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The Drinks Business Awards 2021 shortlist

Following a week of impassioned judging sessions on Zoom, we are delighted to reveal the shortlisted entries for The Drinks Business Awards 2021.

From those in the retail sector to importers, designers and PR gurus, the awards recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry.

In addition to the categories listed below, a number of major awards will be announced at the ceremony in September, which we will bring you details of soon.

These awards are:

Man of the Year

Woman of the Year

The Lifetime Achievement Award

Young Achiever of the Year

Retail Buyer of the Year

Retail Buying Team of the Year

Retail Award

Logistics Company of the Year

Best Supply Chain Initiative


Shortlists for the design & packaging awards

Best Design & Packaging for Spirits

Nude Brand Creation for Redbreast Irish Whiskey Bird Feeder bottle

Nude Brand Creation for Ripping Yarns Golden Spiced Rum

Stranger & Stranger for Eminente Reserva Rum

Stranger & Stranger for Kastra Vodka

Stranger & Stranger for Stranahan’s 10 Year Old

Lewis Moberly for Benriach


Best Design & Packaging for Wine

Argency for Seña 2019

Barlow & Co for Marks & Spencer Found range

Della Vite and Buchanan Studio for Della Vite Proscecco Superiore DOCG

Denomination for La Noblesse

Viña VIK for La Piu Belle and La Piu Belle Rosé

Oxford Landing


Best Design & Packaging for Fortified Wine

Denomination for Cockburn’s Tails of the Unexpected

Denomination for Quinta da Pedro Alta White Port

Omdesign for Kopke Port

Stranger & Stranger for Azaline Vermouth

Symington Family Estate and Alexandra Sousa Ribeiro for Graham’s Port


The Sparflex Award for Best English and Welsh Sparkling Wine Packaging

Albourne Estate

Artelium Wine Estate

Balfour Winery

Busi Jacobsohn Wine Estate

Hundred Hills


Shortlist for the company awards

Drinks Company of the Year

Bibendum Wines

Hallgarten & Novum

Liberty Wines


Viña Concha y Toro


On-trade Supplier of the Year


Bancroft Wines

Bibendum Wines

Hallgarten & Novum

Liberty Wines


Shortlist for the retail awards

Independent Retailer of the Year

Bon Coeur Fine Wine

Cambridge Wine Merchants

Vagabond Wines


Online Retailer of the Year

31 Dover

Marlo Wine

The Whisky Exchange

Waitrose Cellar


Fine Wine Retailer of the Year

Bordeaux Index

Cambridge Wine Merchants

Independent Wine

Marlo Wine


Trading Platform of the Year

Bordeaux Index



Shortlist for the marketing awards

Best Launch of the Year

Benchmark Drinks for Kylie Minogue Wines

Bosman Family Vineyards for Bosman Nero

Cockburn’s for Tails of the Unexpected

The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co for the Pinter

White Claw Hard Seltzer


PR Company of the Year

Clementine Communications

Gregory + Vine

Phipps Relations

Smith & Vine PR

Trade Campaign of the Year

Eat Spain Drink Spain

Pol Roger Portfolio for its Napa Valley agencies

Washington State Wine Commission for Sommlight

Slam Communications for Alsace Wines

The Wine Agency for ‘Wines of Portugal Month – June is for Indies!’


Consumer Campaign of the Year

Bloom Gin

Hardys Certainty Campaign and ‘Money Back Guarantee’

Slam Communications for Tío Pepe

The Hidden Sea

Social Media Campaign of the Year

Chelsea & Co Agency for International Sherry Week

Clarity Comms for HobtoberFest

Clementine Communications for Glen Moray Meets

Highland Park / Hydrogen for Inner Circle

Gallo for Dark Horse


Drinks Event of the Year

Eminent Wines for the Royal British Legion Centenary Champagne

The London Wine Fair Digital Edition

The Whisky Exchange Virtual Whisky Show 2020

UAE Vine Festival


Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism

Casa Valle Viñamar

Chene Bleu

Le Cassisium

New Zealand Winegrowers

Roe & Co. Distillery


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