22.01.18 - The Wine Centre Win Leinster Off Licence of the Year at Noffla

The Wine Centre Win Noffla Leinster Off Licence of the Year for the 6th Year in a Row


The Wine Centre were crowned Noffla Leinster Off Licence of the Year for the 6th year in a row at the National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA) annual ‘Off-Licence of the Year Awards 2018’ which took place at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns last night.

Now in its twenty-second year, the awards recognise and showcase excellence in the independent off-licence sector, which represents 315 specialist businesses throughout the country. The awards highlight those retailers that offer exceptional service to customers and demonstrate excellence in retail standards.

 Speaking at the awards, NOffLA Chairman, Gary O’Donovan said, “The annual NOffLA awards highlight the expertise of the independent off-licence sector, showcasing the benchmark of personal service in our industry, as well as the top-quality products offered by our highly trained, specialist members.”

The Winners:

  • The Montes Best First Time Entrant 2018 – Lilac Wines
  • The NOffLA Food Retailer Off-Licence of the Year 2018 – Donnybrook Fair, Dublin 4
  • The El Coto Customer Service Award of the Year 2018 – The Vintry
  • The Redbreast Spirit Specialist of the Year 2018 – Mitchell & Son CHQ
  • The Hop House 13 Beer Specialist of the Year 2018 – Baggot Street Wines
  • The Dona Paula Wine Specialist of the Year 2018 – Gibney’s of Malahide
  • The Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Connaught/Ulster Off-Licence of the Year 2018 – McCambridge’s of Galway
  • The NOffLA Leinster Off-Licence of the Year 2018 – The Wine Centre, Kilkenny
  • The Hennessy Dublin Off-Licence of the Year 2018 – Martin’s Off-Licence
  • The NOffLA Munster Off-Licence of the Year 2018 – O’Donovans Off-Licence, Bandon
  • The NOffLA RTC Online Trainee of the Year 2018 – Conor McGrath, McHugh’s Off-Licence, Kilbarrack
  • The NOffLA Responsible Retailer of the Year 2018 – O’Donovans Off-Licence Group, Cork
  • The NOffLA National Off-Licence of the Year 2018 –  Jus de Vine

Judging for the awards began in June 2017 with the ongoing judging process culminating in a blind wine tasting which involved participants answering questions about the unidentified wines. Final awards were allocated following this process.