2021 Decanter Australia Specialist of the Year
& Decanter's ‘Green Champion Award'
This morning (6th October 2021) we were awarded Decanter's 'Best Australia Specialist' 2021 – four years in succession.
The results are based on events that took place during 2020, which and given the pandemic, makes this year’s award so special. Personally, I am thrilled to bits as Decanter is globally recognised as the most important awarding body. The exception being in Australia with Halliday taking centre stage, as it should… In addition, the competition is getter tougher with each passing year, you certainly question, ‘are we good enough to win?’ which demonstrates the calibre of our fellow entrants.
We also received a new award and one which we did not expect.
We are incredibly proud to win Decanters’ ‘Green Champion Award’ which is five years in the making. Here’s one of the application questions:
For a business to become sustainable, it must focus on long-term strategies for making a positive impact economically, socially and environmentally. For us, sustainability is about framing our business decisions in terms of decades and considering all factors rather than just the financial benefit. We have considered the impact for future generations and life at The Vinorium in 2040. Recycling, biodegradable packaging and shipping are merely a small contribution but we acknowledge, an important one. We have partnered with other businesses for sustainability enterprises and hope that our joint actions are to solve climate change complications. Turning a blind eye to inappropriate business practices whilst offsetting one’s carbon footprint is something that should not be celebrated. Granted, it is a small step, but and if we are to succeed, the minutiae of each business must be examined and changed to ensure wholesome practices are employed.
Our investment also lies in our new headquarters with a total cost of £3 million. It is architecturally stunning with the entire 4.4 acres being home to a natural ecosystem. This build will change the perception of how all companies can function. In addition, and as important as our environmental impact, is our social responsibility. We care about our employees and wish for them to find solace and joy from working amongst nature. To share daily lunches from our own organic garden is so exciting. This is the future and The Vinorium is physically making this part of our long journey materialise…
Stu & Team Vinorium
2020 Decanter Australian Specialist of the Year
We are euphoric to be named 2020 'Best Australian Specialist' at the Decanter Retailer Awards. We will share this prodigious title with all 35 wine producers which we represent & our loyal customers. A huge thank you to all the Decanter judges who recognised our hard work & commitment to great Aussie wines.
Stu & Team Vinorium
2019 Decanter Australian Specialist of the Year
On Thursday 26 September 2019, The Vinorium team travelled to London for the awards ceremony and were thrilled to bits to be awarded Decanter’s Australian Wine Merchant of the Year for the second year running. Year-on-year, the competition is super-tough with so many wonderful merchants offering fabulous Australian wines. The Vinorium is unique in the sense that we have dedicated ourselves to the Australian continent and the island of Tasmania. Our list of outstanding producers grows steadily as does the support from existing and new customers, which is always appreciated.
We would like to share this prodigious award with all our producers and customers, as without you all, The Vinorium would not be where we are today.
Stu & Team Vinorium
IWC Australian Specialist Merchant of the Year 2019
The ‘Oscars of the Wine Industry’ – the International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner took place on the evening of 9th July. Now in its 36th year, the competition itself is accepted as the world’s most rigorous, impartial and influential contest, which makes the award of Australian Wine Merchant of the Year very special indeed.
Despite leading the charge with Australian wines, we genuinely believe this award is not possible without our customers continued ‘Aussie’ support. For us, this is a collective award for us all to share and to be very proud of.
Congratulations and as ever, thank you for making The Vinorium the No:1 Australian Wine Merchant in the UK. This award means so much to team Vinorium.
2018 Decanter Australian Specialist of the Year
We attended an evening with the leading UK supermarkets, wine merchants and independent retailers for the 2018 Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards. Winning retailers were announced during a special ceremony held at the OXO2 Tower and we were called to the stage first. Peter Richards MW, Awards Chairman presented the award of Decanter Australian Specialist of the Year, which of course, we are overjoyed with.
We thank all the Decanter judges (Peter Richards MW, Peter Ranscombe, Matt Walls, Andy Howard MW & Fiona Beckett) for their kind and incredibly generous words “The judges were wowed by The Vinorium’s mouthwatering range, focused on premium Australian wines with impressive back vintages and a range of formats. In fact, this ‘good-looking, well run’ Kent-based retailer impressed the judges all-round”.
We are beyond flattered to collect two of the industry’s most prodigious awards this year - IWC Australian Specialist of the Year and Decanter Australian Specialist of the Year. Our Aussie journey has taken an awful lot of hard work and complete dedication from my team (past and present). I am incredibly grateful for their diligence, self-motivation as well as commitment which is inspirational.
Now, is not the time to sit on our laurels as our industry is filled with competitive and excellent merchants. We will certainly take full advantage of our awards and will build upon an incredible 2018.
IWC Australian Specialist Merchant of the Year 2018
Tuesday 10 July 2018 the team and I attended the IWC Merchant Awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London as we were shortlisted for two awards. We came away with one, the all-important one, Australian Specialist Merchant of the Year, which we are utterly thrilled with. The competition was incredibly stiff with Liberty Wines, previous winners of the same award, also nominated. We are hugely appreciative for the recognition received from the IWC judging panel as we have put in an enormous amount of hard work to build such a strong Australian brand and following. We thank Peter McCombie MW, Charles Metcalfe, Laura Jewell MW, Spencer Hyman and Robin Copestick for this fantastic award. In many ways this award is shared with you all. Without you, our loyal customers who appreciate great Australian wines, this award would not have been possible. The team and I have received many emails congratulating us on our award from our customers, our producers and a lovely email from Wine Australia who believe our award was “well deserved”. On behalf of my team and I, may I say a huge thank you to each one of you for your marvellous support.