A rewarding night for Berry Bros. & Rudd


Winning formula: team BBR collecting the Merchant of the Year award at last night's  ceremony

Winning formula: team BBR collecting the Merchant of the Year award at last night’s ceremony

Berry Bros. & Rudd stole the show last night at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) – the Oscars of the wine world – to pick up the most coveted title: Wine Merchant of the Year 2014.

We were fortunate enough to be nominated in four categories in total (finishing runners up in the Wine Club and Italy Specialist categories) and were delighted to pick up these prestigious prizes:
Large Independent Wine Merchant
Specialist Wine Merchant for En Primeur
Wine Merchant of the Year

Co-Chairman of the IWC, Charles Metcalfe, when presenting the Large Independent Merchant award, said: “Berry Bros. & Rudd has a sensational list of wines, which it combines with an impressive dedication to education, via its fabulous range of dinners and events. This is a very innovative company, which refuses to rest on its laurels. In fact, the judges found it very hard to find any weaknesses here.”

Our Buying Director, Mark Pardoe MW, said: “This is a great endorsement of every individual in this business, from the buyer to the delivery team, and all points in between.”

Fellow IWC Co-Chairman, Tim Atkin MW, adds when awarding Wine Merchant of the Year: “Berry Bros. & Rudd is all about excellence. This quintessential wine merchant excels in terms of buying, selling, strategy, execution, education and communication.”

Other big winners on the night were Liberty Wines who won On Trade Wine Merchant of the Year and Marks & Spencer for Supermarket of the Year.