Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards were established in 1994 by Tucker Seabrook, Sydney’s first Wine and Spirit Merchant (established 1838).
The aim of the Awards is to recognise and reward the enormous investment by restaurant owners, managers and sommeliers in the time, skill and resources that go into developing the best quality wine lists and cellars. At the same time the Awards pay tribute to the dedication and talent of those individuals who create these lists for Australia’s best restaurants, hotels, clubs, wine bars, pubs and cafes – large and small.
Still the most prestigious such national awards in their field, the awards have played a major part in lifting the standard of Australia’s wine lists over the past three decades. Chairman of Judges for the first 11 years (1994 – 2004) Huon Hooke, commented on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Awards. ‘Standards have improved out of sight since 1994 and each year the bar keeps rising.’
Importantly, the awards have also had an impact on the public’s interest in fine wine generally and have improved their appreciation of those establishments which have participated in the Awards over the years and been celebrated.
Leading magazine Gourmet Traveller WINE, has been the official Consumer Media Partner since 2008 alongside the Drinks Association, who joined as official Trade Communications Partner in 2016.
Peter Forrestal, currently enjoying his thirteenth year as Chairman of Judges and a member of the judging panel since 1994, endorses Huon’s comments and salutes the rise to prominence of Australia’s sommeliers over the past 20 years. ‘Not only does Australia now boast an abundance of sommeliers but those we have are as well educated and as experienced as those of any country in the world. They have been fortunate to have a vigorous and enthusiastic industry body in Sommeliers Australia and strong support from international organisations such as the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.’
An excellent compilation with the focus on paths less trodden. That does not mean that quality producers like Clonakilla, Yalumba, Mt Mary, Henri Bonneau and many others are not littered throughout, but there are many more obscure producers which have also earnt their positions here. Excellent by the glass, aperitifs, digestifs and more. A list which will thrill the adventurous wine explorer – Sparkling Sake, anyone?
25 Nov 2020
Download Media Release HERE A regular on the rollcall of the World’s Best 50 Restaurants, Attica celebrates boundary-pushing cuisine. Likewise, its wine list is daring and challenging while keeping the closest eye on quality. Attica sommeliers Dom Robinson and Jane Lopes are joint winners of the Judy Hirst Award as the sommeliers responsible for the […]
01 Feb 2020
Download media release here Entries are now open and sommeliers and business owners have until Monday 9th March 2020 to submit their lists to the judges – entries close on 9th March 2020. With the 30-strong judging panel including highly respected local and international Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, wine communicators and previous award winners […]
16 Jan 2020
Entries open soon so get your list ready! We celebrate all size lists from hotels, clubs, wine bars, pubs or restaurants – presenting awards with key media partners Gourmet Traveller WINE and Drinks Association and Event partner Vintec. OPEN FOR ENTRIES 1ST FEBRUARY 2020 Here is a selection of some of the winning lists from […]
01 Jan 2020
The Awards see a number of significant changes to the Judging panel of AWLOTY with the loss, to our Judging ranks, of two of our most loyal, experienced and esteemed Judges who have passed away – Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW and MBA, and Kim West OAM whilst we welcome to the Judging ranks three new […]
Long term AWLOTYA official Consumer Media Partner, Gourmet Traveller WINE has continued to be Australia’s leading and most authoritative wine magazine for 20 years, and is read by over 99,000 people who enjoy celebrating both the local and international wine scenes. The magazine’s team of contributors is second to none with many participating in the judging of the Awards. This year, Gourmet Traveller WINE will again promote the Awards in the magazine as well as on all of its digital platforms
The drinks association is the AWLOTYA’s official Trade Communications Partner. It’s Australia’s leading membership body providing services and information to the drinks industry, with a well-respected portfolio of trade publications targeting an extensive cross-section of the on-premise drinks community – in excess of 13,000 restaurants, clubs, pubs, hotels, resorts, bars and wine bars.