Awards & press

We're always pleased when nice people say nice things about us, so rather than simply tell you what a great job we're doing, we thought we'd assemble our awards and some of our favourite quotes here for all to see.

Our awards

  • Harpers Best Independent Online Merchant of the Year, 2015
  • Harpers Best Independent Merchant Wholesaler of the Year, 2015
  • Decanter Americas Specialist Wine Retailer of the Year, 2015
  • International Wine Challenge Innovator of the Year, 2015
  • International Wine Challenge California Specialist of the Year, 2015
  • Decanter Americas Specialist Wine Retailer of the Year, 2014
  • International Wine Challenge Small Independent of the Year, 2014
  • International Wine Challenge California Specialist of the Year, 2014
  • Harpers Best Top Merchant Online Retailer of the Year, 2014
  • Drinks Retailing Awards Independent Wine Retailer of the Year, 2014
  • International Wine Challenge Regional London Merchant of the Year, 2013
  • International Wine Challenge California Specialist of the Year, 2013
  • Drinks Business Awards Independent Retailer of the Year, 2013
  • Decanter London Merchant of the Year, 2012
  • Decanter Small London Wine Merchant of the Year, 2010
  • Drinks Business Awards Retailer of the Year, 2009
  • International Wine Challenge London Merchant of the Year, 2008
  • International Wine Challenge Small Independent Merchant of the Year, 1996

Press mentions

"'What they’ve done takes guts,’ said one judge of our winners, who have demonstrated a clear commitment to sourcing wines that represent the ‘New California’, bringing in newer, less expensive wines, also from further afield, to bolster their offering of celebrated names." Decanter Retailer Awards, September 2015
"Scooping numerous awards for its West Coast wines, including the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards accolade for Americas Specialist, Roberson Wine is a merchant that champions California like no other. It proudly and actively disregards old-fashioned, big, alcoholic, point-scoring Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays, favouring modesty and elegance instead. Although Roberson sells directly to customers, it also supplies restaurants with its range of cutting-edge wines, helping to spread the message about what Californian wines can offer today, throughout the UK. Roberson’s latest initiative, to supply wines on tap to UK restaurants, perfectly illustrates why it is in the vanguard of Californian wine here." Jane Parkinson, Decanter, September 2015
"Roberson, the pioneering wine merchant that brought us Britain’s first urban winery, is fitting out restaurants in the capital – and soon, I hope, beyond – with a high-quality “wine on tap” system for which they are supplying 50 different wines. This being Roberson, we’re not just talking picpoul de pinet here (though, of course, there is one) but a selection of diverse and intriguing wines, from a delicious trousseau gris made by Wind Gap in California to a more traditional Lussac St Emilion, that promise to make the wine on tap experience contemporary and aspirational." Victoria Moore, The Telegraph, May 2015
"Roberson got the nod for its exciting and brave efforts this year to source, promote and champion the new wave of North American producers." Decanter World Wine Awards, 2014
"The best wine merchant in London" Adam Lechmere, Rot., March 2014
"A merchant with a smart west London postcode, Roberson is not afraid to take risks with its wine list, mixing the classic with the decidedly new wave." David Williams, The Wine Gang, May 2013
"Roberson is one of London's most dynamic wine merchants. It is not that old but it has fingers in a much wider range of pies than most: education ... fine wines, including some relatively ancient vintages; direct imports such as our very popular Mas Coutelou wine of the week; and now, natural wines." Jancis Robinson MW, 15th June 2012
"Roberson is a Kensington institution, providing an affluent clientele with a gobsmacking selection, heavily dominated by France, but stretching across the world. Bordeaux and Burgundy account for well over a third of the still wines, with Champagne in abundance and smaller offerings from the Loire and the Rhône at similarly exalted levels. The shop prides itself on its friendly, clued-up and passionate staff and its eclectic decor, making it the perfect antidote to the frequently bland experience of buying wine on the high street. If you love France, and you want something special, Roberson is a top choice in west London." Time Out, 6th December 2010
"The single large Roberson store in Kensington High Street may well have London's best collection of seriously smart wine available by the single bottle: the likes of DRC burgundies and first growths are commonly found in their cavern at the back of the shop." Jancis Robinson MW, The Financial Times, 12th June 2010
"Roberson Wine has a special quality. It has the style and substance of a designer label but the approachability of a high-street store" Drinks Business, August 2009
"In May I went to my first evening wine tasting at Roberson, the fine wine store at the far end of Kensington High Street and I was extremely impressed. You may remember that Julia Harding and Richard Hemming have already reported on some fine events held there and I can now quite understand their enthusiasm." Jancis Robinson MW, on jancisrobinson.com, 2009
"Fine and rare wines, sold by the bottle. All of France is excellent; so is Italy and port." Oz Clarke, Oz Clarke's 250 Best Wines, 2009
"This fine wine merchant near Holland Park prides itself on its collection of Bordeaux and Burgundies, but also caters for other tastes with a list of 1,000 different wines from around the world, some dating back to the early 20th century." The Observer, 7th September 2008
"I have attended and written up Roberson's tastings for a couple of years now. For the record, these are just a bunch of young guys who organize great tastings and they run one of the best wine outlets in London." Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, July 2008
"Roberson is the new breed of fine wine merchant where sleek is part of the style." Wine & Spirit, June 2008
"The real difference with Roberson, and the reason that those who don't live just around the corner will risk a parking ticket to shop there, is the unparalleled choice of back-vintages on offer by the bottle. There is an unusually impressive selection of wines from the 1980s and 1990s, and much earlier, to choose from and because parcels are sourced from auctions and private cellars, prices are commendably reasonable. It's not that this is a place for serious wine fans only - there's nothing to stop you grabbing a bottle of Provence rosé but the truth is that anyone with minimal wine knowledge would be forgiven for feeling bewildered by the range on offer. The slogan is 'No ordinary wine shop', and the more adventurous drinkers among you should take them at their word." Decanter, December 2007
"This is the kind of wine shop I enjoy. It's interesting, imaginatively designed and well stocked; the wines are well stored, the lighting is not too strong and there's a tempting range of samples for customers to try." Oz Clarke
"A serious fine wine outpost in Kensington, with a brilliant list." Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com
"...plenty of space, light and air in which to browse and make your purchase. Indeed, with a well-stocked, up-to-date wine library complete with all the vintage guides, Roberson's encourages you to ponder." Jane MacQuitty, The Times
"Moulded concrete and wrought-iron fittings encase this ultra-modern winery (and Jimi Hendrix watches it all from the wall). International wine menu goes as far afield as Uraguay, Mexico and the Lebanon." 6 of the best... Indie Wine Merchants, Evening Standard Magazine
"The residents of Kensington have one of London's finest wine stores on their doorstep: over 1000 wines from over 21 countries at great value." The Hill
"If you are a movie star, you ring Roberson and order six grand's worth of claret. If you live locally you pop in for something nice to drink with dinner" Time Out

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