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The Drinks Business Awards 2022 shortlist revealed

Ahead of the DB Awards ceremony, which takes place at the London Wine Fair on 8 June, we unveil the brands that have made it onto the shortlist across all categories. 

Held annually, The Drinks Business Awards recognise and reward the top performers across the international drinks industry from the last 12 months, in areas ranging from marketing and social media clout to impactful launches and exceptional individuals.

The diverse range of contenders, and the budget with which each has to operate, were carefully considered by our expert judging panel at both in-person and virtual sessions. The below reflects who and what they felt to be the cream of the crop from during the last year.

Additional awards will be announced at the ceremony in June including:

Man of the Year

Woman of the Year

Young Achiever of the Year

The Lifetime Achievement Award


Shortlists for Design & Packaging awards

Best design and packaging for spirits:

Stranger & Stranger for Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto

Denomination for Battery Point Single Malt Whisky

Stranger & Stranger for Santa Ana Gin

Stranger & Stranger for Savoia Americano Rosso

Strange Nature Gin

Best design and packaging for wine:

Denomination for Wild Folk

Ehrmanns Wine for Beefsteak ‘The Beast’

Piccini for Pinnochio


The Sparflex Award for Best English and Welsh Sparkling Wine Packaging:

Coolhurst Vineyards


Flint Vineyard

Tuffon Hall

Best design and packaging for alternative formats:

Accolade Wines for Vino Società

Ed Wright Creative for Laylo

House of Canvino for Canvino


Shortlists for Company awards

Drinks Company of the Year:

Archie Rose Distilling Co

Accolade Wines

Bibendum Wine

Caleño Drinks

Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Liberty Wines


On-trade Supplier of the Year:

Bibendum Wine

Bancroft Wines

Graft Wine

Liberty Wines


Distribution Company of the Year:


Proof Drinks

Master of Malt Trade

Spirit Cartel


Shortlists for Retail awards:

Independent Retailer of the Year:

Amathus Drinks

Drop Wine

Hedonism Wines

Tomoka Fine and Rare


Online Retailer of the Year:

Naked Wines

Sip Champagnes

Master of Malt

Marlo Wine


Fine Wine Retailer of the Year:

Berry Bros. & Rudd

Hedonism Wines

Bordeaux Index


Retail Buying Team of the Year:

Harvey Nichols

Majestic Wine

The Wine Society

The Whisky Exchange



Shortlists for marketing awards

Best Launch of the Year:

PepperBox Shiraz

Taylor’s Chip Dry & Tonic/ White Port

Dutch Barn Orchard Vodka

Savoia Americano Rosso


PR Company of the Year:

Clarion Communications

Crate Communications

May Fox Communications

Phipps Relations

Consumer Campaign of the Year:

The Hidden Sea for it’s ocean clean-up

Casillero del Diablo for ‘World’s Greatest Thief’

PinotPinot for its Toni & Guy initiative

Beefsteak for ‘Beef up your BBQ’

Phipps Relations for Majestic Wine’s Nationwide Cork Recycling

Social Media Campaign of the Year:

Whisky Icons, Master of Malt

FirstPour, 360 Degrees of Cava

Hobgoblin, Best Sipped in the Dark

Whisky Exchange, Drinks 101

Echo Falls, Perfect Night In Challenge


Drinks Event of the Year:

Aldi Champagne Bar

Mud House x Nomadic

Whisky Show 2021

The Hidden Sea


Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism:

The Three Drinkers in Ireland

Cognac Frapin

The Whisky Exchange, Barbados


Also shortlisted are the following companies for further awards, to be announced on the day, including:

Bordeaux Index Fine Wine & Spirits

SLAM Communications

Sommlight Digital Conversation Series


STI Internazionale SpA

Strexit – The Park


Best of luck to all shortlisted entries and watch this space for the winners, which will be revealed at 4pm on Wednesday 8 June in the Olympia Room at the London Wine Fair. If you would like to attend the ceremony please contact










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