Victory for value vino: International Wine Challenge announces its Great Value Award winners for 2016, with wines from £5 picking up prizes
Get more bang for your buck with the 2016 IWC Great Value winners
- Prestigious wine competition announces awards for great value wines of the year
- 15 of the seventeen Great Value awards given to supermarket own-brand wines
Wine fans keen on finding a wine that punches above its price tag will rejoice today as the International Wine Challenge 2016 announces its Great Value award winners proving you can enjoy excellent wine on any budget. After over two weeks of intensive blind tasting at the Kia Oval last month, the IWC judges have given Great Value awards to seventeen wines; including winning wines available to buy for as little as £5.
- Fifteen of the seventeen Great Value Awards were given to supermarket own-brand wines, in an outstanding performance from UK retailers. Marks & Spencer dominated, receiving a whopping four awards across sparkling, fortified and sweet wine categories. Waitrose, Asda, Tesco and low-cost supermarket Aldi produced two Great Value winners each, while Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative and Morrisons went home with one apiece.
- The IWC awards Great Value Awards to wines at different price points up to, but not exceeding, £15 for still and sweet wines and up to £25 for sparkling. To qualify wines must win a Gold or Silver medal and be nationally available in supermarkets, independent retailers or online.; To qualify, still wines must have at least 100,000 bottles available, while sparkling wines need 60,000 bottles and fortified and sweet wines must have 6,000 bottles in circulation.
- Kicking off with the sparkling category, the Great Value Sparkling Wine for under £12 was awarded to Marks & Spencer for their Rosado Cava Prestige NV, which picked up a Silver medal and costs just £10! Great Value Sparkling Wine between £12-£25 went to Waitrose with its Silver medal awarded sparkler Waitrose Brut NV, available for £18.99.
- Drinkers with a thirst for great value white wine should seek out The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Fiano 2014 (£6.99) a Gold medal winner from Italy, which was named Great Value White under £7. Following an excellent year for the Kiwi wine makers at the competition, two Gold medal winning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc were awarded IWC Great Value White between £7 and £12 prizes– the Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2015 available for £11.99 from Majestic Wines and the Aldi The Exquisite Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (£7.99)
- Aldi picked up another award in the rosé category for its Aldi Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence Rosé 2015. This Silver medal was named best rosé under £7, thanks to its modest price tag of £5.99. The Great Value Rose under £15 award went to Mirabeau 2015, which will leave you change from a tenner at Waitrose.
- Asda dominated the battle for reasonable red, taking two of the great value prizes. Silver medal winner Asda Extra Special Barbera d’Asti 2013, available for the astonishing price of £5, a Gold medal winner, took the £7-£12 Great Value award. The prize for best red under £15 went to Beronia Reserva 2011, available at Waitrose & Ocado for £13.50; perfect for when you are looking to impress without breaking the bank.
- All three of the wines taking the great value prizes in the Sweet category were made using Sémillon, with two of those being snapped up by Marks & Spencer. While Tesco took the prize for best dessert wine under £7 with the Gold medal winning Tesco finest* Dessert Sémillon (£6), Marks & Spencer took the double with its Silver medal Marks & Spencer Hermits Hill Bortytis Sémillon 2012 stealing the mid-range prize, and its L’Or du Citron Sauternes 2012 picking up the award for best sweet wine under £15.
- Frugal fans of fortified wine can pick up a Great Value Gold medal winner in Morrisons, Sainsbury’s or Marks & Spencer. Morrisons Signature Oloroso Dry NV (£6) was named best fortified under £7, while Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pedro Ximénez NV (£8) received the Great Value Fortified prize between £7-£12. M & S picked up its fourth Great Value prize as its Marks & Spencer Late Bottled Vintage Port 2010 took home the IWC Great Value Fortified under £15 award.
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the International Wine Challenge commented:
“Here we have 17 fabulous wines which belie their modest price tags and prove you don’t need a huge budget to impress your friends and family. Not only are they very reasonably priced, they are also readily available in supermarket ranges and high street stores meaning you can easily get your hands on them. As these wines have been blind tasted by the best wine experts in the world, you can buy with confidence trusting the guidance of the IWC judging panel.”
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com