HAY Wines has won a prestigious award at an Italian wine week in Milan.

It may sound a little like selling snow to the Eskimos but Hay Wines beat dozens of other entrants to scoop the Best Italian Wine Selection at Milano Wine Week.

Hay Wines announced the win on Facebook: "We just won the Best Italian Wine Selection award at Milano Wine Week.

"Thank you so much to all our wine loving community - you inspire us to experiment, take risks and seek out the very special xx"

The win brought a shower of praise on Facebook from Hay Wines' loyal Ledbury folk.

Dave Jarrett said: "What a bloody wonderful achievement for your team!

"It’s always a pleasure walking into the shop, great welcome, and looking right and left to see what amazing wines you have to offer!"

Hay Wines are a family owned independent Wine Merchants and Importers, based in the medieval market town of Ledbury, stocking small artisan producers dedicated to creating wines, liqueurs and spirits of expression, vibrancy and quality.

Founded in 2009 as a wholesale business in Hay on Wye, they supply quality wines to Pubs & Restaurants,.

Their first shop opened in November 2009, and they now operate retail, wholesale, events and online business from Ledbury, Herefordshire.