Welcome to the UK’s 50 Best Indies 2019, celebrating and elevating those at the top of their game

Given the high calibre of merchants nominated every year, compiling our UK’s 50 Best Indies list is always a challenge and is less about which is the biggest – as this year’s winner shows – but rather which businesses are proving successful, innovative, sustainable and a fantastic example of modern wine retailing.

The UK’s independent wine trade is in rude health if our UK’s 50 Best Indies 2019 is any benchmark, with some impressive and longstanding merchants nudged out by dynamic new entrants.

Those that appear here are at the top of their game in what remains a challenging and competitive calling, according to our expert judging panel, which delved deep into the intricacies of what it takes to be a great independent wine merchant in today’s trading conditions.

Congratulations to all who made the 50 Best Indies, with a special mention to our winner, Bin Two, which judges agreed is a vibrant modern benchmark among wine merchants in the UK.


Nik Darlington, co-founder, Graft Wines

Judy Kendrick, JK Marketing founder and SITT creator

Nicky Forrest, managing director, Phipps PR

Mark Calver, commercial director, Hatch Mansfield

Rebecca Fraser, head of marketing, Louis Latour Agencies


Ted Sandbach and his team continue to make a significant mark on the indies landscape, balancing a strong presence in the local area with a reach that extends across the country via its retail and wholesale arms. Never resting on its laurels, and despite being traditional at heart, the business is always looking forward and finding new ways to improve. Following a successful trial of the Coravin list at The Oxford Wine Café, it recently invested in devices for all its retail shops, adding yet more reason to visit this multi-faceted merchant.

By Harpers Editorial

9 September 2019

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