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Tanners Accolades


Recent National Awards


Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
Outstanding Retailer Of The Year


Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
Large Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 


Tanners Wines named Winner of the IWC Large Independent Merchant of the Year 2015International Wine Challenge Awards 2015
UK’s Large Independent Merchant of the Year


Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Large Independent Wine Retailer of the Year - Runner Up


Decanter World Wine Awards 2012/13
UK’s Regional Merchant of the Year - Runner Up


Harpers Top Merchants Awards 2012
Best Independent Wine Merchant (over three stores)


Portuguese Wine Awards 2012
Independent Merchant of the Year


Daily Telegraph - Mary Portas Best Small Shops in Britain 2012
Finalist – ‘Best for Wine’


Decanter World Wine Awards 2011/12
UK’s Regional Merchant of the Year


Harpers Top Merchants Awards 2012

International Wine Challenge 2010/11
Wine List of the Year


Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
Independent Merchant of the Year


International Wine Challenge 2009
Austria Specialist of the Year
Germany Specialist of the Year


International Wine Challenge 2008
Large Independent Merchant of the Year
and Direct Merchant of the Year



Recent Press Comments


Here's a small selection of what journalists have to say about Tanners.
To read what they say about our wines, View our Press Reviews page


The Mail on Sunday
‘Tanners – a terrific independent wine merchant… with a spiffing new website’
Olly Smith, October 2012


The Daily Mail
‘Tanners is a superb company and their expertise is on display in every sip’
Matthew Jukes, October 2012


The Spectator
‘the wonderful Tanners of Shrewsbury’
Simon Hoggart, May 2012


The Sunday Times
‘Tanners, the estimable Shropshire Wine Merchants’
Bob Tyrer, October 2011


Decanter World Wine Awards 2011/12

The Independent
‘the peerless Tanners of Shrewsbury, the ultimate country wine merchant.’
Anthony Rose, September 2011


Decanter Magazine
‘James Tanner…has a steady hand, maintaining standards, expanding and improving the range and ensuring that the firm continues to offer all the services no supermarket or high street chain can match.’
October 2011


The Wine Gang
‘Tanners isn’t only about range and reasonable prices: it has a long held reputation for service, steered by the Tanner family which has owned and run it for four generations.’
June 2011


BBC Good Food Magazine
‘Tanners....A long-standing family business with traditional classics, as well as newer styles; well priced too.’
Sarah Jane Evans, November 2010


The Daily Telegraph
‘Tanners of Shrewsbury is an old favourite.’
Jonathan Ray, September 2010


The Times
‘… voted one the 'ten most charming shops in Britain'. Within lies one of the most outstanding wine selections in the country.’
Jane Macquitty, July 2010



International Wine Challenge Wine List of the Year 2010Customer Comments


As much as we love winning awards, the most important thing to us is what our customers think.
We're very fortunate that so many of them take the time to write to us,
here's a selection of what they have to say:


‘A word of appreciation for the outstanding service you give.
I ordered this wine on Sunday and it was delivered safely by a very cheerful driver on Tuesday.
Incroyable as the French say. Thank you very much.’
C T, Sevenoaks, July 2011


‘Thank you very much for your excellent service and it was a pleasure to order from you.’
M B, Iffley, Oxford, October 2011


‘I popped into Tanners on Friday evening trying to get hold of a bottle of 1971 armagnac. The Shrewsbury shop had sold out but I was told that you could send a bottle from one of the other shops. Sure enough it arrived around lunchtime on Monday – the next working day! Excellent! Three cheers for good old fashioned service’
A E, Whitchurch, December 2011


“We had a fantastic experience in your Bridgnorth branch…were we in for a shock? Good old customer service. The girl who sorted out our wines was great, the shop as a joy…In the end, what is the money with your staff? PURE ENJOYMENT. Thank you.”
P & D M, by e.mail, December 2011


‘Also I would like to thank you and the wine connoisseurs for arranging and picking out some unbelievable and wonderful wines. I now look at wines in a different way; the ones you have been sending me are truly magnificent.’
D B, Essex, November 2011


‘thank you for taking the time and effort to write to me…I was very grateful that you did this and made me think you take customer service seriously. Nice one.’
G G, London, November 2011


‘Not a purchase today, but a quick comment about the article on The Douro. We really did enjoy it. Good mixture of entertainment and information.’
S & B S, Bosbury, August 2011


‘ The drinks went down marvellously well and we had so many compliments on the wine for the meal, we are very pleased that we chose Tanners to supply our drinks’
R F, London, August 2011


‘Many thanks to you ..for your diligent help and excellent advice!’
R G, Wolverhampton, June 2011


‘Thanks for your prompt and positive response. Great service, as always.’
T B, Blackburn, May 2011


‘Thanks very much for that. He received the wines this morning with 2 of his favourites in the package. Good choice.’
M G, Sutton Coldfield, May 2011


‘Congratulations on the selection of wines in the Gold Mixed…SUPERB Quality and VERY VERY pleasant! Thank you SO much for those. Worth every penny.’
C G, Shrewsbury, April 2011


‘Just wanted to congratulate all concerned on last Tuesday’s tasting…the best to date. A superb range of wines, together with their producers, plus the added bonus of being able to taste 2009 lying abroad. A wonderful evening only slightly spoiled by the fact that it was not possible to taste everything – my fault, as I was too tied up with the Burgundy upstairs then the Rhone in the shop!!’
P M, Ruthin, March 2011


‘an excellent winetasters evening – thanks for your singular contribution!’
J P, Middlesex, March 2011


‘Excuse this hasty note. The reason I am writing at all is to express my admiration for the way you look after us as a customer.’
S E, Monmouth, November 2010


‘I am back from our house party in Perthshire…the wine was greatly appreciated by all and I wanted to thank you for your advice….one of our friends was so impressed that she asked if a copy of your wine list could be sent to her.’
J Y, Welshpool, December 2010