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Winners celebrate after success in the 2015 International Wine Challenge

Published:  17 July, 2015

Laithwaites has been named Merchant of the Year in the 32nd International Wine Challenge announced at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane last night.

Oddbins was named High Street Chain of the Year and Morrisons picked up the award for Supermarket of the Year, beating 2013 and 2014 winner Marks & Spencer.

Hatch Mansfield was awarded the title of Large Agent of the Year and Seckford Agencies secured the Small Agent of the Year Award.

Tuscan vineyard Castello Romitorio received the 2015 Champion Red Wine Award for its 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Filo di Seta and the Champion White Wine Award was given to Bordeaux winery Château Brown for its Château Brown 2013, a Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon blend.

Piper-Heidsieck was awarded the Champion of Champions Award for its Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998 Magnum. This new category was open to wines that have received Champion status in a previous IWC competition.

Alain Rogier, chief executive of Cave De Roquebrun in Languedoc was Red Winemaker of the Year and Kym Schroeter of Penfold's in Australia was White Winemaker of the Year.

This year's IWC Lifetime Achievement award went to Sylvain Pitiot, the long-standing manager and technical director of the famous Clos de Tart estate in the village of Morey-St-Denis in Burgundy.

For the full story on all the winners from last night's awards ceremony click here.