As the UK's number one specialist wine retailer, we're making a splash.

Here's a selection of our latest industry awards and press headlines.

Industry recognition


Drinks Retailing Awards 2023


Drinks Buying Team

Majestic Wine

Decanter Retailer Awards 2023


Best National

Wine Retailer
Majestic Wine


Best Specialist Retailer - Loire
Majestic Wine


Best Buying Team

Majestic Wine


Best Wine Buyer

Elizabeth Kelly MW

IWC Industry Awards 2023

IWC Industry Winner

Buying Team
of the Year

Majestic Wine

IWC Industry Winner

Rosé Retailer
of the Year

Majestic Wine

Drinks Business Awards 2023


Retail Buying Team of the Year

Majestic Wine


Woman of the Year

Maria Lopez


Multiple Retailer

of the Year

Majestic Wine

Decanter Retailer Awards 2022


Best National

Wine Retailer

Majestic Wine

International Wine Challenge 2022


National Merchant
of the Year

Majestic Wine

Drinks Business Awards 2022


Retail Buying Team of the Year

Majestic Wine


Multiple Retailer
of the Year

Majestic Wine

Decanter Awards 2021



National Wine Retailer

USA Specialist

New Zealand Specialist




Southern France



Buying Team of the Year

Drinks Business Awards 2021


Drinks Retailer
of the Year

Majestic Wine


Man of the Year

John Colley

In the press


Majestic Wine toasts best-ever Christmas as consumers quaff fine wine

Majestic Wine toasts the best Christmas in its 43-year history as more than 60,000 customers shopped with the store for the first time. The wine retailer recorded an 8.1% uplift in total sales in the eight weeks to 25 December, with sales boosted by the opening of six new stores during the year. 


Majestic rewards staff with extra time off over Christmas and New Year period

Majestic rewards colleagues for their hard work during 2023 with additional time off during the Christmas and New Year period. The wine retailer reveals plans to close all 208 of its stores across England, Scotland and Wales for an extra day on 2nd January, in addition to Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.


Majestic Wine boss banks on bricks-and-mortar as it plots 50 more stores

Majestic CEO John Colley tells The Telegraph that stores will remain “sacrosanct” at the retailer as part of his growth plan, as he vows to double down on investment in bricks and mortar.


Majestic Wine joins forces with Rest Less to attract vintage colleagues

Majestic Wine launches a new partnership with Rest Less, a digital platform for the over-50s, to attract a larger number of older colleagues into its growing workforce.


Majestic launches newest small-format high street store in Crouch End

Majestic lifts the lid on its newest smaller format store, in Crouch End, North London. Taking lessons from its first small high street concept in Harpenden, which opened in April, Majestic Crouch End stocks the full range of more than 1,200 wines and is perfectly placed to serve walk-in customers picking up a bottle on their way home from work. 


Majestic Wine accelerates electric van roll-out

Majestic unveils plans to roll out 35 new Citroen eBerlingo and eDispatch electric vans by the end of 2023/24, as part of a broader pledge to transform its fleet of 216 delivery vans into fully electric vehicles by 2030. The move would strip out 5 million diesel-powered miles and 1.2 million kg of CO2 emissions every year - slashing the retailer's carbon footprint. 


Majestic expands on-trade ambitions with Craggy Range partnership

Majestic’s B2B division, Majestic Commercial, builds further momentum by sealing a sought-after deal to become the exclusive agent for Craggy Range in the UK on-trade. The partnership also sees seven Craggy Range wines return to shelves in Majestic stores after a seven-year absence. 


Majestic ramps up store expansion with two new openings in a week

Majestic accelerates its bricks-and-mortar expansion plans by launching new stores in Chippenham and Monmouth - the first time in a decade that the retailer has opened two new stores in the same week.


Majestic pops the cork on its latest store in Newark

Majestic throws open the doors to its newest store - and its 205th in the UK - in Newark. The 2,900sq ft shop sits alongside M&S Food and B&Q on the popular Maltings Retail Park.


Majestic launches biggest-ever festive recruitment drive

Majestic unveils plans to hire 200 new colleagues to work across its UK stores ahead of the Christmas trading period. The roles are a combination of permanent and temporary festive roles, and include drivers, sales assistants, assistant managers and trainee managers. 


Majestic organic wine sales jump 22% year on year

Majestic reports a jump in sales of organic wines and predicts that demand will double over the next three years as consumers increasingly engage with “planet-friendly purchases”.


Jacqui Rouse, Majestic Wine: Driving engagement and retention

Majestic's People Director Jacqui Rouse tells Benefits Expert how she is creating an environment that drives high levels of employee engagement and retention.


Majestic Wine teams up with Uber Eats to offer rapid booze delivery

Majestic joins forces with Uber Eats to offer customers access to hundreds of its award-winning wines, plus its growing range of beers and spirits, for delivery in as little as 20 minutes. The move forms part of Majestic's plans to capitalise on growing ecommerce sales since the Covid-19 pandemic.  


Looking Back, Forging Ahead Q&A: John Colley, Majestic Wine

Majestic CEO John Colley sits down with Harpers to discuss how 2023 has gone so far for the business, and what the remainder of the year may bring.


Jon Bon Jovi wine brand enjoys sales jump at Majestic stores

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi, his son Jesse Bongiovi, and world-renowned winemaker Gerard Bertrand visited Majestic's St John's Wood flagship in London to toast the sales success of their rose brand, Hampton Water.


IWC Industry Awards 2023: Majestic takes home two trophies

Majestic added more awards to its growing collection after scooping two prizes at the prestigious IWC Industry Awards. The esteemed judging panel crowned Majestic's buyers as the Buying Team of the Year, while the business was also named Rose Retailer of the Year for 2023.   



Majestic raises £200,000 for Alzheimer’s Society

Majestic donates £200,000 to its charity partner of the year for 2022/23, Alzheimer’s Society. The fundraising efforts represent the biggest sum Majestic has ever donated to a single charity during a financial year, and comes as the business steps up its ambitions to give back to the communities it serves every day across the UK. 


The Drinks Business Awards 2023: Majestic scoops two prestigious prizes 

Majestic won two major awards at the Drinks Business Awards 2023. Maria Lopez, General Manager, Majestic Commercial, was named Woman of the Year for 2023, while our buying team added yet another gong to their growing collection, picking up Retail Buying Team of the Year. Majestic was also given a Special Commendation in the fiercely contested Multiple Retailer of the Year category. 


Majestic COO Rob Cooke joins WSTA board

Majestic chief operating officer Rob Cooke joins the board of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) as the business steps up efforts to be “a force for good” in the wine industry.


Majestic makes ‘biggest investment ever in pay’ for its staff

Majestic unveils a new pay deal for retail colleagues to recognise the expertise and experience of store teams, and shield its people from the impact of rising living costs. The implementation of the new pay structure represents the largest investment Majestic has made in colleague pay in the retailer's 43-year history.  


Majestic Wine opens new smaller store concept in Harpenden

Majestic opens its first smaller format store on Harpenden High Street. The 1,800 sq ft unit is less than half the size of the average Majestic shop, and allows the business to test a fresh approach to reaching communities in key target areas of the UK as it expands its bricks-and-mortar presence. 


Majestic seeks new Diversity in Wine Scholarship applicants

Majestic toasts 10 new graduates from its Diversity in Wine Scholarship as it seeks 12 new applicants to join the free training programme. Since launching the programme in September 2020, Majestic has helped 45 people from BAME backgrounds achieve their WSET Level 2 qualification and take their first steps into the wine industry.  


Majestic signs its second Master of Wine

Majestic appoints Jane Masters MW to its award-winning buying team in the key role of buying manager, working under the leadership of Trading Director, John Storm and Chief Operating Officer, Robert Cooke.  


It takes a lot of bottle to back bricks-and-mortar wine sales

Majestic CEO John Colley tells The Times why the business is in good health following its divorce from Naked Wines.


Majestic Wine enjoys second-biggest Christmas trading performance in its history

Majestic toasts a strong festive sales performance despite intense price competition from supermarket rivals. 


Majestic freezes prices for pubs, restaurants and bars

Majestic freezes prices for pubs, bars and restaurants until at least the spring as rising costs continue to put pressure on the hospitality sector.


Majestic launches fourth Diversity in Wine Scholarship and celebrates past graduates

Our Diversity In Wine Scholarship was launched in 2020 to help make the wine industry a more accessible place for individuals who might not historically have been attracted to join.

Since then we’ve successfully put 35 students through the scheme but we were unable to host an in-person graduation due to the pandemic. Last week we welcomed a selection of past graduates to join us to toast their achievement in passing their WSET Level 2.

Our fourth DIWS intake opened this month too, offering a further 12 candidates from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or diverse backgrounds the opportunity to boost their wine knowledge and gain an industry recognised qualification (worth in excess of £400).



Majestic Board of Directors complete charity cycle

The Majestic Board of Directors completed the London to Brighton cycle in aid of our charity partners, Alzheimer's Society.

Starting at the Majestic Clapham store and ending at the Brighton store, the gruelling 55 mile route included a 1 mile climb hitting 16% gradients.

In addition to raising awareness for dementia as part of World Alzheimer's Month, the board raised over £8k for the charity's family and carer support fund. 



Majestic offers year’s supply of wine anyone who can help find new sites

The wine retailer is offering a year's supply to thirsty customers who help find the perfect venues for new stores. Majestic has a wish list of 76 locations across the UK, and plans to continue expanding despite the cost of living crisis.


Majestic will pay you to drink wine on holiday

Get paid £600 to drink wine on a Portugal vineyard with this ‘vinternship’...


Majestic opens store in Haywards Heath

Majestic opens Haywards Heath store, lines up more openings...


Majestic relaunches En Primeur offering

Majestic rejoins Bordeaux en primeur with 2021-vintage offers...


The Drinks Business: Retail Buying Team of the Year and Mutiple Retailer of the Year

Majestic scoops two major prizes at the prestigious Drinks Business Awards 2022, taking home the Multiple Retailer of the Year and Retail Buying Team of the Year trophies.


The Guardian: Majestic regains its power

King of the high street, Majestic is going back to its roots...


The Drinks Business: Majestic embraces growth as it unveils its summer wines

Specialist wine retailer Majestic has previewed a taste of its upcoming spring/summer wines while reflecting on what has changed in recent years.


Majestic Wine boss John Colley has an eye for detail

"I've uncorked old favourites to put Majestic Wine back on Britain's tables"

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