|Harpers Awards winners announced at first industry event|
|Written by Richard Siddle|
|Wednesday, 23 May 2012 08:41|
The event, held in conjunction with the London International Wine Fair, and hosted by BBC Radio 2's Nigel Barden, took place at London's Honourable Artillery Company and attracted leading figures from across the UK's on and off-trade and world of wine and spirits.
Awards were handed out in three key sections: The Top Merchants awards, for independent wine merchants; the At Your Service, covering restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels in the on-trade; and the Industry Awards open to drinks suppliers, multiple retailers and high street specialists.
Bibendum picked up two awards: The coveted Best Overall Supplier/Distributor award; and Responsible/Sustainable Business of the Year.
Michael Saunders, managing director for Bibendum, won Harpers first Special Achievement award for the impact Bibendum has had in changing the face of the traditional wine supplier and for the honour in being the official wine and Champagne supplier for the London Olympics.
Majestic were found to have the Best Digital/Social Media strategy and it also picked up the Engaging the Consumer category.
Hatch Mansfield was named Best Distributor/ Supplier to Independents voted for by a nationwide poll of wine merchants. The Oxford Wine Company picked up the Best Top Merchant Wholesaler of the Year and Best Top Merchant Customer Service awards.
Vagabond Wines was named Best Emerging/New Drinks Business of the Year.
In the At Your Service awards Pollen Street Social was named Launch of the Year, whilst 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen was named Restaurant of the Year, Vinoteca, Marylebone won Bar of the Year and TerraVina, Hotel of the Year.
The River Café's Emily O'Hare won Best Sommelier/Front of House award and José Pizarro was named On-trade Personality of the year.
The full list of winners and finalists are:
Industry Awards (associate partner Canti)
Multiple/Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year
Best Overall Agent/ Distributor of Year
Engaging the Consumer Award
Best Digital/Social Media Strategy
Best Top Merchant Customer Service
Best Top Merchant Innovation of the Year
Best Drinks Offer
Best On-trade Personality
Best Front of House/Sommelier
Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.