the 2023 competition is open!

Welcome the The Wine Merchant Top 100 for 2023!

We’re now asking importers of all sizes to start thinking about their entries for this year’s competition. It doesn’t matter if your wine is on sale in one shop, or one hundred. As long as it’s exclusive to the independent trade, it’s welcome to take part.

As always, our judges will be made up of a panel of about 40 independent merchants from across the UK. Many of them like to work through their wines with their teams, so actually the real number of judges is always in excess of 100. Do you want to join them? Email to register your interest.

This year, as well as announcing the Top 100 list and our Highly Commended winners, we’re introducing a new category just for wines with a retail price of £15 or below. There’s no need to enter this section separately: it’s likely that many of the wines in this list will also feature in the main Top 100 and Highly Commended placings. This is simply a new way of presenting them, and focusing on the great value the independent trade can offer at more everyday price points.

As always we will also have a dozen or so Trophy winners, and the winners will be unveiled on the floor of the London Wine Fair in May. The wines will also be available to taste on The Wine Merchant’s stand.

We’re looking forward to another terrific competition, and one that reflects the quality, diversity and value that independent wine merchants offer. Good luck!