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Press Release - Regional Wine Merchant of the Year toasts awards record

Crossgar-based JNwine has become the first company to chalk up 20 Regional Wine Merchant of the Year (NI) award wins at the International Wine Challenge. Toasting the news are Paul Curran and Judith Scott from JNwine.

A Crossgar wine merchant has became the first company to chalk up 20 category wins at the world’s largest annual wine contest.

JNwine clinched the record in the Regional Wine Merchant of the Year (NI) category at the International Wine Challenge held in London. The company, which supplies many of Ireland’s finest restaurants and hotels, has successfully defended the title for eight consecutive years.

Judged by the world’s leading authorities on wine, the competition draws entries from supermarkets; agents; on-trade suppliers; mail order; online; independent and high street retailers across the UK. Each company is evaluated on the variety and quality of wines, customer promotions, innovation and future strategy.

JNwine Managing Director, James Nicholson, said receiving the award was an honour for his team and a result of dedicated customer service:

“Gaining recognition from the International Wine Challenge and securing our place among the very best in the industry has always been important for us. This achievement is a fine reward for all our team and the hard efforts that have helped us stay at the very front of a competitive market.

“Customer demands are continuing to change and our clients are more discerning about the wines they enjoy. We’ve listened carefully to what they want and crafted our product knowledge and customer understanding into our strongest asset.” offers one of Ireland’s largest wine lists with a choice of more than 1,000 specially-selected varieties available online and at its state-of-the-art premises in Crossgar. It also owns and operates warehouse and distribution facilities in Cork and Dublin.

The company is one of the leading suppliers of fine wines across Britain and Ireland having developed a reputation for offering the rarest, finest wines from around the world at competitive prices.