Wotwine Awards 2020

The Wotwine 2020 Supermarket Wine Retailer of the Year

Lidl wins Wotwine Supermarket Wine Retailer of the Year awards for fourth year in a row;

Aldi is Highly Commended and wins Old World Wine Award

Wotwine, the leading independent reviewer of supermarket wine, is delighted to announce that Lidl is the Wotwine 2020 Supermarket Wine Retailer of the Year, based on delivering best value for money for consumers across the range of around 150 Lidl wines tasted.  The ranking is a blend of quality and pricing.  Aldi, a close second overall, was Highly Commended.  Waitrose ranked top for quality, with Lidl narrowly in second place.

In a change from the 2019 Awards, Aldi beat Lidl by a fine margin to claim the crown for “Wotwine 2019 Old World Supermarket Wine Retailer”.  As last year, Wotwine found that, on average, Old World wines outperformed those from the New World for value, defying the popular view that European wines are more expensive.

Lidl retained top place for New World wines, with Aldi again Highly Commended.
The best value individual wine tasted in the year was Lidl’s “L’Archange St Emilion”, rated at £14.00 by Wotwine and on sale at the time of tasting for only £3.99.  Runner-up was the excellent Champagne Louis Delaunay Brut NV from Tesco, rated at £28.00 by Wotwine and available at £14.00 when tasted.  In third place was Domaine Agly Bio Roussillon Villages 2017, from Co-op, on sale for £10.00 and rated at £20.00 by the tasting panel.  Lidl, with five, and Aldi, with three, claimed eight of the top 10 places.
As for 2019, only Lidl and Aldi had more Good Value and Fair Value wines that Poor Value, with Wotwine rating well over half of all wines it tasted as Poor Value.  Most disappointingly, overall performance deteriorated from 2019, with only 43% of wines rated Good Value or Fair Value, compared to 46% last year.

2020 Results Chart

*Average price relative to Wotwine tasting panel rating
Although Waitrose ranked top for quality, only30% of its wines were rated Good Value or Fair Value, the former tending to be those on special offer.
Commenting on the 2020 Awards, Rory Maw at Wotwine said:
“Lidl continues to lead the market in supermarket wine, with another impressive performance.  It is clearly not only buying well but also pricing extremely competitively across its range, setting the standard for the sector for value to consumers. It is, however, extremely disappointing to see the overall standard slipping with an unacceptable 57% of wines we tasted representing poor value for money, including 4% which were clearly faulty.  Far too many consumers are not getting what they pay for.”

Wotwine 2020 Supermarket Wine Awards

2020 Awards winner banner

2020 Wotwine Supermarket Wine Retailer of the Year

Winner: Lidl

Highly Commended: Aldi

2020 Wotwine Supermarket Old World Wine Retailer of the Year

2020 Wotwine Supermarket Old World Wine Retailer of the Year

Winner: Aldi

Highly Commended: Lidl

2020 Wotwine Supermarket New World Wine Retailer of the Year

2020 Wotwine Supermarket New World Wine Retailer of the Year

Winner: Lidl

Highly Commended: Aldi

 2020 Wotwine Best Value Supermarket Wine of the Year

2020 Wotwine Best Value Supermarket Wine of the Year

Winner: 

L’Archange Saint Emilion 2011 (Lidl)

Highly Commended: 

Champagne Louis Delaunay Brut NV (Tesco)

Domaine Agly Bio Roussillon Villages 2017 (Co-op)

 2020 Wotwine Supermarket Wine Retailer of the Year Quality Award

2020 Wotwine Supermarket Wine Retailer of the Year Quality Award

Winner: Waitrose

Highly Commended: Lidl