We are very excited to announce that Dunell's has just been crowned national IWC Small Independent Wine Merchant of the Year 2019!
Described as the “Oscars of the Wine Trade”, Jane and myself attended the glittering International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards on Tuesday evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. We were extremely excited to be nominated for both a regional award as well as the main national award.
The wine trade is hugely competitive so to receive two nominations is a massive achievement in itself, but we were delighted to be awarded Regional Wine Merchant of the Year for South & South East England for the fourth year in a row.
Settling in to the rest of the evening and the main awards ceremony, we were certainly not expecting to then go on and win the highly prestigious award of Small Independent of the Year. The competition is always tough against multiple award-winning merchants from around the UK so to say we were gobsmacked when they announced Dunell's as the winner is a massive understatement.
As we were walking up to collect the award they announced... "It’s been an incredibly exciting year for Dunell’s. A very impressive shop makeover and continued investment in the business. They have a great range of wines which is brilliantly merchandised. They offer a truly exciting place for consumers to buy wine."
This accolade is so rewarding after opening both our town and Gorey shops in recent years as well as completing our 11 month renovation programme of the Beaumont shop in 2018. It was arguably the most stressful year coping with constant noise, dirt and dust whilst keeping the shop fully operational but it has all been worth it and we couldn't be prouder of all that we have achieved.
To be crowned the best in the whole of the UK is just mind-blowing and is tribute to our amazing team for all their continued hard work and dedication in delivering the very best customer service and shopping experience. Huge thanks also to Jane who spent over 5 weeks working on our submission which was described on the night as 'awesome'.
To watch the highlights of the IWC 2019 Awards Dinner please click... http://bit.ly/2SbHtBn
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your wonderful support. We will continue striving to offer all our customers the very best we possibly can in terms of service and product range and all at the very best prices.
Neil and Jane Pinel