Our main aim is always to provide our members with world-beating wines at the fairest possible prices. But a little recognition is always nice and can help tempt members to find some new favourites too!

2019 Awards


We’re delighted to announce that 2019 has been a very generous vintage on this front. As well as being named Wine Club of the Year (for the third successive year) by the International Wine Challenge and Online Retailer of the Year at the Decanter Retailer Awards (for the second year in a row), several individual regional ranges and wines were also singled out for recognition.

Award winning wines

Award-winning regions

Regional France

Specialist Merchant of the Year: Regional France

It’s an honour to work with so many talented growers from regions big and small, and for our range to have been named the UK’s best by the IWC (the fourth year in a row we have been given this award) and by Decanter’s exacting judges (for the second successive year) too!

Eastern Europe

Specialist Merchant of the Year: Eastern Europe

We’re chuffed to see so many members explore this hotbed of remarkable quality and value with us as we expand our range. To receive this award from the IWC is the icing on the cake.


Specialist Merchant of the Year: Portugal

Our Society was founded on casks of Portuguese wine back in 1874, and today its wines have never been better. To have our range recognised by the IWC again (for the third straight year!) is an honour.

Past Awards


Decanter Outstanding Wine Retailer of the Year and Online Wine Retailer of the Year 2018

We’re honoured to have been named ‘Outstanding Wine Retailer of the Year’ for the seventh time in eight years, along with ‘Online Retailer of the Year’. We were also awarded the top prize for our selection from Regional France, and a silver medal for our Spanish range. The judges concluded: ‘A fair few names were in contention for this ‘best of the best’ award, but ultimately it was the ‘sense of joy’ that won it for The Wine Society. Top buyers, great wines, good value, impeccable service, constant improvement and a real sense of community. It doesn’t get much better.’
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IWC Wine Club of the Year 2018

We are thrilled that for the second year in the row we have won three awards at the International Wine Challenge ceremony. As well as Wine Club of the Year 2018, we also scooped two Specialist Merchant awards for our Regional France and Portugal ranges.
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  • Decanter Outstanding Retailer Of The Year
    ‘Outstanding value, impeccable range, excellent service, engaging events: The Wine Society is a well-oiled wine machine purring along in the fast lane,’ was the verdict of Decanter’s expert panel, who named us Retailer of the Year (for the sixth time in seven years), Online Retailer of the Year and France Regional Specialist of the Year.
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  • IWC Wine Club Of The Year 2017
    We were delighted to win this award, as well as two Specialist Merchant awards at the annual International Wine Challenge ceremony, to complement the medals given to some of our wines earlier in the year.
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  • Wine Society success at the Decanter and International Wine Challenge
    The country's two top awards panels have awarded medals and trophies to several of our wines, ranging from a double-Trophy winning under-£10 Vinho Verde to top Vintage Champagne. View the winners.


  • IWC Wine Merchant Of The Year 2016
    The judges said that The Society "has a wonderful list of wines, lovingly curated by one of the best teams of wine buyers in the UK. Staff are immensely effective sellers of the excellently chosen wines." We also won Online Retailer of the Year as well as two Specialist Merchant awards.
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  • Success for Exhibition wines at the Decanter and International Wine Challenge
    The country's two top awards panels have awarded medals and trophies to several of The Society's wines, including three winners from our flagship Exhibition range. View the winners.


  • Decanter National Retailer Of The Year For The Fifth Successive Year
    The panel of expert judges, chaired by Peter Richards MW, unanimously agreed that The Society should once again be awarded this title 'for its exemplary quality, value and service'. Read more.
  • Decanter and IWC award-winning wines
    A number of Society wines were awarded trophies and medals by the country's two top awards panels in 2015.
  • Alsace and Spain ranges recognised by the IWC
    For the eighth consecutive year, The Society's Alsace range was recognised as the country's finest by the International Wine Challenge. The Society was also highly commended for its range of Spanish wines.


  • Decanter National Retailer Of The Year For The Fourth Successive Year
    We were delighted that Decanter's panel of expert judges, chaired by Peter Richards MW, unanimously agreed that The Society should once again be awarded this title based on the strength of our range of wines, our passion for wine and the quality of our service. Read more.
  • IWC Wine Club Of The Year 2014
    The Society has been awarded Wine Club of the Year and Specialist Merchant of the Year for Alsace and Chile by the 2014 International Wine Challenge. Read more.
  • Award-Winning Portuguese Range
    The Association of Portuguese Wine Importers (APWI) seeks to recognise those businesses and individuals who have gone to the greatest lengths to bring wines from Portugal to the forefront of the consumers' mind. In this the tenth anniversary of the awards, The Wine Society received the Online / Mail Order Retailer of the Year award. Read more.


Highlights include:

  • Decanter National Retailer Of The Year For The Third Successive Year
    As a mutual organisation, it is recognition from our membership that matters most. However, it is also pleasing to receive accolades from the wine trade, and we were delighted to be voted National Retailer of the Year at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards. This is the third consecutive year in which The Society has received this award. Read more.
  • IWC Wine Merchant Of The Year 2013
    We are thrilled to announce a record number of awards for The Wine Society from the IWC (International Wine Challenge), including its highest accolade, Wine Merchant of the Year. Read more.


Highlights include:

  • 2012 Decanter and International Wine Challenge Awards Success
    We are delighted to announce that The Society has won the following awards at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards and IWC (International Wine Challenge) Awards: Read more.
  • Portugal: More Success For The Society's Range
    The Wine Society has received the award for Online / Mail Order Retailer of the Year from The APWI (Association of Portuguese Wine Importers). This is the second time in a row The Society has won this award, following on from being awarded the gong for overall APWI Merchant of the Year in 2011. Read more.

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