Top Tier Ranking Suffolk based Adnams

ADNAMS has been crowned East of England Stand Out Wine Retailer, according to the leading national trade review for wine merchants.

Harpers Wine and Spirit Magazine announced this month that the Southwold-born brand had taken the top spot in this particular category, and 15th in the main National Best Independent Wine Retailer category, in the publication’s Best Indies 2024 chart.

Wine retailers all over the UK are assessed as part of the ranking process, with a Top 50 released at the start of January every year.

Adnams opened its first wine and kitchenware store in 1987 in Southwold in the old brewery bottling store. The company’s expansion across East Anglia then began, with the opening of The Grapevine in Norwich in 1989.

Lydia Harrowven, Head of Wine for Adnams, said: “We are thrilled to receive this recognition from Harpers.

“The team are incredibly passionate about wine and the service we provide, and we are continually striving to make sustainable choices for the range and our customers.

“We are excited for the future and the development of wine within Adnams.”

Ian Dallow, Head of Retail, added: “Over the last 36 years, Adnams has been relentless in its pursuit of listing fine and quality wines in our stores to satisfy all tastes and occasions.

“This focus has intensified over the last year, supported by the passion and knowledge of our retail teams.

“The recognition from Harpers in being voted ‘East of England Stand Out Wine Retailer and 15th National Best Independent Wine Retailer’ is so exciting for us all, and is a testament to the hard work that has been undertaken throughout the last year in particular.” 

In total, Adnams now has 13 stores throughout the UK and continues to expand its range of products, including paying particular attention to a rising appetite for low and no alcohol varieties.

This month, coinciding with Dry January, Adnams confirmed that a quarter of its Ghost Ship beer sales are now for its low-alcohol 0.5% version.

Adnams is headquartered in Southwold, Suffolk and has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise three times.

Image: Lydia Harrowven, Head of Wine for Adnams

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