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Wine Awards & Press Notices

Ever since the foundation of the business our determination to source good value wines from classic and lesser-known wine regions and our focus on producing high quality lists, has won us national acclaim.

Wine Awards & Press Notices

Wine Awards 

Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards 2016

On the 14th September we won the Intermediate (as in medium sized) Wine Retailer of the Year, and we beat off some very strong opposition. "Hotly contested. Stone Vine & Sun won for its dogged commitment to, ‘treasure hunting’ – grafting round vineyards to unearth brilliant producers. ‘We like wines that taste of somewhere – and we get on our bikes.’" Decanter, 14th September 2016 



International Wine Challenge 2016

At this year's July dinner we won both the awards for which we were shortlisted: 2016 Specialist Merchant for both South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon. For over 15 year we have been travelling to both these great wine producing regions and it's really nice to have all our hard work and budget travel so rewarded!

In the Press

Stone, Vine and Sun is another top South African merchant in the UK and this year’s IWC winner for Best Specialist SA Merchant. For Simon Taylor, South Africa’s white blends have really become exciting – "not just Bordeaux, but blends based on Chenin Blanc and Rhône varieties. White blends are becoming a real USP for the Cape. However, over the last five years the really big change has been among reds, which cleaned up its act dramatically," he says. Elona Hesseling, www.wine.co.za, August 2016,

"I didn’t spot Simon Taylor of Stone, Vine & Sun at last year’s Cape Wine expo in Cape Town but he was definitely there and clearly working very hard!  His recent ‘South Africa: Riding the New Wave’ selection of wines is nothing short of inspirational", Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek, 29th July 2016

Meininger's Wine Business International Power Lists Thursday, 6. August 2015

SVS listed as one of just 10 UK independent merchants in this Power List survey...

Simon Taylor gave up a 23-year career with auction house Sotheby’s to establish Stone, Vine & Sun in a former chicken shed near Winchester in 2002. All stock is held locally and duty-paid capital-intensive, concedes Taylor, but also low-cost in terms of storage and logistics (he found it was cheaper to ship wine direct from Chile than to get it sent down from London City Bond). Initially focused on the Rhône, Languedoc-Roussillon, Burgundy and the Loire, the company quickly recognised the need for diversification, moving into South Africa, Chile and Italy.

The key to success as an indie, says Taylor, lies in flexibility. "I think you need to be able to sell down multiple channels," he argues. "We manage old-fashioned mail order, online, retail (we have a shop on the front of our warehouse), on-trade (from local Indian restaurants to the Chiltern Firehouse) and even the occasional sale to other independents."

Taylor’s optimism, generated by record sales in December, is tempered by a less buoyant impression of the indie sector outside London: "I see a natural churn" as many businesses quietly closing as opening," he says, adding that he is unconvinced that the market is expanding as fast as the number of operators in it. "It also distresses me sometimes that customers can’t tell the difference between an independent who offers a wide range of unusual wines and ships over 90% of their wine direct from the producer (as we do) and one who just trots out the same over-priced schmutter from three or four big UK wholesalers (so not really independent at all)."

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"A crate of fine wine on your doorstep each month or two, depending on how quickly you glug it."

Will Coldwell, The Independent, Tuesday 18 December 2012  

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Oz Clarke, 250 Best Wines 2012

"You can’t pick these wines off the shelf as you buy your supermarket grocery staples, but it doesn’t take too much effort to visitwww.stonevine.co.uk or dial 01962 712351. There is a delivery charge,from £5.50 to £10 according to the number of cases, though it is waivedfor a spend of £250 or more.It’s a very small extra to pay for wines which are so individual and so pleasurable."

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Liz Sagues, Ham & High,June 2010

"I love Stone, Vine & Sun of Winchester. They keep winning awards for best independent wine merchant; they have a knack for findingdelicious wines at excellent prices from places you haven’t heard aboutyet but very soon will. They’ve always been terrific on unknown France,but they’ve branched out into the New World, especially Chile andArgentina...South America makes much good, gluggable wine, but these are quite outstanding."

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Simon Hoggart, The Spectator, February 2008

"Stone, Vine & Sun of Winchester is one of my very favourite wine merchants. I've never tried anything of theirs that wasn't first rate,and I was not remotely surprised when they won the Best smallIndependent Wine Merchant award from Wine International this year. Whatthey do brilliantly is fossick around for amazing bargains in unexpected places, and there are few discoveries more pleasing than a deliciouswine at a price tha allows you to buy plenty."

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Simon Hoggart, The Spectator, October 2006

"Our favourite case. French-focused but every wine was a pleasure to drink."

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Tim Atkin, 'So what's the best wine club to join?', The Observer Food Monthly, October 2005

"Arguably the paradigm new independent is Stone Vine and Sun of Twyford..."

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Jancis Robinson, 'Return of British independents', The Financial Times, January 2005

"I was heartened to see one new merchant, with the first encouraging traces of aggression, Stone Vine and Sun, and launching its first listwith the credo: 'Stone Vine and Sun was named after the three mostimporant influences on a bunch of grapes, and therefore wine: the earth, the plant and the weather. It reflects our belief that wines shouldhave a sense of place, and should be rooted in rock and stone ratherthan be the product of an agri-business, blending wines from irrigatedplains. We believe in terroir.'...Now that's more like it. No morepussyfooting."

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Andrew Jefford, 'The smell of Blood', Decanter, April 2003.

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Awards & Medals

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

Errazuriz, Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa, Chile, 2014

Subtle nutty nose with delicate notes of mango and pineapple. Concentrated, rich palate with white flowers, stone fruits, amazing almondy taste and cooked butter, and a refreshing salty tang. This is a beautiful young wine with already lots of personality, a great structure, long aftertaste and an incredible ageing potential.

Gold, Pinot Noir, Chile

Errazuriz, Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Costa, 2014

Elegant aromas of red fruits and fresh herbs. Great energy on the palate with a crunchy acidity, refreshing bright red cherry and strawberry fruit and a saline, savoury twist. Perfect focus, exciting tang, roundness and presence, a young, vigorous Pinot which will continue surprising us with time.



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Platinum Best in Show, Best Chilean Chardonnay

Errazuriz, Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa, Chile, 2014

Subtle nutty nose with delicate notes of mango and pineapple. Concentrated, rich palate with white flowers, stone fruits, amazing almondy taste and cooked butter, and a refreshing salty tang. This is a beautiful young wine with already lots of personality, a great structure, long aftertaste and an incredible ageing potential.

Gold, Pinot Noir, Chile

Errazuriz, Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Costa, 2014

Elegant aromas of red fruits and fresh herbs. Great energy on the palate with a crunchy acidity, refreshing bright red cherry and strawberry fruit and a saline, savoury twist. Perfect focus, exciting tang, roundness and presence, a young, vigorous Pinot which will continue surprising us with time.



Pandolfi Price, Los Patricios, Itata Valley, Chile 2012

What a wine. What an enticing nose, full of crushed rock,hazelnuts, fresh cream, toast and hints of spice. This is punchy, invigoratingand edgy, with vivid citric acidity and a bright mineral, saline coating to thefruit. A beautiful Chardonnay and exceptional value for money.

International Wine Challenge

2015

Winner: Chile, Specialist Merchant of the Year

Shortlisted: Languedoc Roussillon Specialist Merchant of the Year

2010

Winner: South Africa, Specialist Merchant of the Year

Shortlisted: South East England, Regional Merchant of the Year; Languedoc Roussillon, Specialist Merchant of the Year and Rhône, Specialist Merchant of the Year

2007

Finalist: Large Independent Wine Merchant of the Year (surely some mistake..Ed.); South East England

Regional Wine Merchant of the Year; Rhône Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; Regional France

Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; Chile, Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year

2006

Winner: Small Independent Merchant of the Year

2005

Winner: Rhône Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year

Runner up: Regional France, Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; South East England, Regional Wine Merchant of the Year; and Overall Wine Merchant of the Year

2004

Winner: Rhône Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; South East England, Regional Wine Merchant of the Year; and Communication/Printed Material the Year

Runner up: South Africa, Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; and Overall Wine Merchant of the Year

2003

Winner: Wine List of the Year

Runner up: Regional Wine Merchant of the Year, South East England 

Decanter World Wine Awards

2006 Runner up: Top Independent Wine Merchant

Off Licence News

2005 Finalist: Independent Wine Merchant of the Year

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2015

Regional Trophy Gold

Pandolfi Price, Los Patricios, Itata Valley, Chile 2012

What a wine. What an enticing nose, full of crushed rock,hazelnuts, fresh cream, toast and hints of spice. This is punchy, invigoratingand edgy, with vivid citric acidity and a bright mineral, saline coating to thefruit. A beautiful Chardonnay and exceptional value for money.

International Wine Challenge

2015

Winner: Chile, Specialist Merchant of the Year

Shortlisted: Languedoc Roussillon Specialist Merchant of the Year

2010

Winner: South Africa, Specialist Merchant of the Year

Shortlisted: South East England, Regional Merchant of the Year; Languedoc Roussillon, Specialist Merchant of the Year and Rhône, Specialist Merchant of the Year

2007

Finalist: Large Independent Wine Merchant of the Year (surely some mistake..Ed.); South East England

Regional Wine Merchant of the Year; Rhône Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; Regional France

Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; Chile, Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year

2006

Winner: Small Independent Merchant of the Year

2005

Winner: Rhône Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year

Runner up: Regional France, Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; South East England, Regional Wine Merchant of the Year; and Overall Wine Merchant of the Year

2004

Winner: Rhône Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; South East England, Regional Wine Merchant of the Year; and Communication/Printed Material the Year

Runner up: South Africa, Specialist Wine Merchant of the Year; and Overall Wine Merchant of the Year

2003

Winner: Wine List of the Year

Runner up: Regional Wine Merchant of the Year, South East England 

Decanter World Wine Awards

2006 Runner up: Top Independent Wine Merchant

Off Licence News

2005 Finalist: Independent Wine Merchant of the Year

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