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A night of ‘unprecedented success’ at the IWC Merchant Awards

18th July, 2014

A night of ‘unprecedented success’ at the IWC Merchant Awards

The International Wine Challenge is one of the longest running and most widely recognised and respected international wine competitions in the world. This year we are delighted to share the news that Liberty Wines has scooped an unprecedented number of the top merchant awards.

Liberty Wines has been named On-Trade Supplier and Italy Specialist Merchant of the Year. A fantastic evening was crowned by the IWC’s presentation, for the first time ever, of an overall ‘Trade Merchant of the Year’ award in acknowledgement of our consistent success.   
This is the sixth successive year that Liberty Wines has won the highly competitive On-Trade Supplier of the Year and the 12th time that we have been named Italy Specialist Merchant of the Year.   

The judges commented that “Liberty Wines offers outstanding service to its customers and has an excellent range of wines. In fact it is the gold standard for the On-Trade… It manages to target all areas of the business and has an enthusiastic, energetic and highly knowledgeable team.”  

David Gleave MW, managing director at Liberty Wines, says: “Over the past 12 months, we have made significant investments in our team, portfolio, service, training, logistics, technology and environmental policy as we strive to be supplier of choice for the premium wine sector.   

“We are not a large company so it is a credit to the sheer hard work of everyone at Liberty Wines, as well as the excellence of our producers and wines, that we have received such fantastic recognition at this year’s IWC Merchant Awards. However, we are only as good as our customers, so we have them to thank for trusting our judgements by buying the wines we import.”  

We were also thrilled to see Jean-Claude Boisset winemaker Grégory Patriat collect the Champion Red Wine Trophy for his 2012 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru.