We are proud of our awards...
Large Independent of the Year
International Wine Challenge 2017
Outstanding Retailer Of The Year
Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
Large Independent Wine Retailer of the Year
Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
UK’s Large Independent Merchant of the Year
International Wine Challenge Awards 2015
Large Independent Wine Retailer of the Year - Runner Up
Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
UK’s Regional Merchant of the Year - Runner Up
Decanter World Wine Awards 2012/13
Best Independent Wine Merchant (over three stores)
Harpers Top Merchants Awards 2012
Mary Portas Best Small Shops in Britain 2012 Finalist – ‘Best for Wine’
UK’s Regional Merchant of the Year
Decanter World Wine Awards 2011/12
Wine List of the Year
International Wine Challenge 2010/11
Independent Merchant of the Year
Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
Germany Specialist of the Year
International Wine Challenge 2009
Austria Specialist of the Year
International Wine Challenge 2009
Large Independent Merchant of the Year and Direct Merchant of the Year
International Wine Challenge 2008
Direct Merchant of the Year
International Wine Challenge 2008
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.
100 most influential people in wine - James Tanner #62
"James Tanner is the fourth generation to head up the seven-strong chain of wine merchants called Tanners, which has been family-run since it started in 1842. The company, recently described by wine columnist Jane MacQuitty as “a Shropshire gem”, has continued to increase the diversity of its wine ranges as well as investing in expansion . Its most recent outlet is a converted cinema in Chester, while it also increased its warehouse space in Welshpool last year and made improvements to its website."
TOP 50 INDEPENDENT RETAILERS – Placed 43rd
"With its latest accounts filed ahead of the Brexit vote, the strong pound boosted sales at family wine merchants Tanners Wines. Greater range diversity helped too, as did success as its new outlet at a converted cinema in Chester. It has increase its warehousing space in Welshpool and upgraded its website."
'The Perfect Country Wine Merchant'
Decanter Awards Judging Panel, September 2016
“Tanners, whose range was the best I have seen from them for quite a while. This long-standing, family-run Shropshire wine merchant has always taken more trouble with its German range than most of its peers.”
“It’s good to see that after nearly 150 years, Tanner in Shrewsbury remains a Shropshire gem under James Tanner.”
Jane MacQuitty, August 2016
“Can private label ever be a good thing? …when the buying is done well, from good producers, then the results are worthwhile. The same goes for the own label wines from the likes of Tanners. In each case, it’s because the fundamental business of each retailer is sound, producer-badged wines that are bought for quality reasons.”
Jamie Goode, March 2016
‘the wondrous Tanners of Shrewsbury.’
Simon Hoggart, April 2013
‘one of the country’s oldest and most celebrated, specialist wine companies …kicking supermarket butt on flavour, value and authenticity.’
Matthew Jukes, October 2013
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 C, Kent, June 2017
'Again what service from Tanners and their delivery company, order placed early afternoon on the 27th June arrived 13.30 hrs today [28th]. We live in Kent near Canterbury a couple of hundred miles distance, this is excellent service.'
C H, Deeside, June 2017
'Sadly, there are few occasions nowadays when it is possible to congratulate organisations for their outstanding quality of customer service. However I feel that I must inform you of such service at your Chester branch. Since it opened I have become a regular, but small purchaser of your wines... Everytime that I visit I am greeted enthusiastically by Mathew and his staff and given considerable help and advice by them. What I find most helpful is the advice given for food matching and I have no hesitation in asking for help... I am currently enjoying wines from your 'House Selection' and I have to say just how good they are. Additionally I would like to congratulate you on the quality of your latest Anniversary Wine List - it is a masterpiece and I can't put it down!! It merits a place on everyone's coffee table.'
J R, Worcester, April 2017
'We just had to write to say how much we are enjoying your new beer and we hope you continue to brew it. Our delivery came yesterday and it could take over from our Friday bottle of wine. The bitterness was just right and it left a fabulous bitter chocolate/caramel aftertaste. Perfect with "Gardeners World"!'
M N, London, March 2017
'I am writing to congratulate you on the tremendous customer service I recently received from your company. This is a level of service I sadly have not encountered in years. It was exemplary, I had expected a ‘there’s nothing we can do answer’. '
H R, Hereford, May 2017
'We cracked open some fizz on the weekend to celebrate my wife completing a course at Worcester University. Tanners Extra Brut followed by Moet et Chandon Imperial Brut NV. By a country mile your own label champagne was superior. Far more flavour, character and body. I guess you know this anyway! But I thought I’d mention if as a customer. We will certainly stick with your label in future.'
R T, Much Wenlock, May 2016
‘Just wanted to compliment you on the speed with which you respond to orders. You are considerably quicker than any other wine company I’ve dealt with. Much appreciated.’
D W, Kent, January 2017
'This is the first time I have purchased from you, and am impressed to have just received the order so quickly, despite the bank holiday period! Thank you.'
K W, London, November 2016
‘Just a very quick email on my return home this evening (we spoke on the 'phone this morning briefly) to thank you for excellent service and for getting my gift off to Newcastle safely.’
F O, Manchester, June 2016
‘I placed this order at midday yesterday and it was acknowledged within 4 minutes and delivered at 10.30am this morning. Just a note to say how impressed I am with your service.’
F M, Kent, October 2016
'First ‘Hussar!’ I’m delighted to have found a wine merchant that actually supplies half bottles. I cannot be the only person who doesn’t (and doesn’t wish to) quaff wine by the bucketful.
Second ‘Hussar!’ You actually carry a reasonably wide range from which we can choose, including a fair few at the more affordable end of the scale. I have tried the Tons de Duorum, of which I’d never heard but which was a revelation. It’ll be the Claret for lunch today.
Third ‘Hussar!’ You don’t, thankfully, use ‘Yodel’ (whose appallingness mere words cannot adequately describe), so my order was delivered early on Saturday morning, as requested, by an affable chap who brought the cases in for me in deference to my iffy back. All in all this has been a very pleasant surprise. Without wishing to sound too fawning, you can confidently anticipate further orders from me in the future.'
A C, Sittingbourne, April 2016
‘I would once again like to thank you for the exceptional delivery service for the above order which i received some 30 minutes ago which was delivered to me 24 hrs.to the minute from placing the order with Rachel Armstrong on the previous day, Being a couple of hundred miles from you in Kent, this is Brilliant!!’
C M, Fordingbridge, March 2016
‘I would like to thank you for your assiduous attention to my request for an unusual wine tasting at the Rockbourne wine club. Your wine selection and covering notes will make my task as presenter so much easier. Your help has reinforced all the great comments about your Company and I am most grateful for the time and support you have given me.’
S W, Fife, January 2017
'Yesterday Friday 6th January at 13.30 I ordered 4 x Elysium Black Muscat by phone from Robin Torrens asking for Saturday delivery. The delivery arrived here in Fife at 09.30 this morning Saturday 7th. Thank you for an excellent service, very impressive.'
I W, Wootton-under-Edge, March 2016
‘Thanks as ever for your wonderful wines that never disappoint. The Gevrey Chambertin we had for Valentines was fab.’
M G, Mold, February 2016
‘May I say that I am very impressed with your service. Having placed my order yesterday we received it this morning!’
M W, Hook, January 2016
‘I have always had excellent service and excellent advice from Tanners. I ordered two cases at 2pm yesterday and the delivery driver was on my doorstep this morning, and this is not the first time I’ve received such a swift delivery. I have been dealing with Tanners for many years now and have always found it to be a nice and friendly company.’
R H, Oxford, December 2015
‘The miraculous Tanners’
P L, Wareham, December 2015
‘Just a few quick lines to say thank you for such professional service. It is such a pleasant change these days to always find someone on the other end of the phone who knows what they are doing and has such a good telephone manner. My most recent two orders were handled very well by Mr Blountflower and Mr Melhuish. Thank you all.’
N C, Welshpool, December 2015
‘I visited your store to seek advice for what to drink with our Christmas Day lunch. With a depth of knowledge suitable to our inexperience in wine buying, the person who served us was most helpful, taking time to explain what wine would be suitable for each foodstuff. We came away with a superb bottle of 2012 Vacqueyras a bottle of of Tanners Haut Medoc Super Claret and two bottles of Tanners Prosecco. These, together with good company and superb rib of beef made our Christmas day special. Many thanks for the excellent service you provided.’
J N, Andover, December 2015
‘I have been very impressed indeed… I could not have wished for a better experience.’