THE Isle of Wight Distillery has won an international design award for its beautiful Mermaid Gin bottle.

It was awarded first place at this year's International Wine and Spirit Competition for its sculpted, plastic-free design, with a wood topped cork and unique plant-based seal, beating entries from around the world.

Xavier Baker, co-founder at the Isle of Wight Distillery, Pondwell, said: "This award is proof that a commitment to being plastic-free and 100 per cent recyclable doesn’t mean you have compromise on style.

"Thanks to a brilliant team and our partners, we’ve managed to balance both.

"This is such a prestigious award — we couldn’t be more pleased.

"It’s really an award for this innovative Island as much as Mermaid.”

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