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International Wine Challenge

Party in the aisles: UK shoppers ‘spoilt for choice’ in the wine aisle as 498 supermarket wines pick up medals at International Wine Challenge 2015

33 supermarket wines strike Gold at prestigious wine competition 

  • 498 own-brand and exclusive supermarket wines pick up top medals with Golds for Aldi, Asda, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco, The Co-operative and Waitrose
  • Marks & Spencer tops medal chart with 169
  • Aldi Riesling with £6.99 price tag awarded Gold medal

Wine fans looking for a top tipple should look no further than their local supermarket, according to the results of the 2015 International Wine Challenge announced today. 498 own-brand and exclusive supermarket wines received medals at the prestigious wine competition, 138 more than last year, as UK retailers continue to improve their wine ranges.Wines created for Aldi, Asda, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Co-operative and Waitrose all picked up Gold medals, with 33 in total being awarded to supermarket wines.

  • Top of the medal table is Marks & Spencer, which received 169 medals in total, including 12 Gold, 52 Silver and 105 Bronze medals. Named the IWC Supermarket of the Year in 2014, the retailer continued to prove it is at the top of its game when it comes to selecting exceptional wines for consumers. Marks & Spencer Mount Bluff NV Sparkling Chardonnay is expected to be a particular favourite with consumers, especially when they spot the £13 price tag. Sherry enthusiasts can pick up Gold medal winning examples in M&S created for the retailer by the world-famous sherry producer Emilio Lustau. Marks & Spencer Very Rare Dry Oloroso NV and Marks & Spencer Dry Old Palo Cortado NV are both an absolute steal at £8 per half-bottle.
  • Tesco was awarded a total of five Gold medals over the two tranches of the IWC competition, as well as 22 Silver and 48 Bronze medals. White wine fans should try to get their hands on Tesco finest* Chablis 2013 (RRP £9.99) or Tesco finest* Sancerre 2013 (RRP £11.99), as both scooped Gold at the competition. Tesco finest* Vintage Grand Cru Champagne 2007 was also awarded Gold and would leave you change from £25, showing you don’t need to break the bank to get a fine champagne.
  • Alternatively, fizz fans can head to Sainsbury’s and pick up Winemakers’ selection by Sainsbury’s Blanc de Blanc Champagne Brut NV, which costs just £20 and struck Gold at the competition. Sainsbury’s scooped a total of four Gold medals, as well as 16 Silver medals and 40 Bronze. Other Gold medal winners Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Sancerre 2014 (RRP £12.75) and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pedro Ximenez Sherry NV (£RRP £8 for 50cl bottle) are sure to have shoppers tussling in the aisles. Pouilly Fumé l’Antique 2014 created for the supermarket was also rewarded with a Gold medal.
  • Morrisons received four Gold medals at tranche one of the competition, as well as 16 Silver medals and 24 Bronze. Its Morrisons Signature Chablis 1er Cru picked up a pair of medals for its 2013 (RRP £12.99) and its 2012 (RRP £14.99) vintages. Morrisons Signature Grüner Veltliner 2013 (RRP £6.99) and Morrisons Amontillado Sherry NV (RRP £6.99) each picked up Gold medals, too.
  • Aldi produced two of the best value Gold medals winners of the whole competition, both available for less than £8. Aldi The Exquisite Collection Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Aldi The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014 cost just £7.99 and £6.99 respectively and would be welcome at any dinner party. The retailer also picked up 8 Silver and 18 Bronze medals.
  • Two wines created exclusively for Waitrose were also awarded Gold medals. Polish Hill River Riesling 2008 (RRP £8.99) and Tre Fiori Greco Di Tufo 2013 (RRP £10.99) both picked up Gold medals at the competition. The premium supermarket also secured 19 Silver and 30 Bronze medals for wine created for its range.
  • The Co-operative received a single Gold medal for its Château Roumieu 2012 which costs just £11.99 and is sure to be popular with shoppers. In addition, the supermarket received 4 Silver and 17 Bronze medals.
  • Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners:


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“Year on year, supermarket own-brand ranges continue to improve and impress the IWC judges. Shoppers really are spoiled for choice in the wine aisles, with medal winners to be found in all major supermarket chains. Supermarket buyers have demonstrated their talent for sourcing fantastic wines from all around the world, usually at pretty keen prices. Whether you are looking for top-class fizz, red, white, sherry or port, you can find some cracking examples on supermarket shelves.”

He added:

“We have never awarded so many medals to own-brand wines before, which demonstrates the vast improvement in supermarket ranges. It is fantastic that supermarkets are offering such extensive ranges of different styles and that UK shoppers can get top quality wine on their doorstep. Serve any one of these medal winners to your friends and family and they are guaranteed to be blown away.”

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