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Liberty Wines named IWC On-Trade Supplier, Italy Specialist Merchant & Australia Specialist Merchant of the Year

20th July, 2015

Liberty Wines named IWC On-Trade Supplier, Italy Specialist Merchant & Australia Specialist Merchant of the Year

Liberty Wines has been named On-Trade Supplier of the Year for the seventh successive year by the International Wine Challenge, which is now in its 32nd year and acknowledged to be the world‘s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. The IWC judges commented that this was one of the most competitive awards of the night, praising Liberty Wines for "an outstanding range offering tremendous diversity and an astonishing commitment to the category" and noting our "success in promoting premiumisation and trading customers up.”

As "champions of the renaissance of Australian wines", the IWC judges named us Australia Specialist Merchant of the Year, as well as Italy Specialist Merchant of the Year for the 13th time and fourth year in a row.

David Gleave MW, managing director at Liberty Wines, says: “We are thrilled to receive the On-Trade Supplier and Italy Specialist Merchant awards against very tough competition this year, and see our efforts to promote high quality regional Australian wines recognised by the Australia Specialist Merchant award. These accolades are a credit to the great team spirit and sheer hard work of everyone at Liberty Wines as well as the excellence of our producers and wines. Of course, we are only as good as our customers and we thank them for challenging us to provide even better service and spurring us on to source exciting new wines.”

Charles Heidsieck also celebrated yet more IWC success as their 1995 Blanc de Millénaires scooped the Champion Sparkling Wine Trophy and the house won the Len Evans Trophy for consistently high achievements at the IWC over the past five years. During this time, the judges commented, “with Régis (Camus) and Thierry (Roset) at the helm, Champagne Charles Heidsieck has won 10 trophies, 23 gold medals, seven silver and a single bronze. The wines continue to improve with age and have all been examples of consistency in its purest form.” A special tribute was made to the late Thierry Roset, who was named Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at last year’s IWC and was shortlisted for the award this year.

In addition, Capezzana’s 2008 Vin Santo was shortlisted for the Sweet Wine Trophy and the Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 was shortlisted for the Red Wine Trophy.

Photo: David Gleave MW accepts the IWC On-Trade Supplier of the Year award from Peter McCombie MW © Rob Lawson Photography Ltd