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< Back to news 25 May, 2012

Beacon supplier Bibendum Wines are on a winning streak!

Bibendum Wine was named European Merchant of the Year at the Sommelier Wine Awards last month and scored a hat trick earlier this week at the Harpers Awards picking up 3 Awards including Best Overall Agent/Distributor and Responsible/Sustainable Business of the Year.

The Imbibe Sommelier Wine Awards is the UK's leading on-trade wine competition. The wines are judged by 80 of the country's finest sommeliers and on-trade buyers. As wells as winning the European Merchant of the Year Award Bibendum also picked up a total of 66 Gold Silver and Bronze Medals for their wines. 13 Gold medals were won including A Coroa Godello 2010, St Cosme Condrieu 2010, Glenguin Estate Old Broke Block Semillon 2007, Domaine Jean Defaix Chablis 2010 and Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 2006

To see the full list of award winning wines click here http://www.bibendum-wine.co.uk/media/SWA-Bibendum-Awards-2012-1.pdf

Competition Director, Chris Losh, said: "This award goes to show how the change in (Bibendum's) philosophy over the past five years is starting to have an effect...so many of their Gold and Silver medals were in key regions and at good prices: Beaujolais, Chablis, white Burgundy, Loire, Tuscany, Rueda, Navarra, Rioja, Bordeaux… you could put together a strong wine list just with them and without ever having to spend a fortune."

The Harpers Awards were held in conjunction with the London International Wine Fair this week and attracted leading figures from across the UK's on and off-trade and world of wine and spirits. Bibendum picked up three awards: the coveted Best Overall Agent/Distributor of the Year Award: Responsible/Sustainable Business of the Year; and a Special Achievement Award which went to Bibendum’s Managing Director, Michael Saunders.

Harpers Wine & Spirit Editor, Richard Siddle, commented on the Special Achievement Award, saying “Michael Saunders won Harper's first Special Achievement award for the impact Bibendum has had in changing the face of the traditional wine supplier.”

Following the ceremony, Michael Saunders commented: "I was truly humbled last night. I am always very proud of my team and the exceptional work they produce day in, day out to support our customers, but it was fantastic to see that work being recognised by our peers in the drinks trade.  The roll call of short listed companies was incredibly strong and reflected the real strength and quality of our industry. All the nominees would have been worthy winners. For Bibendum to be named amongst the list of those who did win awards is a wonderful achievement."

Congratulations to all at Bibendum from the beacon team!

To find out more on stocking Bibendum’s award winning wines please contact your beacon account manager.