Each year, leading industry publication Harpers Wine & Spirits releases a list of the 50 best independent wine merchants across the country in a bid to encourage people to seek out their expert local oenophiles.

The 2024 ‘50 Best Indies’ came with a welcome surprise for us, as we not only topped the list of Cornish entrants at No.7, but were also named ‘Highest Climber’!

The judges pointed out that Old Chapel Cellars were the first wine merchant in the UK to achieve B Corp status, serving to “highlight its focus on increasingly sourcing direct from exceptional and sustainable producers around the world.”

The expert panel, which was chaired by Andrew Catchpole, Editor of Harpers Wine & Spirit, also noted: “With all wines the emphasis is on offering points of difference and real value for the quality, with wine on tap, key kegs and refillable bottles just some of the innovations to back this up.”

We recently took part in The BIG Christmas Market, and in doing so discovered that even Truro residents often don’t know we’re here! We’re slightly tucked away from the city’s main shopping streets and easy to miss, so if you're an Old Chapel convert we'd love you to spread the word.

When they do find us, people are thrilled to learn that one of the best independent wine merchants in the country is on their doorstep, and that we have parking right outside too.

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for 2024, including running local tasting events and enriching our online content to really showcase the amazing producers we work directly with. Being named the 7th best independent wine retailer in the UK has given us a real boost and energised the whole team for the year ahead!