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October 2019: Ampersand Win 8 Awards at the Irish Wine Show 2019

October 2019: Ampersand Win 8 Awards at the Irish Wine Show 2019

Ampersand have once again struck gold at the Irish Wines Show Awards with two of our wines winning Gold Stars and with an impressive haul of 8 out of the 15 awards awarded on the night to Ampersand we were also the wine company to have received the most awards.


Ampersand were awarded 2 Gold Stars, 3 Silver, and 3 Bronze awards. In excess of 600 wines were submitted to the Star Award adjudication panel of NOffLA judges and independent wine journalists. Points were awarded on the basis of appearance, smell, taste and value for money criteria, and the winning 15 were selected as the best wines from key suppliers across a number of price categories.


In winning 8 awards from over 600 wines submitted and by winning over half the awards on the night these awards are testament to our excellent portfolio of wines that have been carefully selected to meet the current demands of the Irish wine market.





Ampersand won awards for 7 wines within the under €10 category. With very attractive price-points we expect these award winners will be popular with both consumers and retailers in the current competitive market with the awards giving recognition for their high quality and value for money offering. It must also be noted that in the Old World Red Category, Ampersand won all three awards, claiming the Gold Star, Silver Star and the Bronze award. 


Willie Dardis, Wine Manager & Buyer also noted, “These awards represents a major boost to the portfolio. This will help to increase sales, to gain new business in both our existing outlets and cerate the opportunity to develop new accounts”.


Media Library - Noffla 2019 Ampersand stand

Pictured: Willie Dardis, Maria José Bernal (La Granja Wines), Melanie Nangle & Betty Woulfe from Ampersand





Media Library - La Granja maria

Pictured: Maria José Bernal with the winner La Granja Tempranillo /Garnacha


Ampersand’s award-winning wines were



Gold Stars

Old World Red under € 10 – La Granja Tempranillo /Garnacha 2018

New World Red Under € 10 – Antares Merlot 2018



Silver Stars

Old World White Under € 10 – Pleno Viura 2018

Old World Red Under € 10 – Estancia del Silencio Organic 2017

New World White Under € 10 – Antares Sauvignon Blanc 2018



Bronze Stars

Old World White Under € 10 – Campo Nuevo Blanco 2018

Old World Red Under € 10 – Campo Nuevo Tempranillo 2018

Sparkling Wine under € 25 – Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene 2018





Ampersand will be running a selection of promotions across the award-winning wines and their respective wine ranges. There will also be a full point of sale package of posters, shelf talkers, and neck collars available to highlight the awards and to assist sell out in stores.


Each of the winning wines will be sold in NOffLA member outlets, of which there are more than 315 nationwide. In the pre-Christmas period NOffLA members will also promote the Irish Wine Show Star Awards 2019-2020 Collection as ideal Christmas gifts, in a variety of special gift packs.


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