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October 2018: Ampersand Scores Another Golden Hatrick at the Irish Wine Show Awards

Ampersand are delighted to have won ten coveted awards and have three Gold Star Winners at the NOffLA Gold Star Irish Wine Awards 2018 - 2019 Ceremony on the 8th of October in the Morrison Hotel. The gold stars were awarded to Rioja Vega Crianza 2015, Santa Carolina Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and De Vero Vino Rosso Biologico 2017. 



The ‘Star Awards’ wines were blind tasted and selected by a panel of 4 qualified experts in the industry. Their endorsement means that consumers have a specialist recommendation and expert reassurance that they will enjoy excellent quality and value when they select one of the Irish Wine Show award winners in the 315 off-licences that are represented by NoFFLA (The National Off Licence Association). 


The following is a full list of the 10 Awards won by Ampersand in their respective categories.-



New World White Under €10 Gold Star Award  - Santa Carolina Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Old World Red under €10 Gold Star Award – Da Vero Rosso Biologico 2017

Old World Red under €15 Gold Star Award – Rioja Vega Crianza 2015



Old World White under €10  Silver Star Award -Campo Nuevo Blanco 2017

Old World Red under €15 Silver Star Award – Pasqua Morago Appasite

Old World White Under €15 Silver Star Award – Lo Lo Albarino 2017

New World White under €15 Bronze Star Award – The Cloud Factory Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017



Old World White under €10 Bronze Star Award  - Da Vero Biologico Bianco 2017

New World White under €10 Bronze Star Award – The Landings Colombard/Chardonnay 2017

Rose Under €15 Bronze Star Award – Chivite Gran Feudo Rose 2017


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Ampersand's 10 Award Winning Wines


The Gold Stars

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The Three Gold Winners


Da Vero Vino Rosso Biologico 2017

Da Vero Vino Rosso Biologico from Sicily in Italy,  won a Gold star and the accompanying white wine, Da Vero Vino Bianco was awarded a Bronze.  This range of wines is becoming very popular with the trade and more importantly with the consumer as it is Organic, Vegan and Vegetarian and priced at the magic price point of €9.99.


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Da Vero Rosso & Bianco are Vegan, Vegetarian and Organic


Rioja Vega Crianza 2015

Another significant win to Ampersand is the Rioja Vega Crianza 2015,which apart from this Gold Star has also been Awarded 3 of the most prized awards in the Wine World – Berliner Wine Trophy Gold Medal, Gold Medal Mundus Vini, and the Gold Medal at the Sommelier Wine Awards. This is an extraordinary haul of awards for any wine, and at an RSP of €14.99 will make this a must-stock line for the trade to have and promote in-store on the lead up to Christmas.


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Rioja Vega Crianza wins Gold at Irish Wine Show and at Award Shows abroad


Santa Carolina Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018

The 3rd Gold Star, Santa Carolina Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc is with one of Ampersand's most popular wines. This award compliments last year's Silver Awards awarded to the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and in the previous year the Silver to the Merlot. This completes the range as all having won at the awards. Focus will be on selling the Sauvignon Blanc and grouping the range together as a winning range, a perfect opportunity to gain floor displays and generate volume. 


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The Award Winning Santa Carolina Cellar Selection Range


Willie Dardis, Wine Manager & Buyer stated "This is our best achievement to date on the awards front, and in these still difficult times, this will be a major boost and incentive to gain serious sales and traction with these wines, it will also help to endorse all our wine portfolio".


To coincide with the awards Ampersand are offering a great selection of trade deals to promote the winners and accompanying wines from their respective ranges.  A full point of sale package is available containing shelf talkers, neck collars and posters for floor display.


To inform the trade of Ampersand's amazing achievement we put out a full page trade advert on the back cover of Shelf Life Magazine highlighting our success at the awards. ShelfLife has the largest independently audited grocery trade circulation in Ireland with a controlled circulation of over 7,500 to selected individuals in the retail and wholesale grocery trade.  We expect the advert should also offer great exposure to Ampersand and will highlight our growing award-winning global wine portfolio to the Irish Retail industry.


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Ampersand's full page advert on the back cover of ShelfLife Magazine


Ampersand are long established as a key distributor in the Irish off-licence and convenience sector with a direct nationwide sales team located throughout the country. Ampersand have an award winning portfolio and import quality wines from all over the world.


For more information please contact Ampersand on 01 4130150 or via and 



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