Aldi dominates the wins at the International wine awards

Bottoms up! British supermarkets M&S, Tesco and Morrisons take top prizes at the International Wine Challenge with bottles costing as little as £6.25

  • Over 200 judges tasted thousands of wines at the International Wine Challenge 
  • Aldi, M&S, Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose won gold awards at the ceremony
  • Cheapest winning UK supermarket wine is a £6.25 offering from Morrisons

British supermarkets have won more than a dozen top prizes at a prestigious international wine awards.  

Own-label wines from Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons all took home gold awards in the International Wine Challenge, which is considered one of the world’s most rigorous wine tasting competitions. 

Meanwhile Aldi – a favourite with British shoppers – was given yet another top prize for the Tasmanian Terraverde Pinot Noir, 2018 (£10.99), which is sold exclusively by the German retailer.  

Best of all, the bottles don’t cost a fortune, with prices starting from as little as £6.25.


British supermarkets have won top prizes at a prestigious international wine awards. The Sparkling category belonged to M&S, which won gold for its Delacourt Champagne Vintage Brut, 2004 (£27), left, and its Le Caves De Hautes Côtes Crémant De Bourgogne Brut, NV (£10)

The International Wine Challenge, which took place across four days last month, saw more than 200 industry experts sample thousands of wines from around the world. 

Each bottle was given a rating out of 100. Those that scored 95 or more are given a gold award – the highest tier available.  


Tesco triumphed in the red category with its Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2018 (£13), left, alongside Aldi’s exclusive Tasmanian Terraverde Pinot Noir, 2018 (£10.99), right

Thirteen gold medals were given to wines available at five of the UK’s most popular supermarkets: Aldi, M&S, Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose.

How were the results decided?

Now in its 37th year, the International Wine Challenge is accepted as the world’s most rigorous, impartial and influential wine competition.

The International Wine Challenge assesses every wine ‘blind’ and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. 

Each medal-winning wine is tasted on at least three separate occasions by a minimum of 12 different judges including Masters of Wine. 

Awards include medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended awards.  

M&S and Waitrose were given four gold awards each; Tesco and Aldi took two apiece and Morrisons won one in the Fortified Wines category for its £6.25 Wm Morrison Oloroso.

The Sparkling category belonged to M&S, which was given two awards for its own label Le Caves De Hautes Côtes Crémant De Bourgogne Brut, NV (£10) and its Delacourt Champagne Vintage Brut, 2004 (£27). 

The Hattingley Valley Rosé, 2015 (£37), available at Waitrose, was also given a gold. 

Tesco triumphed in the red category with its Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2018 (£13), alongside Aldi’s exclusive Tasmanian Terraverde Pinot Noir, 2018 (£10.99), which is a multi award-winner.

Another Australian wine, the Tasmanian Artisan Chardonnay, 2017 (£16.99), which is exclusive to Aldi, was also given a gold in the white category. 

Other winners in the group include O’Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling, 2011 (£18), and the Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons Domaine, 2017 (£25.99), both available at Waitrose. 


Morrisons won one in the Fortified Wines category for its £6.25 Wm Morrison Oloroso, left. Right, The Tasmanian Artisan Chardonnay, 2017 (£16.99), which is exclusive to Aldi, took gold

Helen McGinn, Co-Chair of the International Wine Challenge, commented: ‘It’s brilliant to see such quality in the UK supermarkets and at such great value too. 

‘Many of the Gold and Silver winners are ideal accompaniments to the Christmas table and there’s an impressive range to choose from.

‘Our judges have worked hard to pick the best wines possible for you this Christmas, and we’re delighted with the results.’ 

Supermarket sweep! Gold winners at the International Wine Challenge

SPARKLING WINES

Marks & Spencer – Le Caves De Hautes Côtes Crémant De Bourgogne Brut, NV – £10

Marks & Spencer – Delacourt Champagne Vintage Brut, 2004 – £27

Waitrose – Hattingley Valley Rosé, 2015 – £37

WHITE WINES  

Aldi – Tasmanian Artisan Chardonnay, 2017 – £16.99

Waitrose – O’Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling, 2011 – £18

Waitrose – Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons Domaine, 2017 – £25.99

RED WINES

Aldi – Tasmanian Terraverde Pinot Noir, 2018 – £10.99

Tesco – Finest Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2018 – £13 

Waitrose – The Forger Shiraz, 2017 – £24.99

FORTIFIED WINES

Morrisons – The Best Oloroso, NV – £6.25

Marks & Spencer – Manzanilla, NV £7

Marks & Spencer – Very Rare Pedro Ximenez, NV – £9 

Tesco – Finest Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2014 – £11

 

 

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