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The Drinks Business Awards 2022 winners

We are thrilled to reveal the winners of the 2022 Drinks Business Awards, which were announced yesterday at a packed ceremony at the London Wine Fair.

The Drinks Business Awards were conceived 19 years ago to celebrate outstanding achievements in drinks in an array of categories, from on-trade champions to pioneering PR companies.

A full report on each winning person, brand and business will appear in the July issue of db, while today we bring you a list of the winners in each category, starting with our awards for the leaders in drinks design. 

Design & Packaging awards

Best Design & Packaging for Wine

Winner: Denomination for Wild Folk

Special commendation: Ehrmanns Wine for Beefsteak ‘The Beast’


Denomination for Wild Folk

Ehrmanns Wine for Beefsteak ‘The Beast’

Piccini for Pinnochi


Best Design & Packaging for Spirits

Winner: Denomination for Battery Point Single Malt Whisky

Special commendation: Stranger Nature New Zealand Gin


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 & Packaging for Alternative Formats

Winner: Ed Wright Creative for Laylo

Special commendation: Accolade Wines for Vino Società


Accolade Wines for Vino Società

Ed Wright Creative for Laylo

House of Canvino for Canvino


The Sparflex Award for Best English and Welsh Sparkling Wine Packaging

Winner: Coolhurst Vineyards 

Special Commendation: Dunleavy for Bottom


Coolhurst Vineyards

Dunleavy for Bottom

Flint Vineyard

Tuffon Hall


Marketing awards

Best launch of the Year

Winner: Dutch Barn Orchard Vodka

Special commendation: PepperBox Shiraz


PepperBox Shiraz

Taylor’s Chip Dry & Tonic/ White Port

Dutch Barn Orchard Vodka

Savoia Americano Rosso


PR Company of the Year

Winner: Phipps Relations


Clarion Communications

Crate Communications

May Fox Communications

Phipps Relations


Trade Campaign of the Year

Winner: Slam Communications for Alsace Wines


Consumer Campaign of the Year

Winner: The Hidden Sea for its Ocean Clean-up

Special commendation: Beefsteak for ‘Beef up your BBQ’


The Hidden Sea for its 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

Winner: FirstPour, 360 Degrees of Cava

Special commendation: Master of Malt for Whisky Icons


Master of Malt, Whisky Icons

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

Winner: Clarion Communications for Aldi Champagne Bar

Special commendation: Whisky Show 2021


Aldi Champagne Bar

Mud House x Nomadic

Whisky Show 2021

The Hidden Sea


Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism

Winner wine:The Three Drinkers in Ireland

Special commendation: The Whisky Exchange, Barbados


The Three Drinkers in Ireland

Cognac Frapin

The Whisky Exchange, Barbados


Retail awards

Independent Retailer of the Year

Winner: Drop Wines

Special commendation: Hedonism Wines


Amathus Drinks

Drop Wine

Hedonism Wines

Tomoka Fine and Rare


Online Retailer of the Year 

Winner: Naked Wines

Special commendation: Master of Malt

Winner (specialist): Sip Champagnes

Special commendation (specialist): Marlo Wine


Naked Wines

Sip Champagnes

Master of Malt

Marlo Wine


Fine Wine Retailer of the Year 

Winner: Berry Bros. & Rudd

Special commendation: Hedonism Wines


Berry Bros. & Rudd

Hedonism Wines

Bordeaux Index


Retail Buying Team of the Year

Winner: Majestic Wine

Special commendation: The Wine Society


Harvey Nichols

Majestic Wine

The Wine Society

The Whisky Exchange


Retail Buyer of the Year

Winner: Nick Larsson-Bell


Multiples Retailer of the Year:

Winner: Majestic Wine

Special Commendation: Aldi

Company awards

Drinks Company of the Year

Winner: Liberty Wines

Special commendation: Accolade Wines

Special commendation: Caleño Drinks


Archie Rose Distilling Co

Accolade Wines

Bibendum Wine

Caleño Drinks

Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Liberty Wines


On-trade Supplier of the Year

Winner: Liberty Wines

Special commendation: Graft Wine


Bibendum Wine

Bancroft Wines

Graft Wine

Liberty Wines


Logistics awards  

Trading Platform of the Year

Winner wine: LiveTrade, Bordeaux Index

Winner spirits: Spiritrade


Logistics Company of the Year

Winner STI Internazionale


Distribution Company of the Year

Winner wine: London City Bond

Winner spirits: Master of Malt Trade


Best Supply Chain Initiative

Winner: Kuehne + Nagel for VinLog

Special commendation: The Park for Strexit


Personality awards

Young Achiever of the Year: Ellie Webb

Woman of the Year: Dr. Laura Catena

Man of the Year: John K’Otieno

The Lifetime Achievement Award: Ian Harris MBE



DB Awards partner: Bevica

English packaging award sponsor: Sparflex

Trophy supplier: Glencairn Crystal

Drinks suppliers: 

Domaine Bousquet for the Gaia Organic Red Blend

Beefsteak Club for the Sauvignon Blanc

Champagne Palmer for the Brut Reserve

Bordeaux Index for L’Exuberance Rose

Ty Nant, for the Welsh spring water

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