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Sweet success for Aldi at International Drinks Awards
07 Dec 2016


  • Christmas collection of sweet wines and ports were star performers, receiving two gold and eight silver medals
  • Aldi has won 225 awards for its drinks range in 2016 alone 

(Wednesday 7th December 2016, UK) Discount supermarket Aldi continues to impress industry experts with its drinks range, having scooped a total of 43 accolades at the prestigious International Wine Challenge.
 
Aldi was awarded 28 medals and was commended for 15 products. Aldi’s collection of sweet wines and ports, introduced for the Christmas period, were star performers - collecting seven medals in total, including golds for the Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon (£5.99) and Maynard's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012 (£8.95).
 
2016 has seen Aldi introduce its largest ever collection of port, as shopper’s look for something special to celebrate the festive period. Created exclusively for Aldi by Barão de Vilar, a top quality port producer based alongside the River Douro in Portugal, the retailer’s Maynard’s port range boasts four different bottles, including an exclusive 40 year old vintage for just £29.99.
 
The International Wine Challenge is one of the world’s most respected drinks competitions, pitting the very best wines from around the globe against each other in a series of rigorous blind taste tests.
                                                                                                          
Tony Baines, Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi, said: “The International Wine Challenge is one of the most highly respected awarding bodies in the industry and receiving 43 accolades is a testament to the work of our talented buyers and dedicated suppliers, who work tirelessly to deliver exceptional products at a great price.
 
“It’s great to see our sweet and fortified wines performing so well - the products have been exceptionally popular over the years with our customers during the festive period, and we are pleased to be offering our biggest port range to date this year.”
 
Aldi has had another impressive year with this latest set of results taking it’s medal count to 225 for its beers, wines and spirits range. This is the second gold medal this year for its Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon which triumphed at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge (IWSC) in October. The retailer was also awarded ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the IWSC awards earlier this month, as well as ‘Drink Retailer of the Year’ at the Quality Drinks Awards.
 
The full list of IWC Tranche 1 award-winning Aldi wines is as follows:
 
Gold
Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon
Maynard's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012
 
Silver
St Stephan's Crown Tokaji Aszu 5*
Andre Vannier Chablis
The Exquisite Collection Limoux Chardonnay
De Bortoli Australian Show Liqueur Muscat 8 Year Old
Maynard's Late Bottled Vintage Port 1992
Iron Horse Barossa Shiraz
Philipe Michel Cremant Du Jura
The Exquisite Collection Rioja Reserva
 
Bronze
Original Series No.1 Stellenbosch Cabernet Merlot
Andre Vannier Chablis Premier Cru
The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling
The Exquisite Collection Fleurie
Lot 18 Baden Pinot Blanc
Jean Bouchard Beaune
Maynard’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port
Maynard’s 40 Year Old Tawny Port
Lot Series Douro Grande Reserva
Wrattonbully Shiraz
The Exquisite Collection Plan De Dieu
Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante Superiore Extra Dry
Moskato Rosé
Henri de Lorgere Pouilly Fumé
Sancerre Les Perrières
The Exquisite Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
The Exquisite Collection Clairette
Meadowhawk Vineyards Ancient Vines Zinfandel
 
Commended
Estevez Cabernet-Carmenere
The Exquisite Collection Hawke's Bay 'Merlot Malbec Cabernet'
Jean Bouchard Montagny Premier Cru
Lot 21 Argentinian Chardonnay
The Exquisite Collection Valpolicalla Ripasso Superiore
La Sogara Amarone
The Exquisite Collection Malbec
Estevez Reserva Pinot Noir
Lot 19 Series Old Vines Pinotage
The Exquisite Collection South Australia Shiraz
Caversham Cream Sherry
Moskato White
The Exquisite Collection Leyda Chilean Sauvignon Reserva
The Exquisite Collection Marsanne
The Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sevre et Maine
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