Claygate
QP Wines – Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
Meadows Wine – Edinburgh
Park Vintners Ltd – London SW19
Rodney Densem Wines – Nantwich
For further details, please contact Wines of Chile UK at: 01344 872229 or by email at: info (a) winesofchile.org.uk