Australia’s most prestigious awards program for wine and beverage lists,

established in 1994 by Tucker Seabrook and Rob and the late Judy Hirst

 

Congratulations to all the finalists & winners

of the 2020 Wine List of the Year Awards.

RESULTS & REVIEWS 2020 AWARDS VIDEO
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With a history dating back to the late 1800’s, Wynns Coonawarra Estate wines are benchmarks for Australian Cabernet, lauded for their consistent quality and depth of flavour. Our rich terra rossa soil and a temperate ripening season makes Coonawarra one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon regions in the world.

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Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards

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.’

The awards:

  • Give recognition for the resources, skill and investment that goes into creating and maintaining quality lists for Australia’s on-premise venues
  • Promote the growth of premium beverage representation and consumption
  • Inspire service professionals to continually improve their level of service and knowledge, creating a greater food and wine experience for the consumer
  • Are influential in raising the public’s interest and appreciation of fine wine and beverage lists, promoting awareness of each year’s entrants and winners.

2020 Awards Video

2020 Winner

Attica

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?

01 Mar 2021

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Sydney's Rockpool Bar & Grill wins 2 awards

Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney were the worthy recipients of two awards at the 2020 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards; Best Digestif List  –  this award goes to the establishment with the most interesting and relevant Digestif offering served after the meal to aid digestion. The possibilities are wide-ranging and include brandy, eaux de vie, […]

23 Feb 2021

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Queensland's Cru Bar + Cellar wins 2 awards

Cru Bar + Cellar were the worthy recipients of two awards at the 2020 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards; Best List Of Wines By The Glass  – sponsored by Coravin, this award goes to the establishment with the most imaginative and thoughtful collection of wines by the glass. A list that offers depth and […]

09 Feb 2021

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Attica wins 5 awards at Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards

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 the sommeliers responsible for the winning List. Ms Lopes returned to the US due to the COVID-19 lockdown […]

23 Dec 2020

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