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db Awards 2016: the winners

Following the 13th annual db Awards ceremony at the London Wine Fair 2016 this week, here we publish the full list of winners in each category.

Now in its 13th year, the db Awards have become one of the most respected commemorations in the drinks industry.

From the retail sector to importers, logistics, design, marketing campaigns and launches, the db Awards are designed to recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry.

Unveiled each year at the London Wine Fair, it is a chance for outstanding companies and individuals to win high profile recognition in front of some of the industry’s most influential representatives.

This year, the event took place on Wednesday 4 May at the Olympia exhibition centre in west London.

Full details on all of our award winners will be published in the next issue of the drinks business.

Scroll through to see who picked up awards at this year’s ceremony…

Best Design and Packaging in Wine

Winner: Altaland, Stranger & Stranger

Runner up: Enfant Terrible, Denomination

Special Commendation: Winecraft, Stranger & Stranger

Special Commendation: Ramos Pinto RP10, OM Design


  • Altaland – Stranger & Stranger
  • Enfant Terrible – Denomination
  • Ramos Pinto RP10 – OM Design
  • Winecraft – Stranger & Stranger

Best Design and Packaging in Spirits

Winner: Isle of Harris Gin, Stranger & Stranger

Runner up: Quinine Gin, ATOM Supplies

Special Commendation: Chivas Regal ‘The Icon’, Coley Porter Bell


  • Chivas Regal ‘The Icon’, Coley Porter Bell
  • Isle of Harris Gin, Stranger & Stranger
  • Quinine Gin, ATOM Supplies
  • Sauza Tequila, Webb de Vlam

Vin de France Special Award, sponsored by Anivin de France

Winner: Pure Petit Verdot

Best Consumer Campaign

Winner: The Championships, Wimbledon, Champagne Lanson

Runner up: Le Tour de France 2015, Cono Sur


  • Domaine Evremond, R&R Teamwork / Hatch Mansfield
  • Le Tour de France 2015, Cono Sur
  • The Championships, Wimbledon, Champagne Lanson
  • Wolf Blass, Treasury Wine Estates

Best Launch

Winner: Domaine Evremond – History in the making (R&R Teamwork / Hatch Mansfield)

Best Social Media Campaign

Winner: Laphroaig #BIGOPINIONS, White Label UK

Special Commendation: International Sherry Week, ESOES Digital Solutions


  • International Sherry Week, ESOES Digital Solutions
  • Laphroaig #BIGOPINIONS, White Label UK
  • The Last Days of Tua Esporão
  • #WhiskySanta, Master of Malt

Drinks Event of the Year 

Winner (Trade): The Showcase, Enotria & Coe

Winner (Consumer): The Sunday Times Vintage Festival, Direct Wines

Runner Up: The Whisky Show, The Whisky Exchange


  • Diageo Special Releases Story PR
  • Mercado Chileno Wines of Chile
  • Polo in the Park Champagne Lanson
  • The Sunday Times Vintage Festival Direct Wines
  • The Showcase Enotria&Coe
  • The Whisky Show The Whisky Exchange

Logistics Company of the Year

Winner: JF Hillebrand

Special Commendation: STI Internazionale


  • LCB
  • JF Hillebrand
  • STI Internazionale
  • Kuehne+ Nagel

Supply Chain Initiative of the Year


Winner: Liv-Ex

PR Company of the Year

Winner: Deussen Global Communications

Runner up: Phipps


  • Clarion Communications
  • Deussen Global Communications
  • LDR
  • Phipps

On-trade Supplier of the Year

Winner: Liberty Wines


  • Bibendum
  • Enotria&Coe
  • Jascots
  • Liberty Wines

Drinks Company of the Year

Winner: Concha Y Toro UK

Runner up: Liberty Wines

Special commendation: Bibendum PLB Group


  • Bibendum PLB Group
  • Concha y Toro UK
  • Liberty Wines
  • Treasury Wine Estates


Independent Retailer of the Year

Winner: Borough Wines

Runner up: Wood Winters Wine and Whiskies

Special commendation: Real Ale – The Shop


  • Borough Wines
  • Real Ale – The Shop
  • Vagabond Wines
  • WoodWinters Wines & Whiskies

Retailer of the Year

Winner: Waitrose

Runner up: Aldi


  • Adnams
  • Aldi
  • Majestic
  • Waitrose

Online Retailer of the Year

Winner: The Whisky Exchange


  • Laithwaites
  • Master of Malt
  • The Whisky Exchange
  • Virgin Wines

Fine Wine Retailer of the Year

Winner: BI Wines

Runner up: Goedhuis & Co


  • BI Wines
  • Goedhuis & Co
  • Hedonism Wines

Retail Buying Team of the Year

Winner: Waitrose

Special commendation: Hedonism Wines


  • Hedonism Wines
  • Waitrose

Retail Buyer of the Year

Winner: Daphne Teremetz, Spar

Travel Retail Operator of the Year

Winner: Dubai Duty Free

Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism

Winner: Sula Vineyards

Runner up: Susana Baldo Wines


  • The Douro Boys
  • Sula Vineyards
  • Susana Balbo Wines
  • Tasting Table

Woman of the Year

Winner: Barbara Banke, Jackson Family Wines

Man of the Year

Winner: Troy Christensen, Enotria&Coe

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Mark Savage MW

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