Tesco swept the board at this week's OLN Drinks Retailing Awards, winning five of the 17 gongs, including Supermarket of the Year.
The grocery giant also scooped awards for Online/Direct Sales Retailer of the Year, Best Customer Magazine/Website of the Year, Drinks Buying Team of the Year and Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year.
Last year Tesco undertook a massive category overhaul, bringing more than 370 new wines into its range.
Head of BWS Dan Jago said he was "over the moon" with the accolades and praised his 25-strong team for their "incredible hard work".
He said: "We're absolutely delighted. To win one or two would have been fantastic but to have five across such a broad area is amazing.
"It does go to show that helping customers understand the proposition better pays off. We're facing a much tougher environment in terms of customer spend . You've got to offer customers great value and there's an opportunity to encourage them to understand what value means."
Tesco's victor ies w ere one of the chief talking points of the night, which also saw Majestic pick up High Street Chain of the Year and Waitrose named Multiple Beer Retailer of the Year.
Cellar Door Wines in St Albans, which won Independent Wine Retailer of the Year, was one of the many independents crowned the best of the best in drinks retailing.
The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the Co-op's wine development manager Paul Bastard, who received a standing ovation from the audience.
OLN judges praised Bastard for his championing of Fairtrade and organic wines and said his love of wine, widespread expertise and enthusiasm has won him a reputation as an "all-round great guy" among his colleagues, suppliers and across the trade.
Bastard said: "To be given the Lifetime Achievement Award is very kind, but really it's for all of the team at the Co-op." He described his job as "highly rewarding" and said one of the most satisfying things was seeing co-workers rise up through the ranks and pass WSET exams as a result of their enthusiasm for wine retailing.
"I've got a lot to thank the Co-op for . I've always been given a free rein and the freedom to develop our ranges," he added. More pictures and reports from the Drinks Retailing Awards will appear in the Feb 22 edition of OLN.
The 2008 winners
Community Off- Licence
Sponsor: Beverage Brands
Winner: Rock Bottom, Cowbridge
Finalists: Goblets Off- licence, Moston, Manchester; The Jug & Bottle, Bubwith
Sponsor: British American Tobacco
Winner: Bargain Booze, Oswaldtwistle
Finalists: J Robarts & Son, Codicote; Burgess Stores, Goudhurst
Independent Beer Retailer Sponsor: SIBA DDS
Winner: Scatchards of Chester, Hoole
Finalists: The Offie, Leicester; Bacchanalia, Cambridge
Independent Spirits Retailer
Sponsor: Global Brands
Winner: Gordon & MacPhail, Elgin
Finalists: Corks Out, Chester ; Cadenheads Whisky Shop, Edinburgh
Independent Wine Retailer
Sponsor: Viña Santa Rita
Winner: Cellar Door Wines, St Albans
Finalists: Badger's Wines, Worksop; Hoults Wine Merchants, Huddersfield
Drinks Buying Team
Sponsor: Cider of Sweden
Finalists: Waitrose; Majestic
Drinks Wholesaler Sponsor: Refresh UK
Finalists: Playford Ros; Parfetts Cash & Carry
High Street Chain Sponsor: PepsiCo UK
Finalists: Wine Rack; Bargain Booze
Multiple Beer Retailer Sponsor: Carlsberg
Finalists: Booths, Tesco
Multiple Spirits Retailer
Sponsor: First Drinks Brands
Finalists: Waitrose, Tesco
Multiple Wine Retailer
Sponsor: Concha & Toro
Finalists: Majestic; Waitrose
Online/Direct Sales Retailer
Sponsor: Raisin Social
Finalists: The DrinkShop.com, Waitrose
Supermarket Sponsor: Shepherd Neame
Finalists: Sainsbury's; Waitrose
Innovation Sponsor: Chamarré
Winner: Barrels & Bottles
Finalists: Adnams ; Thresher Group
Award for Sales Excellence
Winner: Chris Riley, retail manager, Rodney Densem Wines, Nantwich
Finalists: Janet Crowley, manager, Goblets Off- licence, Moston; Jimmy Smith, branch manager, Wine Rack, North Ealing
Sponsor: Wines of Argentina
Winner: Tesco Wine Club magazine and website
Highly Commended: Waitrose Thirst magazine
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Paul Bastard, the Co-op