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.
Since 2016, Drinks Association have been the official Awards Trade Communications Partner, and from 2008-2020 Gourmet Traveller WINE, were the Awards Consumer Media Partner.
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?
14 Jun 2021
Proudly perched overlooking Swanbourne Beach sits The Shorehouse, Perth’s number one beachside Restaurant and the very worthy winner of Best Listing of WA Wines. Similar to the Best Listing of Australian wines, the Best Listing of WA Wines award recognises the wines from regions of Western Australia and is proudly sponsored by Marchand & Burch Wines […]
14 Jun 2021
Located in the heart of Newcastle CBD, the Newcastle Club is one of the oldest and most established private Clubs in Australia. This unique environment is a setting for members to relax, meet and socialise and a place to grow friendships and foster relationships among like-minded people. Similar to the Best Listing of Australian wines, […]
14 Jun 2021
Situated on Victoria’s pristine Mornington Peninsula, Pt. Leo Estate is home to 50 acres of vines, sculpture park and restaurant and the very worthy recipient of Best Listing of Victorian Wines. Similar to the Best Listing of Australian wines, this award recognises the wines from regions of Victoria and is sponsored by Vintec. Judges […]
14 Jun 2021
The Avoca Hotel is a grand old Victorian goldfields pub with fabulous food, local wines and boutique beers served in a beautifully renovated, cosy interior. The Avoca’s extraordinary list of beers has over 200 listed. Each beer is described in detail to make it as easy as possible to find something you’ll like. Sponsored by Lord Nelson […]