It’s our 58th year as a wine merchant in Great Horkesley and our 22nd year in charge. We have won both New Zealand Winegrowers and Wines of Chile “Independent Wine Merchant of the year” competitions (the latter, twice), and we’ve won several Old World regional categories as well, Côtes du Rhône Retailer of the Year and a bursary by Sherry Wines UK. Most recently, in 2021, we won the double for New Zealand Wines: Wine Searcher “Gold Medal” for range, and New Zealand Winegrowers “Best Independent Wine Merchant” for promotion of NZ wines, first equal with two others.
For the first time last year we were also included in the exclusive independent wine merchant club “UK`s Top 50” as voted for by over 100 judges out of over 800 wine merchants. We were naturally delighted and thrilled by each award; such recognition by one’s peers is very rewarding, of course.
However, in recent years we have achieved great guns locally, too, and in many ways these mean even more to us. We won Essex Life’s Wine & Food Retailer of the year as well as the coveted Essex Countywide Business Award, Retailer of the Year, both prestigious local awards. We were especially proud of the first because it included the food category for the first time. We had not long branched out with a fledgling deli and hamper business in support of the wine business, and this recognition vindicated the adventure in a way which propelled us forward in local people’s minds. The business award was also significant, not least because we had by then embarked on further diversification by annexing The Gift Room to the wine and deli shop and adding Riedel glassware. The award was recognition of us as a “Retailer”, incorporating everything we do – from wine, glassware & deli to gifts, fashion & entertainment – a business award, voted for by business people.
In 2018 we embarked on an on-line adventure, this gift-dedicated website (we hope you like it), serving customers UK wide wanting that special gift for the wine, Champagne, spirit and beer lover who will really appreciate it.