Tucker Seabrook established Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards in 1994 to recognise and reward the enormous investment by owners in time, skill and resources that go into developing the best quality wine lists and to also recognise and reward the dedicated and talented sommeliers creating those lists for Australia’s restaurants, hotels, clubs, wine bars, pubs, cafes and brasseries – large and small.
Now the premier national awards for wine lists these prestigious awards have been instrumental in significantly lifting the standard of Australia’s Wine Lists over the last two decades – to quote the Chairman of Judges for the first 10 years of the Awards – Huon Hooke, on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the Awards in 1994 that – “Standards have improved out of sight since the first Awards 20 years ago”, and each year the bar keeps rising.
In addition, these awards have also been influential in raising the public’s interest in fine wine generally, and have improved their appreciation of the participating establishments
Grant Dickson and Tuoi Do's humble Barossa Valley Vietnamese restaurant, fermentAsian is a family affair with Grant managing the restaurant and wine list while Tuoi cooks the food of her homeland. Tuoi’s parents, run the kitchen garden by day and prep the food by night. fermentAsian’s list was put together to entertain and challenge the local winemakers and to offer an alternative view of Barossa wines. Its diversity is amazing and its pricing predicated on the desire to encourage repeat business. It's a one-off that dazzled the judges!
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.