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Lucky for some: International Wine Challenge 2014 announces its 13 great value awards, with eight going to supermarket own label wines

EMBARGO 11:00 GMT 14/05/14

IWC announces its Great Value Awards for 2014

The International Wine Challenge has today announced its Great Value Awards for 2014, with eight of the 13 Awards being handed to supermarket own-brand wines. Asda, The Co-operative, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose all received Great Value Awards for some of their wines. From reasonable Rioja to bargain Champagne, any savvy shopper will want to get their hands on these Great Value Award winning wines.

  • Each of the Great Value Awards is given to a wine which received a Gold or Silver medal in the 2014 competition and is nationally available in supermarkets, independent retailers or online. Still wines must have a minimum availability of 100,000 bottles available to qualify, sparkling wines must have 60,000 bottles available, and sweet wines must have a minimum of 6,000 bottles.
  • The International Wine Challenge awards Great Value Status to wines at different price points up to £15 for still wines and to £25 for sparkling to ensure that shoppers can pick up a Great Value wine to suit any occasion and budget.
  • All three Great Value Awards for White wines went to Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand. Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc, which retails at £13.99 picked up the Great Value White Wine under £15. Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 picking up White between £7 and £12, and the Koru Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (exclusive to Asda) and at £5.98 received best White under £7.
  • In the battle of reasonable reds, Tesco Finest* Viña Mara Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 (RRP £13.99) was awarded Great Value Status for Red Wine under £15. The Award for Reds priced between £7-£12 went to The Wanted Zin Zinfandel IGT Puglia 2012 (RRP £9.99), and the prize for best Red under seven quid went to a 2013 Otra Vida Winemakers Selection Malbec by Trivento in Argentina (RRP £5.48)
  • Supermarket own-brand sparkling wines dominated the Great Value Sparkling category. Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut 2013 (RRP £10) was awarded the Great Value Sparkling under £12. The Co-operative picked up the mid-range Great Value Award (Sparkling wines between £12 and £20) for its Les Pionniers NV Champagne, which costs just £16.99. Premium supermarket Waitrose received the trophy for Great Value sparkling under £25 with its Blanc de Noirs Brut NV (RRP £21.99).
  • Marks and Spencer Paul Cluver Late Harvest Riesling 2012 (RRP£14.99) from South Africa was named best Sweet wine under £15, and the Tesco finest* Dessert Semillon 2009 (£6.79) from Australia received the Award for best Sweet wine for less than a tenner.
  • Australian vineyard Yalumba received the Great Value Fortified under £15 award for its Museum Reserve Muscat NV. The vineyard continued its success in 2014, when it received a Great Value award in the White wine category. Sainsbury’s NV Taste the Difference Oloroso Sherry 12 Year Old picked up the prize for best Fortified wine under £10.
  • The Champion wines across the Red, White, Sparkling, Fortified and Sweet in categories will be announced at the International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner on Wednesday 16th July at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.
  • Visit the IWC website to see full list of medal and trophy winners:


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“The Great Value Awards are always a fun part of the competition; who doesn’t love finding a bargain, especially if it tastes so good! It is wonderful to see such great wines at such reasonable prices, which shoppers can easily find at their local supermarket, high street, independent or online retailer. You can find an IWC Great Value Award winner to suit any occasion, from a quiet Wednesday night in to a real celebration.”

Charles continued:

“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”

“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.

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