Thank you again to the International Wine Challenge for choosing House of Townend as the Regional Retailer of the Year for Northern England 2024.

We see the International Wine Challenge as one of the most influential and prestigious wine competitions in the world and so winning an IWC award has to be the ultimate wine trade accolade.


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We are delighted to have been named as a finalist for Online Retailer of the Year in the The Drinks Business Awards 2024.

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2023 saw us named ‘Winner of The Best Midsize Online Wine Retailer’ in the Decanter Retailer Awards as well as being awarded Runner-up for Best Specialist Retailer Burgundy & Best Regional Wine Shop and finalist for Best Wine Buying Team.  All in all a great year!

‘Another competitive set saw House of Townend recognised for its ‘very active’ year, from launching a new website loyalty scheme and improvements on the considerable wine range via reducing bottle weights and investing in solar panels.’

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We are delighted to have been named Best Regional Wine Shop for North East England at the Decanter Retailer Awards, 2022. We were also a Runner Up for Burgundy Specialist of the Year and finalist for Bordeaux Specialist of the Year and Midsize Online Retailer of the Year.

"House of Townend near Hull impressed with its wide range (1,836 wines), new Enomatic dispenser systems and commitment to developing the retail side of the business; ‘Progressing and progressive,’ said one judge."


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We are delighted to have been named Midsize Online Retailer of the Year Runner Up at the Decanter Retailer Awards, 2021. We were also a finalist for Burgundy Specialist of the Year and Local Wine Shop of the Year.

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We are thrilled to have been named Best Burgundy Specialist of the Year at the Decanter Retailer Awards 2020. We were also a finalist for Large Online Retailer of the Year.

“A fourth-generation business based in the East Riding of Yorkshire, House of Townend is not only an historic vintner that has survived the test of time, it is also a great place to buy Burgundy. Competitive prices and a great selection – 492 wines, or 28% of the range – including mature stock, make an irresistible proposition for wine lovers.”


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We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist for Independent Wine Retailer of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2020. 

The Drinks Retailing Awards are among the trade’s biggest highlights, bringing together the leading lights in retail. Every year, it honours retailers who have delivered excellent service, range and value, to create successful and profitable operations. The Drinks Retailing Awards is a recognised symbol of excellence.


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We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the People's Choice Wine Awards for Best Independent Retailer 2020.




We were shortlisted for 4 categories in Decanter Retailer Awards, 2019 - Local Wine Shop of the Year, Online Retailer of the Year, Burgundy Specialist of the Year & Bordeaux Specialist of the Year. We are delighted to have been named Runner Up for Burgundy Retailer of the Year!


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We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Drinks Business Awards 2019: Independent Retailer of the Year. We were also shortlisted in 2018 for both the Independent Retailer of the Year and On-Trade Supplier of the Year.  

The Drinks Business Awards have become an authoritative, internationally respected badge of achievement in the alcoholic drinks industry. 




We were named runner up for Regional Wine Shop of the Year in the Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards 2018


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We are very pleased to be announced as the winner of the 2018 Corporate Live Wire Innovation and Excellence Awards - Independent Wine Merchant of the Year. 

From the development and incorporation of cutting edge technology to the creation of forward thinking strategies, the Innovation & Excellence Awards honour and celebrate those businesses and firms who are creating a brighter tomorrow. The Innovation & Excellence Awards give recognition to businesses that are transforming their respective industries and the standard-bearers of excellence by continually setting industry trends as well as showing significant advances in terms of innovation and improvement.



We are very proud of that we have been awarded the International Wine Challenge Regional Merchant of the Year for North East England 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014, and the International Wine Challenge Regional Merchant of the Year for Northern England 2017. 

The International Wine Competition was the first competition of its kind set up to find, promote and reward the world’s best wines. What sets the IWC apart is the formidable reputation of its judging process. In a pursuit for excellence, their panels of carefully selected industry experts comprises of Masters of Wine, buyers, sommeliers, WSET qualified educators and respected wine journalists.Every single wine or merchant is assessed on its own merits within the context of its class. An IWC Award is recognised internationally as a badge of quality - winning a medal at the International Wine Challenge is a significant achievement and one that we’re thrilled to have received multiple times! 


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We are proud to have been a Hull 2017 supplier.

House of Townend hand selected a range of four delicious wines for everyone to enjoy throughout Hull’s year as City of Culture. Embracing the first season’s theme ‘Made in Hull’ the wines reflected the great spirit of the City.  Called Viticulture, they were available from 1 December 2016 and throughout 2017 and £1 from each bottle of Viticulture wine was donated to the legacy of Hull 2017 to support local arts and cultural projects after 2017. This raised over £11,000.00 for Hull based arts projects in the future.

John Townend, Managing Director of Hull’s oldest and most established wine merchant said: “We’ve been trading from Hull for well over 100 years and we really wanted to shout about our commitment to Hull and contribute to the Hull 2017 story in the best way we know! We’ve brought our expertise to the party by sourcing some great wines, and we’ve added our own dash of vibrancy and fun. We’re proud to be giving back to the City’s legacy projects through their sale, and we hope that Viticulture becomes everyone’s wine of choice in 2017!”