Patrick McGrath MW, Managing Director of Hatch Mansfield, was presented with the trophy by Harpers Editor Richard Siddle and BBC Radio 2's Nigel Barden, who was hosting the awards. The ceremony, held in conjunction with the London International Wine Fair, took place at London's Honourable Artillery Company.
Patrick McGrath commented "I am absolutely thrilled that we have been chosen to receive this wonderful trophy. Recognition like this from Wine Merchants themselves is a great honour and we want to thank them for this vote of confidence. We have been working closely with the Independent sector for many years and will continue to do so as this is such an important part of the UK wine industry and we value these relationships very highly."