At London Wine Fair we strive to recognise the UK wine buyers who are shaping and driving our industry with the decisions they make daily. So in 2020 we launched the first-ever Wine Buyers Awards – a competition designed to identify and reward excellence in wine buying, across all sectors. After hosting these Awards digitally, we are excited to present the awards live at the London Wine Fair 2023.
The Wine Buyers Awards provide recognition for the UK’s best professional wine buyers across the spectrum of the trade. They acknowledge buyers’ influence in creating trends, the value, quality, or pure innovation offered in their wine lists or ranges.
The awards are centred around a robust and credible judging process, headed up by Chris Losh - former editor of Imbibe, founder of Sommelier Wine Awards, former editor of Wine International, and shortlisted for Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year. He will be joined by a hand-picked panel of distinguished and experienced judges from the industry, including former senior group buyers.
By winning or being shortlisted you are demonstrating your career excellence, enhancing your venue or store’s reputation, and helping inspire the next generation of the industry.
Entries are now open!
KEY DATES Deadline for entries: 20th January 2023 Shortlist revealed: At LWF 2023 Launch Party - 28th February 2023 Awards Ceremony: At LWF - 15th - 17th May 2023
For buyers for supermarkets or multiple outletsSupermarket/Multiple category wine buyer
For buyers for supermarkets or multiple outlets who show excellence in a specific category/area of focus
For anyone who buys for direct-to-consumer online wine retail
Above £750,000 annual turnover.Small Independent Merchant Wine Buyer
Below £750,000 annual turnover
Above 30 sitesRestaurant Group Buyer
Above 30 sitesPub Group buyer (3+ sites)
A professional wine buyer (under 35) from any buying sector who is deemed to be outperforming their contemporaries and demonstrating innovation.
Winners will also be considered from entries to other categories
Entering the Wine Buyers Awards is simple, and free. Simply choose your category and fill in your initial details. You will then be asked a series of short questions, with space for you to talk about how you buy wine in your role, your audience type, any particular focuses and interests etc.