Success at the International Wine Challenge Awards

The International Wine Challenge’s Awards Dinner took place last night and we were delighted to continue our success there, winning three Merchant trophies.   
 
We were named Italian Merchant of the Year for the 18th time, On-Trade Merchant of the Year for the 11th time, and Educator of the Year for the 4th consecutive year. No other company has won these last two more than once.

It was also a winning night for many of our producers. Rare Champagne 2006 won the Champion Sparkling Wine, which was followed by the Champion Sweet Wine Trophy for Capezzana’s Vin Santo Riserva 2011 before Justino’s Madeira Terrantez 1978 took the Champion Fortified Wine. Cyril Brun of Charles Heidsieck was named Sparkling Winemaker of the Year. The 2017 Papa Figos Red from Casa Ferreirinha had already won the Portuguese Red Trophy and last night was crowned ‘Great Value Champion Red Wine’. 

Tolpuddle Vineyard 2017 Chardonnay took the Australian White Trophy, Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 the English Sparkling Trophy and Valdespino’s Oloroso Don Gonzalo VOS 20 YO took the Sherry Trophy. 

This is a superb result for Liberty Wines. The judges commented, ‘Liberty Wines is the gold standard and is always improving’. As always, this is down to the cumulative efforts of the fantastic team we have in place, who never stop trying to exceed the expectations of our customers, and to our suppliers, without whom we would not have what we feel is the best portfolio of wines in Ireland.

A huge thank you to all for your continued support.