The 2021 competition is open for entries

The ninth edition of The Wine Merchant Top 100 is under way – and once again we’re looking for the most exciting wines in the independent trade.

Our panel of 40 indies is preparing to put wines of all styles and price points through their paces. As always, they’ll be looking to reward wines that are commercially attractive and which represent excellent value for money.

Our panel will be a cross-section of the independent trade and we want the wines to be equally diverse and eclectic. Of course, we expect to see a healthy proportion of crowd-pleasing Sauvignon Blancs and Malbecs, but we also welcome orange wines, natural wines, bizarre field blends and the like. As long as the wine has a natural fit with the indie trade, it’s very welcome to enter.

Once again, due to Covid, we are conducting the judging remotely, rather than assembling in one venue. But the judging process will be more rigorous than ever, with our panel encouraged to spread the task over a period of a few weeks, and to invite other members of their team to assist them as they go.

Our Top 100 winners for 2020

We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Wine Merchant Top 100.

This year’s judging process has been a big logistical challenge, with dozens of merchants across the UK being sent their flights of wine to taste blind over the course of two rounds.

We’d like to say a huge thank-you to our judges, all of whom are independent wine merchants, who found the time to make such an effort at what has been a very hectic, uncertain and often stressful time.

We’d also like to thank all of our entrants for being so patient while the judging process ran its course.

And of course we’d like to congratulate our worthy winners. You can read more about them all in the forthcoming supplement, and on our new website, in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, here’s the list of Top 100 winners, in supplier order.



Top 100

Tokara Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

Jordan Wine Estate, Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay, 2018

Jordan Wine Estate, Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling, 2019

Dönnhoff, Felsenberg Riesling Trocken GG, 2018

Stanton & Killeen Classic Rutherglen Muscat, NV (Trophy Winner: Best Fortified & Dessert Wine)

Highly Commended

Jordan Wine Estate, Jordan Cobblers Hill, 2016

Tokara Directors Reserve Red, 2017

Zevenwacht 7Even Syrah, 2017

Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve, 2012

Hope Family Wines, Troublemaker Red Blend, NV

Hope Family Wines, Quest Cabernet Blend, 2017

Hope Family Wines, Treana Red, 2017

Hope Family Wines, Treana Red, 2018

Hope Family Wines, Austin Hope Cabernet, 2018

Tokara Chardonnay, 2018

Villa Wolf, Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, 2019

Zevenwacht The Tin Mine, 2018

Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc, 2019

Dönnhoff, Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett, 2018

Stanton & Killeen Classic Rutherglen Topaque, NV

Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Muscat, NV

Stanton & Killeen Grand Rutherglen Muscat, NV



Top 100

Pietradolce, Etna Rosso Contrada Rampante, 2017

Highly Commended

Aster, Crianza, 2014


Bancroft wines

Top 100

Tacchino, Gavi di Gavi, 2019

Black Stallion, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

Ataraxia, Chardonnay, 2018 (Joint Trophy Winner: Best White Wine)

Glaetzer Wines, Anaperenna, 2017


Best of Hungary

Top 100

Tokajicum Winery, Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos, 2016

Highly Commended

Figula Winery, Balatonfüredi Olaszrizling “Sáfránkert”, 2017

Balassa Tokaji Furmint “Szent Tamás” 2018


Walker & Wodehouse

Top 100

Palmer & Co Blanc de Noirs Brut,  NV

Coates & Seely Britagne Brut Rosé, NV

Bibi Graetz Casamatta Bianco Igt Toscana Bianco, 2018

MCDV, Ultimate Provence AOP Cotes de Provence, 2019 (Trophy Winner: Best Rosé Wine)

Prophet’s Rock Dry Riesling, 2018

Cuevas Dde Arom Pedra Forca, 2016

Highly Commended

Morgon ‘Cuvee Marcel Lapierre’ Marcel Lapierre, 2018

Naturalmente Bio Perricone Terre Siciliane IGP, 2018

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Classico La Dama, 2016

Garage Semillon, 2018

Spinifex Papillon Red, 2018

Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz, 2017

Peth Wetz Estate Spatburgunder Rheinhessen, 2017


Borthwick Vineyard

Top 100

Paddy Borthwick Paper Road CPR, 2018

Paddy Borthwick Riesling, 2019



Top 100

Cavit, Bottega Vinai Trentino Pinot Grigio, 2019

Cantina Di Soliera Lambrusco Di Sorbara DOC, Dry, NV (Trophy Winner: Best Value Sparkling)

Vallone, Tenuta Serranova Susumaniello, 2017

Vila Nova Loureiro, 2019

Tabali, Micas Carmenere, 2015

Bodegas Borsao, Borsao Tres Picos, 2017

Bodegas Borsao, Borsao Zarihs, 2015

Bodegas Fernando de Castilla, Fernando de Castilla Antique Palo Cortado (50Cl), NV

Highly Commended

Tenuta Santa Seraffa, Santa Seraffa Gavi del Comune di Gavi, 2019

Granbazan Etiqueta Ambar Albarino, 2018

Bodegas Naia, Naiades Verdejo (Barrel Fermented), 2016

Bodegas Gomez Cruzado, Gomez Cruzado Rioja Blanco 2 Ano, 2018

Bodegas Murviedro, Galeam Dry Muscat Organic, 2019

Bodegas Gomez Cruzado, Gomez Cruzado Honorable Rioja, 2015

Cline, Ancient Vines Mourvedre, 2017

Cline, Late Harvest Mourvedre, 2017

Bressia, Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc, 2017

Bodegas Sarria, Señorio de Sarria Viñedo No. 5 Rosado, 2019

Chateau L’Ermitage, Gris Marin Rosé Gris de Gris IGP Sable De Camargue, 2019

Wildeberg, Coterie by Wildeberg Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2019

Emiliana, Novas Riesling, 2019

Emiliana, Signos de Origin ‘Los Morros’ Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

Emiliana, Coyam, 2017

Bodegas Sarria, Señorio de Sarria Crianza, 2016

Bodegas Borsao, Borsao Cabriola By Borsao, 2016

La Bascula, Catalan Eagle Red, 2018

Kloster Eberbach Estate Pinot Noir.,2016

Sepp Moser Zweigelt Reserve, 2017

Bodegas Fernando De Castilla, Fernando De Castilla Antique Fino (50cl), NV


Buckingham Schenk

Top 100

Bodegas Familia Chavarri, Izarbe Rioja Reserva, 2009

Highly Commended

Schenk Italia, Casali del Barone 150+1 Langhe Bianco, 2018

Azienda Agricola Lunadoro, Lunadoro Rosso di Montepulciano, 2016

Ta Pa Family Vineyards, Pa Road Chardonnay, 2018

Finca Casa Lo Alto, Manzan Bobal, 2017

Bodega Otazu, Otazu Premium Cuvee, 2016



Highly Commended

Pouilly Fuissé aux Chailloux Domaine Sève, 2017

Rikus Neethling Wines, Bizoe Henriëtta, 2017

Sidewood Estate Shiraz, 2018


Delibo Agencies

Highly Commended

Neethlingshof Malbec, 2018

Bibo Runge Provokateur

Caves Languedoc Roussillon, Comte de Morlieres Reserve Chardonnay, 2018

In Situ Syrah-Mouvedre-Viognier, 2018

Bibo Runge Debutant, 2018


Digby Fine English

Top 100

2014 Vintage Rosé Brut


Domaine of the Bee

Top 100

Domaine of the Bee, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2017


Domaine Paul Mas

Top 100

Soleil Blanc de Lauriga, 2018

Les Tannes en Occitanie Marsanne, 2019 (Trophy Winner: Best Value White Wine)

Highly Commended

Paul Mas Prima Perla Traditional Method Chardonnay, NV

Château Martinolles Crémant de Limoux Brut, NV

Cuvee Secrete No Sulphites Merlot/Cabernet Franc Organic, 2019

Claude Val Rosé, 2019

Jardin De Roses, 2019

Claude Val Blanc, 2019

Château Paul Mas Belluguette, 2018

Astelia Chardonnay, 2019

Jean-Claude Mas Réserve Viognier, 2019

Château Paul Mas Clos des Mures, 2018

Château Cres Ricards Oenothera, 2018


Doran Family Vintners

Highly Commended

Doran Vineyards Arya, 2018


Fine Wine Partners

Top 100

Hardys HRB Chardonnay, 2016

Hardys HRB Pinot Noir, 2016

Highly Commended

Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015

Houghton Thomas Yule Shiraz, 2013


Fox & Fox

Highly Commended

Fox & Fox Mosaic Brut, 2015


Franz Haas

Top 100

Franz Haas, Manna 2018 Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT, 2018


Graft Wine

Highly Commended

MVH Signature Wines, Chardonnay, 2017

Polperro, Even Keel Pinot Noir, 2017


Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Top 100

Tramin, Gewürztraminer, Alto Adige, 2018

Domaine Minchin, Menetou-Salon, Pommerais, ‘La Tour Saint Martin’, 2017

Frescobaldi, Chianti Classico, Tenuta Perano, 2015

Feudi di San Gregorio, Falanghina Dubl Spumante, Campania, NV

Domaine Ferrand, Saint-Véran, 2018

Feudi di San Gregorio, Taurasi, Campania, 2014

Château de Rouillac, Pessac-Leognan Blanc, 2018

Château de Tracy, Pouilly-Fumé, 2018

Domaine Gerard & Hubert Thirot, Sancerre, Domaine La Tonnellerie, 2018 (Joint Trophy Winner: Best White Wine)

Feudi di San Gregorio, Falanghina del Sannio ‘Serrocielo’, Campania, 2018

Paringa Estate, Chardonnay ‘Peninsula’, Mornington Peninsula, 2018

Zorzal, Malbec ‘Eggo Tinto de Tiza’, Tupungato, Mendoza, 2017

Doña Paula, 1350, Uco Valley, 2017

Michele Chiarlo, Barbaresco ‘Reyna’, 2015

Michele Chiarlo, Barolo ‘Tortoniano’, 2015

Jim Barry Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Kirribilli Single Vineyard’, Coonawarra, 2016

Berton Vineyard, The Black Shiraz ‘Winemakers Reserve’, Padthaway, 2018

Bodega Biniagual, Verán, Majorca, Binissalem, 2014

Kozlovic, Teran, West Istria, 2018

Gaia Wines, Estate Nemea, 2016

Schloss Johannisberg, Riesling Spätlese ‘Green Seal’, Rheingau, 2018

Saint Clair, Sauvignon Blanc Barrique, Marlborough, 2016

Saint Clair, Riesling, ‘Origin’, Marlborough, 2018

Ktima Gerovassiliou, Malagousia, Epanomi, 2019

Kayra, Vintage Chardonnay, Aegean, 2013

Gérard Bertrand, Château L’Hospitalet, Grand Vin Rouge, La Clape, 2018

Mas Becha, Côte de Roussillon Villages, ‘Barrique’ Rouge, 2017

Saint Clair, Pinot Noir ‘Omaka Reserve’, Marlborough, 2017

Highly Commended

Champagne Marc Hébrart, Cuvée Spécial Club’ Brut Premier Cru, 2015

Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot, Les Meuniers de Clémence, Extra Brut Premier Cru, NV

Michele Chiarlo, Gavi del Commune di Gavi ‘Rovereto’, 2018

Tramin, Pinot Bianco, Alto Adige, 2018

Bodegas Viñátigo, Listán Blanco, Islas Canarias, Tenerife, 2017

Olivier Ravier, Brouilly, 2018

Olivier Ravier, Fleurie, 2018

Domaine de la Villaudière, Sancerre Rouge, 2017

Frescobaldi, Chianti Rúfina Riserva, Vecchie Viti, Castello Nipozzano, 2016

Frescobaldi, Brunello di Montalcino, Tenuta Castelgiocondo, 2015

Carpineto, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, 2015

Weingut Rabl, Grüner Veltliner, Käferberg Reserve, Kamptal, 2018

Chateau Preuillac, Cru Bourgeois, Médoc, 2015

San Marzano, Primitivo Di Manduria ‘Talò’, 2017

San Marzano, Primitivo Di Manduria Riserva ‘Anniversario 62’, 2016

Al-Cantara, Etna, ‘Lu Veru Piaciri’, Sicily, 2016

Quinta de Quercus, Uclés, 2016

Ondarre, Rioja Gran Reserva, 2011

Domaine Minchin, Menetou-Salon, Morogues, ‘La Tour Saint Martin’, 2017

Domaine de la Rouletière, Vouvray Sec, ‘Les Calcaires’, 2018

Domaine de la Rouletière, Vouvray, ‘Patrimoine’, 2015

San Marzano, Verdeca ‘Talò’, Puglia, 2019

Basilisco, Sophia, Basilicata, 2018

Michele Chiarlo, Barbera D’Asti Superiore Nizza, La Court, 2015

Undurraga, Chardonnay ‘TH’, Valle De Limari, 2016

Doña Paula, 1100, Uco Valley, 2017

Gérard Bertrand, Château La Sauvageonne, Grand Vin Blanc, 2018

Viña Perez Cruz, Petit Verdot ‘Chaski’, Maipo Alto, 2015

Finca Bacara, Time Waits for No One, ‘Stone Elephant’, Jumilla, 2018

Oumsiyat, Grande Reserve, Mount Lebanon, 2018

Alpha Estate, Xinomavro, Reserve Vielles Vignes, Single Block Barba Yannis, Amyndeo, 2016

Weingut Weegmüller, Scheurebe Trocken, Pfalz, 2018

Saint Clair, Sauvignon Blanc ‘Wairau Reserve’, Marlborough, 2018

Monemvasia Winery Tsimbidi, Kydonitsa, Laconia, 2018

Oumsiyat, ‘Blanc de Blanc’, Bekaa Valley, 2018

Armas, Voskehat, Aragatsotn, 2018

Vachnadziani, Krakhuna, Imereti, 2018


Hatch Mansfield

Top 100

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut, 2008 (Trophy Winner: Best Sparkling)

Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé, NV

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé Brut, 2007

Résonance Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013

Zuccardi Apelacion Malbec, 2017

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc, 2018

Vidal Sauvignon Blanc, 2019

Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse, 2017

Highly Commended

Taittinger Brut, 2014

Taittinger Foles de la Marquetterie, NV

Taittinger Nocturne Rosé Sec, NV

Terroir & Talents, Chateau de la Terriere Brouilly Tradition, 2018

Domaine Prieur-Brunet Santenay Rouge 1er Cru Maladière, 2016

Louis Jadot Rully Blanc, 2018

Domaine Prieur-Brunet Meursault Les Forges, 2017

Joseph Mellot Pouilly-Fumé Domaine Des Mariniers, 2018

Vidal Soler Chardonnay, 2018

Zuccardi Apelacion Chardonnay, 2018

Zuccardi Los Olivos Malbec, 2018

Zuccardi Valles Malbec, 2018

Zuccardi Apelacion Cabernet Franc, 2017

Caliterra Pétreo Carmenère, 2017

Errazuriz, Max VIII, 2017

Esk Valley Pinot Gris, 2019


Lanchester Wines

Highly Commended

Vinicolo Tombacco, Archivio Pecorino Terre di Chieti IGT, 2017


Las Bodegas

Top 100

Bodega Montecillo, 22 Barricas Gran Reserva, 2011

Vallisto Criolla, 2018

Mauricio Lorca, Recoleta Criolla Grande, 2019

Vallisto Barbera, 2018

Ver Sacrum, La Dama del Abrigo Rojo Nebbiolo, 2017 (Trophy Winner: Best Red Wine)

Susana Balbo Wines, Signature White Blend, 2019

Highly Commended

Bodega Montecillo, Rioja Blanco, 2018

Susana Balbo Wines, Signature Malbec, 2018

Susana Balbo Wines, Signature Rosé, 2019


Les Grands Chais de France

Top 100

Château Sergant, 2018

Chaâteau Bastor Lamontagne Sauternes, 2016 (Trophy Winner: Best Value Fortified & Dessert Wine)

Highly Commended

Perle Noir Brut, NV

Moillard Grivot Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2018

Chartron Trebuchet Mâcon Village, 2018

Dunavar Pinot Blanc, 2018

Calvet 1818, 2016

Sauvignon ‘Les Eglantine’ Touraine Sauvignon, 2018

La Baume Languedoc Rosé, 2019

Exhib Rosé, 2019

Domaine Les Ors AOP Limoux, 2018

Domaine Andre Lorentz Riesling, 2018

Arthur Metz Sushi, 2019

Plan de L’Homme Sapiens – Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, 2018


Liberty Wines

Top 100

Felsina, Rancia, 2017

Trinity Hill, Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay, 2018

Bodega Garzon, Tannat Reserva, 2018

Bodega Garzon, Tannat Single Vineyard, 2018

Massolino, Barolo, 2016

Highly Commended

Martin Códax, Lías Albarino, 2017

Mara Martin, Godello, 2019

Contero, Moscato, 2019

Donnafugata, Sursur, 2019

Kaiken, Ultra Malbec, 2018

Kaiken, Obertura, 2017

Alpha Zeta, A Amarone della Valpolicella, 2016

Cuatro Pasos, Mencia Bierzo, 2017

Cuatro Pasos, Mencia Black Bierzo, 2017


Man Vintners

Highly Commended

Man Family Wines Skaapveld Syrah, 2018

Man Family Wines Padstal Chardonnay, 2019

Man Family Wines Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc, 2019

Lievlander Chenin Blanc, 2019

Man Family Wines Warrelwind Sauvignon Blanc, 2019



Top 100

Henriques & Henriques, Single Harvest Bual, 2000

Highly Commended

Turkey Flat Vineyards, Grenache, 2017

Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana, La Gitana ‘En Rama’ Manzanilla, NV

Fonseca, Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2014

Henriques & Henriques, 10 Year Old Bual, NV


Museum Wines

Highly Commended

Haut Espoir, Gentle Giant, 2014

Uva Mira, Merlot, 2016

Uva Mira, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

Moreson, Widow Maker Pinotage, 2016

Stark-Condé, Three Pines Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

Haut Espoir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

Moreson, Miss Molly Petit Rosé, NV

Moreson, Mercator Chardonnay, 2017

Stark-Condé, The Field Blend, 2018

Haut Espoir, Cloudfall, 2019


Raymond Reynolds

Highly Commended

Soalheiro, Allo, 2019

Luis Pato, Vinhas Velhas, 2018

Quinta Dos Roques Tinto, 2016

Niepoort, Voyeur, 2018


Richmond Wine Agencies

Top 100

DFJ Vinhos, Consensus Pinot Noir Touriga Nacional, 2016

Marques de Riscal, XR Special Release Reserva, 2015

Highly Commended

Marques de Riscal, Limousin Rueda, 2018

Cantina Orsogna, Vola Vole Passerina, 2019

DFJ Vinhos, Francos Grande Escolha, 2015

DFJ Vinhos, Casa do Lago Tinto 2018



Top 100

Caves de Juliénas-Chaintré, Beaujolais Villages Cuvée Six, 2018

Caves de Juliénas-Chaintré, Juliénas Tradition du Bois de la Salle, 2019

Avignonesi, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, 2016

Château Grandis, Château Grandis, 2009

Vintae Luxury Wine Specialists, Palacios de Camino Real Crianza,  2017 (Trophy Winner: Best Value Red Wine)

Giuseppe Cortese, Barbaresco, 2017

Flametree Wines, SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

Weingut Hanewald-Schwerdt, Dürkheimer Hochbenn Riesling, 2017

Domaine Bott-Geyl, Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Sonnenglanz, 2012

Gladstone Vineyard, The Flying Winemaker Pinot Noir, 2018

Highly Commended

Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils, Grand Cru Brut Rèserve, NV

Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils, Grand Cru Brut Tradition, NV

Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils, Rosé NV

Cà Dei Maghi, Camparsi Bianco, 2018

Arousana, Follas Novas, 2019

Domaine Catherine et Claude Maréchal, Bourgogne Rouge Cuvée Gravel, 2018

Avignonesi, Desiderio Toscana IGT, 2016

Tenuta Ormanni, Chianti Classico DOCG, 2017

Holden Manz, Visionaire, 2014

Nani Rizzi Az Agr di Spagnol Denis, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry, NV

Domaine Fournillon, Chablis, 2017

Weingut Ecker, Eckhof, Grüner Veltliner Ried Mordthal, 2018

Weingut Ecker, Eckhof, Riesling Ried Steinberg, 2018

Weingut Ecker, Eckhof, Roter Veltliner Ried Steinberg, 2018

Benoît Badoz, Trousseau Marnes Rouges, 2018

Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

Bodega Staphyle, Iris Doble Malbec, 2019

Bodega Sottano, Sottano Selección del Enólogo Malbec, 2018

Cà Dei Maghi, Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva Canova, 2013

Caves Languedoc Roussillon, Mare Nostrum Picpoul de Pinet, 2019

Diamantakis Winery, Petali Liatiko, 2018

Diamantakis Winery, Diamantopetra Red, 2017

Domaine Bott-Geyl, Pinot Gris Les Eléments, 2017

The Wine Portfolio, V Sauvignon Blanc, 2019

Diamantakis Winery, Diamantopetra White, 2019

Domaine Les Caizergues, Les Amoriers, 2017

Domaine La Sarabande, Misterioso, 2016

Domaine La Lôyane, Cuvée Elie, 2018

La Cave De Gigondas, Vacqueyras Seigneur De Raveil, 2016

Mas Blanch I Jové, Saó Abrivat, 2017

Marco Abella, Mas Mallola, 2017


Third Floor Wines

Top 100

Bodega Gorka Izagirre, Gorka Izagirre Txakolí, 2019

Agricola San Felice, San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva, 2016

Highly Commended

Monte Schiavo, Caccialepre Rosso Piceno, Tenute Pieralisi, 2016

Cadus Signature Series Criolla, 2018

Il Cascinone, Crocera Barbera D’Asti Superiore, 2017

Famille Fabre, Chardonnay Domaine Grande Courtade Organic, 2018

Uvas Felices, El Hombre Bala Old Vine Garnacha, Madrid, 2016

Weingut Aj Adam In Der Sangerei Riesling Feinherb, 2018

Clos Bagatelle, Sentiers De Bagatelle ‘Cuvée Donnadieu’ Saint Chinian Rouge, 2017


Trefethen Family Vineyards (Supplied by Daniel Lambert wines)

Highly Commended

Estate Merlot, 2017

Dragon’s Tooth Red Blend, 2017


Vidal Fleury

Highly Commended

Vidal- Fleury Ventoux, 2017

Vidal-Fleury Côtes Du Rhône, 2016


Vina Falernia

Top 100

Falernia Syrah Titon Reserva Single Vineyard, 2016

Highly Commended

Falernia Number One, 2017


Our 2020 judging team

Dan Kirby Corkr Fine Wines
Polly Gibson GrapeSmith
Sara Bangert The General Wine Company
Finn Dunlop Macknade Fine Foods
Riaz Syed Stonewines
Eugenio Ciccarelli Vinarius
Lucy Chenoweth The Old Garage
Deiniol ap Dafydd Blas ar Fwyd
Chris and Gosia Bailey Mr & Mrs Fine Wine
Simon Parkinson Vinological
Anthony Borges The Wine Centre
Hannah and Sadie Wilkins Vineyards
Kasia Konys-Pieszko Dunnell’s
Matt Thomas Vinoramica
Jamie Smith Tring Winery
Steve Tattam Winyl
Sophie Poultney Grace & James
Jon Campbell DeFINE Food & Wine
Jon Moore Mumbles Wine
Tom Hemmingway Highbury Vintners
Jen Ferguson Hop Burns & Black
Carolyn Skeels Vintoto
Kelli Coxhead The Wine Shop
Lloyd Beedell Chesters Wine Merchants
John and Tom Morris Bradmans Wine Cellar
Sarah and Richard Tring Weber & Tring
Andrew Taylor Taylor’s Fine Wines
Julia Jenkins Flagship Wines
Colin Thorne Vagabond Wines
Penny Champion Champion Wines
Sam Howard HarperWells
David Porter Lea & Sandeman
Sam Jackson Chester Beer & Wine
Chris Piper Christopher Piper Wines
Hal Wilson and Alice Archer Cambridge Wine Merchants
Cat Brandwood Toscanaccio
Gemma Welden The Jolly Vintner

Judging postponed

Sadly the judging date that we’d set for April 1 is no longer possible, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will be rescheduling for a date in June or July – at this stage it’s impossible to know how long restrictions on social gatherings will be necessary but as soon as the situation becomes clearer, we will announce it here and on social media, and contact all the companies who have entered the competition.

All wines that have already been sent to us are safely stored at Sensible’s warehouses, where they’ll be absolutely fine.

With the London Wine Fair now postponed, we’ll be planning to showcase the winning 100 wines at a new event in the autumn. Again, watch this space.

We appreciate it’s disappointing news but it will come as no surprise. Please get in touch if you have any queries or concerns. Many thanks.

The 2020 competition is now open

Entries are now open for the 2020 Wine Merchant Top 100 – the only competition devoted to wines exclusive the independent trade.

Last year saw record entries in the competition, which was first held in 2013, and we’re ready for another big turnout in 2020.

The judging is done by a panel of independent wine merchants, whose identities we’ll be revealing in the coming weeks. We mix the panel up every year so that as many merchants as possible have chance to take part and to make sure we keep things fresh.

All of our winners – including the Top 100 and Highly Commended wines – will be featured in a special supplement published in the early summer. The Top 100 will also be showcased on our stand at the London Wine Fair.

This year, for the first time, we’ve opened the competition to wines not currently represented in the UK. This section of the competition, called Breakthrough Wines, will be judged separately by a panel of independent merchants. All entries will receive feedback from the judges and the best ones will also appear in the winners’ supplement.

Email us now for an entry form for either part of the competition. The deadline for entries is in mid March. Good luck!

The Top 100 unveiled

The waiting is over and we can now reveal this year’s winning wines in our Wine Merchant Top 100 2019.

All 100 are available to taste on our stand at this year’s London Wine Fair, adjacent to the Esoterica zone upstairs at Olympia. Please come and try them and say hello to the Wine Merchant team.

Our forthcoming supplement will offer more details about why each wine won. We’ll also be celebrating this year’s Highly Commended wines, which just missed out on a Top 100 place but still impressed our judges.

Well done to this year’s winners, who were faced with a lot of stiff competition in our biggest-ever entry.


White wines


  • Viña Cobos, Felino Chardonnay, Luján De Cuyo & Valle De Uco, Mendoza, Argentina 2017 (£15.49, Alliance Wine)
  • Lowboi Riesling, Porongurup, Great Southern, Australia 2018 (£26.50, The Knotted Vine)
  • Magpie Estate, Rag ‘n’ Bone Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia 2018 (£12.99, Boutinot)
  • Helfrich Familly Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France 2017 (£11, Les Grands Chais de France)
  • Helfrich Family O Sauvion, Haut Poitou, Loire, France 2018 (£10.60, Les Grands Chais de France)
  • Louis Jadot Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc, Burgundy, France 2013 (£32.30. Hatch Mansfield)
  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé, Burgundy, France 2016 (£33.50, Hatch Mansfield)
  • Domaine Belleville Rully 1er Cru La Pucelle, Burgundy, France 2017 (£30.99, Vindependents)
  • Gérard Bertrand Château Sauvageonne Grand Vin Blanc, Coteaux du Languedoc, France 2016 (£29.49, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • Domaine De Saint Cosme Les Deux Albion IGP Vaucluse Principauté D’Orange Blanc, France 2017 (£10.63, Walker & Wodehouse)
  • Domaine Bott-Geyl Pinot Gris Les Eléments, Alsace, France 2016 (£19.99, Vindependents)
  • Domaine Bott-Geyl Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Sonnenglanz, Alsace, France 2011 (£32.99, Vindependents)
  • Peth Wetz Unfiltered Riesling Rheinhessen, Germany 2017 (£9.72, Walker & Wodehouse)
  • *Weingut Dönnhoff, Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese, Nahe, Germany 2013 (£39.80, ABS)
  • Diamantakis Assyrtiko, Kato Asites, Dafnes, Crete, Greece 2018 (£13.99, Vindependents)
  • Diamantakis Winery Diamantopetra White, Dafnes, Crete, Greece 2018 (£16.50, Vindependents) – Trophy Winner: Best White
  • Avantis Estate Winery, Lenga, Evia, Greece 2018 (Avantis Estate Winery)
  • Cantine Colomba Bianca Società Cooperativa Agricola Lumari Catarratto – Insolia, Terre Siciliane, Italy 2018 (Hall;garten & Novum Wines)
  • Planeta Chardonnay, Menfi, Sicily, Italy 2017 (£28.50, Enotria&Coe)
  • Leftfield Albariño, Gisborne, New Zealand 2018 (£14.80, Hatch Mansfield)
  • *Framingham Noble Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand 2018 (£17.99, Liberty Wines)
  • Casa De Vila Nova Alvarinho, Minho, Portugal 2018 (£11.49, Boutinot) – Trophy Winner: Best Value White
  • Waterkloof Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2017 (£12.99, Boutinot)
  • Boutinot The Tea Leaf, Wo Piekenierskloof, Olifants River, South Africa 2017 (£13.99, Boutinot)
  • Bodegas Adria Vega Montan Godello, Bierzo, Spain 2018 (£13.50, Vindependents)
  • Bodegas Viñátigo Vijariego Blanco, Tenerife, Islas Canarias, Spain 2017 (£23.99, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • Talbott Vineyards Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, USA 2016 (£30, Vindependents)


* denotes sweet wine.


Rosé Wines


  • Domaine Gavoty Cuvée Clarendon Rosé, Provence, France 2018 (£18.95, Laytons) – Trophy Winner: Best Rosé
  • Domaine De Grandpré Favorite Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France 2018 (£13.50, Vindependents)
  • Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Rosé, Côtes du Rhône, France 2018 (£13.99, Louis Latour)
  • Caves Languedoc Roussillon Rosé des Plages Premium, Languedoc Roussillon, France 2018 (£11.99, Vindependents) – Trophy Winner: Best Value Rosé


Red Wines


  • Bodega Bressia Bressia Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc, Mendoza, Argentina 2016 (£17.99, Boutinot)
  • Bodegas Melipal Supernova I, Mendoza, Argentina 2015 (£18.95, Laytons)
  • TrapichePerfiles Malbec Calcareo, Mendoza, Argentina 2015 (£17.50, Enotria&Coe)
  • Viña Cobos, Felino Malbec, Luján De Cuyo & Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2017 (£15.49, Alliance Wine)
  • Amalaya Malbec, Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Argentina 2017 (£12.99, Liberty Wine)
  • Mitolo Wines Jester Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia 2016 (£15.99, Liberty Wines)
  • Flametree Wines Embers Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia 2017 (£15.99, Vindependents)
  • Grant Burge Holy Trinity, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia 2012 (£25.99, Fine Wine Partners)
  • Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia 2016 (£19.99, Fine Wine Partners)
  • Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia 2015 (£24.99, Fine Wine Partners)
  • Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia 2013 (£122.50, Enotria&Coe)
  • Espinos y Cardos Santa Macarena Pinot Noir, Central Valley, Chile 2017 (£10.99, Alliance Wine)
  • Viña Echeverria Carmenère Reserva, Curico Valley, Chile 2016 (£9.99, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • Château De Belleverne Le Cru Des Amoureux, St-Amour, Beaujolais, France 2018 (£19.49, Boutinot)
  • Château De Grand Pré, Fleurie, Beaujolais, France 2017 (£13.41, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • Domaine Thierry Amirault ‘Clos Des Quarterons’ St-Nicolas de Bourgueil, Loire, France 2016 (£19.95, Richmond Wine Agencies)
  • Domaine Henri & Gilles Remoriquet, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy, France 2017 (£37.99, Vindependents)
  • Domaine Henri & Gilles Remoriquet 1er Cru ‘Les Bousselots’, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy, France 2017 (£56.99, Vindependents)
  • Brice Vergez Château Grandis, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France 2010 (£19.99, Vindependents)
  • Château De Rouillac, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France 2012 (£34.99, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • Georges Vigouroux Château de Haute-Serre, Cahors, France (£27.50, Enotria&Coe)
  • Vidal-Fleury, St-Joseph, Rhône, France 2015 (£26.99, Louis Latour Agencies)
  • Domaine Cazes Clos des Paulilles Red, Collioure, Roussillon, France 2017 (£16.95, Enotria&Coe)
  • Weingut Rainer Schnaitmann Simonroth Spätburgunder Trocken, Württemberg, Germany 2016 (£40.70, ABS)
  • Kovacs Nimrod Winery Monopole Blues Kekfrankos, Eger, Hungary 2015 (£16.99, Boutinot)
  • Vylyan Franc, Villanyi, Hungary 2015 (£19.50, Laytons)
  • Cà Dei Maghi Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy 2017 (£16.50, Vindependents)
  • Azienda Agricola Il Cascinone Crocera Barbera D’Asti Superiore, Piemonte, Italy 2016 (£9.99, Boutinot)
  • Azienda Agricola Il Cascinone Rive Barbera D’Asti Superiore, Piemonte, Italy 2016 (£15.99, Boutinot)
  • Castelli Dei Rampolla Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy 2016 (£24.95, Laytons)
  • Fattoria Ormanni Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy 2016 (£18.50, Vindependents)
  • Castello Di Nipozzano Frescobaldi, Chianti Rúfina Riserva Vecchie Viti, Tuscany, Italy 2015 (£29.49, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • Castelgiocondo Frescobaldi Brunello Di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2012 (£52, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • Fèlsina Berardenga ‘Fontalloro’ Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2016 (£52.99, Liberty Wines) – Trophy Winner: Best Red
  • Rocca Di Frassinello Sughere Di Frassinello, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy 2015 (£12.82, Walker & Wodehouse)
  • Masseria Setteporte Etna Rosso, Etna, Sicily 2016 (£19.99, Vindependents)
  • Feudo Maccari Saia Nero D’Avola, Sicily 2015 (£22.99, Boutinot)
  • Boccantino Susumaniello Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy 2016 (£10.50, Buckingham Schenk)
  • San Marzano Primitivo Di Manduria Riserva ‘Anniversario 62’ 2015 (£26.99, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • San Marzano Collezione 50′ Vino Rosso D’Italia, Italy NV (£21.99, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • Domaine Des Tourelles Vielles Vignes Cinsault, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2017 (£17.99, Boutinot)
  • Hunter’s Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand 2016 (£15.99, Laytons)
  • Mount Edward Ted Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand 2017 (£22.99, Alliance Wine)
  • Wild Earth Pinot Noir, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand 2016 (£24.99, Liberty Wines)
  • Akarua Rua Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand 2017 (£19.99, Liberty Wines)
  • Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand 2015 (£34.99, Liberty Wines)
  • Hartenberg Wine Estate The Stork, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2015 (£33.50, Hartenberg Estate)
  • Post House Penny Black, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2016 (£27.50, ABS)
  • Holden Manz Vernissage, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa 2015 (£13.50, Vindependents)
  • Neil Ellis Piekenierskloof Grenache, Piekenierskloof, South Africa 2015 (£20, Gonzalez Byass UK)
  • Bodegas Hispano+Suizas Bassus Finca Casilla Herrera, Valencia, Spain 2015 (£25.99, Boutinot)
  • Brisa De Verano Garnacha Tinta, Catalunya, Spain 2017 (£9.49, Boutinot) – Trophy Winner: Best Value Red
  • Uvas Felices El Hombre Bala Old Vine Garnacha, Madrid, Spain 2016 (£23.49, Boutinot)
  • Navajas Reserva Tinto, Rioja, Spain 2011 (£13.41, Walker & Wodehouse)
  • La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2010 (£31, Armit)
  • Bardos Romantica Crianza, Fuentemolinos, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2016 (£13.99, Vindependents)
  • Raymond Vineyards Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, California, USA 2016 (£19.99, Hallgarten & Novum Wines)
  • Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California, USA 2016 (£8.24, Walker & Wodehouse)


Fortified Wines


  • Bodegas Hidalgo Manzanilla en Rama, Sanlúcar De Barrameda, Jerez, Spain NV (£18, Mentzendorff)
  • Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Old Bual, Madeira, Portugal, NV (£20.75, Mentzendorff) – Trophy Winner: Best Fortified
  • Fonseca Terra Prima Organic Port, Douro, Portugal NV (£18, Mentzendorff)
  • Fonseca Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal 2012 (£16.50, Mentzendorff) – Trophy Winner: Best Value Fortified


Sparkling Wines


  • Gusbourne Brut Reserve, Kent, England 2014 (£39, Gusbourne)
  • Oedoria Crémant De Bourgogne, Burgundy, France NV (£18.95, Daniel Lambert)
  • Champagne Delavenne Grand Cru Brut Reserve, Champagne, France NV (£39.99, Vindependents)
  • Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve, Champagne, France NV (£67.99, Liberty Wines) – Trophy Winner: Best Sparkling
  • Hunter’s Miru Miru Rosé, Marlborough, New Zealand NV (£21.95, Laytons)
  • KWV Laborie Blanc de Blancs Method Cap Classique, Western Cape, South Africa 2011 (£14.99, North South Wines) – Trophy Winner: Best Value Sparkling
  • CVNE Roger Goulart Gran Cuvée Gran Reserva Cava, Spain 2011 (£20.40, Hatch Mansfield)

France leads the field

France has confirmed its position as the leading supplier for UK independent wine merchants after taking a quarter of the positions in the 2019 Wine Merchant Top 100 selection.

The competition, which is now in its sixth year, was judged by a panel of 25 independent merchants led by Wine Merchant Top 100 chair David Williams in London in April, and featured the largest-ever field of entries – 837 wines from more than 40 UK suppliers were submitted for blind tasting.

A total of 276 wines made it through into the final round of judging, with the 176 wines that just missed out on the final Top 100 earning a Highly Commended award.

Other countries to fare well in the final Top 100 were Italy with 16 wines, followed by Spain with 10 and New Zealand and Australia with eight apiece, while Hungary made its first appearance in a Top 100 selection with two wines, and Greece once again punched above its weight with three Top 100 wines.


Best Sparkling: Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve, Champagne, France NV (Liberty Wines) RRP £67.99

Best Value Sparkling: KWV Laborie Blanc de Blancs Methode Cap Classique, South Africa 2011 (North South Wines) RRP £14.99

Best Red: Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro, Toscana IGT 2016 (Liberty Wines) RRP £52.99

Best Value Red: Boutinot Brisa de Verano Garnacha Tinta, Catalunya, Spain 2017 (Boutinot) RRP £9.49

Best White: Diamantopetra White, PDO Dafnes, Kato Asites, Heraklion Crete, Greece 2018 (Vindependents) RRP £16.50

Best Value White: Casa de Vila Nova Vila Nova Alvarinho, Minho, Portugal 2018 (Boutinot) RRP £11.49

Best Rosé: Domaine Gavoty Cuvée Clarendon Rosé, Provence, France 2018 (Laytons) RRP £18.95

Best Value Rosé: Caves Languedoc-Roussillon Rosé des Plages Premium, IGP Pays d’Oc, France 2018 (Vindependents) £11.99

Best Fortified: Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Old Bual Madeira, Portugal (Mentzendorff) RRP £20.75

Best Value Fortified: Fonseca Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal 2012 (Mentzendorff) RRP £16.50

This year’s winners will be unveiled and available to taste at The Wine Merchant Top 100 stand at the London Wine Fair from May 20 to 22, with a full list of the Top 100 and Highly Commended winners published in a supplement to The Wine Merchant in July.

The judges have judged

We had a record entry in this year’s Wine Merchant Top 100 – getting on for 840 wines – and so our judging day in west London on April 9 was our busiest yet.

Our 24 judges were all independent merchants, as always – you can meet them all here.

We’re now in the process of going through all the judges’ notes and scores, and making some final checks on the wines that look set for a Top 100 position or a Highly Commended slot.

We’ll be letting entrants know how they got on in the next couple of weeks, and revealing the winners on May 20. You’ll see them announced first here, but you can also come along to the London Wine Fair where all 10 winners will be on taste at our stand.

Thanks to everyone who entered and to our fantastic judges for giving up a day to help us out. We had a brilliant panel, who refused to rush their work and gave every one of the wines they tasted a thorough asessment. The winners had to work very hard.