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.