Our Journal

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

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

17th July, 2014

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

We are delighted that Liberty Wines has been named Large Agent (over 10 employees), On-Trade Supplier and Italy Specialist Merchant of the Year by the International Wine Challenge at last night’s Awards dinner. 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 first time that we have collected it alongside ‘Agent of the Year’ – the two most prestigious trade merchant awards – as well as 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, site, 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.”

Three of our producers were also celebrating last night as they collected major wine awards.  We were thrilled to see Thierry Roset of Charles Heidsieck named Sparkling Winemaker of the Year for the first time, following in the footsteps of the Champagne house’s previous winemakers Daniel Thibault (who won the award six times) and Régis Camus (eight times). Jean-Claude Boisset winemaker Grégory Patriat collected the Champion Red Wine Trophy for his 2012 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, while Charles Back of Fairview and Goats do Roam received the IWC Lifetime Achievement Award 2014.

Main image clockwise from left: David Gleave MW accepts the On-Trade Supplier of the Year award from Tim Atkin MW; the Liberty Wines team stand to salute Charles Back; Grégory Patriat with his Champion Red Wine Trophy; Charles Back of Fairview accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award.