Gwin Llŷn Wines have been awarded Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year 2019 at The Drinks Retailing Awards last week at The Dorchester Hotel, London.
Based in Pwllheli in Y Maes, Gwin Llŷn Wines was established 13 years ago by Dean and Margaret Pritchard. In order to be considered for this award, Gwin Llŷn Wine were visited anonymously by the Awards judging panel and were assessed on range of stock, sourcing, appearance, retail standards, merchandising, marketing, customer engagement and business success
Martin Green, Editor of Drinks Retailing News said: “This was a ferociously competitive category with some very strong retailers from across the UK vying for glory, but ultimately Gwin Llyn Wines stood above the rest thanks to its superb all-round offering. The most striking aspect at Dean and Margaret Pritchard’s specialist drinks store in Pwllheli is the high level of attention to detail. Every single one of its many hundreds of wines is displayed with a tasting note and there are attractive break-out displays for all sorts of categories, including craft gins, promotional wines and Welsh drinks. Gwin Llŷn Wines has a broad and proactive marketing programme which puts it at the heart of the local community through links with sports clubs, and runs tastings to keep its profile high.
The good people of Pwllheli can consider themselves fortunate to have such an excellent beers, wines and spirits merchant on their doorsteps.
Gwin Llŷn Wine owners Dean and Margaret also commented : “We have been overwhelmed by the number of messages of congratulations since winning the award from our customers and suppliers and we would like to thank everyone for their support during the past 13 years. It meant so much to us to be able to bring this award home to Pen Llŷn and share it with our customers and suppliers without whom we would be nothing. We put our heart and soul into what we do; the business is such a huge part of our life and is so much more than just a job. We love it when customers say “We didn’t realise there was a shop like this in Pwllheli!” It’s such a compliment to us and to the great suppliers we work with. Winning is reward for the time, effort and genuine passion that we as a family have put in building up the business”
Featured Photo from left to right:
Joe Fattorini, Presenter of Channel 5 “The Wine Show”
Paul Fallon, Sponsor of category The London Essence Company
Margaret Bury- Pritchard, Gwin Llŷn Wines
Dean Pritchard, Gwin Llŷn Wines
Martin Green, Editor Drinks Retailing News