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2017 Australia's Wine List of The Year Awards - Entries Now Open

01 Feb 2017

The 2017 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards are open for entries from Wednesday 1st February, through to Friday 10th March 2017.


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Australia's Wine List of the Year 2017 | Entries Open

The 2017 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards are now open for entries, closing Friday 10th March 2017.

Now recognised as one of the hospitality and tourism industry’s most prestigious Award Programs, Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, were established in 1994, and their 2017 presenting Media partners – Australia’s leading wine and drinks magazine Gourmet Traveller WINE, and the Australian Liquor Industry’s the drinks Association – the preeminent supplier of information and services to the Australian Liquor Industry, are delighted to again support these benchmark Awards in this their 24th year.

From the outlet’s point of view – to quote the 2016 Winner – Grant Dickson – fermentAsian – “Winning the Wine List of the Year award has legitimised a less-than-conventional, narrativebased approach to listing and selling delicious wine. I’m sure that other sommeliers with a song in their heart and a fierce yearning to tell stories will be heartened by our success and feel more confident in submitting their offering”.

Also, from the outlet’s point of view – to quote 2015 Winner – Nick Hildebrant – Bentley – “It’s been really good for business. We’ve always been known as a destination for wine lovers and the Award has now cemented that position for us. We’ve had customers come in to see the wine list and drink the wines because they’ve heard about the Award and that definitely adds something special to the place”.

According to editor, Judy Sarris the team at Gourmet Traveller WINE is looking forward to receiving the same high standard of entries as in previous years, and from venues big and small. “It is the quality not the quantity of wines listed we care about and we, therefore, urge any restaurant or bar with a worthwhile wine list to share it with us.” In the last year Gourmet Traveller WINE has enjoyed continued growth in readership through both print and digital and has been awarded Best Wine Publication, Best Wine App and the prestigious Wine Communicator of the Year Award by Wine Communicators of Australia. At the recent DMA Awards in London GT WINE took out two highly sought after international awards for Best Relaunch and Best Food & Wine for its digital edition.

“The drinks Association is proud to again be working with the Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards as its official Trade Communications Partner in 2017. Our not-for-profit association offers a portfolio of trade publications – including drinks trade – that reach in excess of 10,000 restaurants, hotels and clubs. Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of sommeliers and venues as they enhance appreciation among diners of the amazing wines our country produces.” – commented Sandra Przibilla, CEO, the drinks Association.

According to Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards founder Rob Hirst – “the combination again of our valuable long term Consumer Media Partner – Gourmet Traveller WINE and our valuable Trade Communications Partner – the drinks Association – is an ideal one, and it is great to also see with the entries each year, the continually growing focus on Wines by the Glass, Food and Wine Matching and also the renewed focus on the best of Regional Australian Wines!

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards has again assembled an extraordinary selection of outstanding local and international judges to maintain the integrity and independence of the Awards. Headed by leading wine commentator Peter Forrestal as Chairman of Judges – supported by Deputy Chairs – Toni Paterson MW and Jeni Port, the long-term panel of 30 includes global industry figures such as Brian Julyan MS – founder and CEO The Court of Master Sommeliers Europe, former global wine Man of the Year and World Champion Sommelier – Gerard Basset MBE, MW MS MBA, from the USA – Evan Goldstein MS, from France – James Lawther MW and Andrew Jefford, from Germany – Felicity Carter, from New Zealand – Bob Campbell MW and Cameron Douglas MS, plus from Australia – Mike Bennie, Andrew Caillard MW, Huon Hooke, and Peter Bourne to name but a few, together with former Wine List of the Year Award Winners and representatives of Sommeliers Australia.

This panel reviews the wine lists for many qualities, which include user friendliness, the quality of the wines and how well the list fits the style of the venue – see the full Judging Criteria on our Enter Awards page.

As usual there are a wide range of categories to cater for the styles of different venues large and small from Best Small Wine List – 50 or 100 wines, Best Restaurant List – City and Country, Best Hotel List, Best Pub List, Best Club List, Best Wine Bar List, Best Food and Wine Matching List, Best Wine by the Glass List and more. For a full list of categories see our Enter Awards page.

In 2017, Wine Australia will continue to promote the exceptional quality of Australian wine with their sponsorship of the ‘Best Listing of Australian Wines’ Award. The Award recognises the venues that celebrate our local winemakers and highlight the diversity of Australian wine. In 2016, Wine Australia extended the award to also include the Best Listing of ACT, New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian, Western Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland Wines.

Results will be published in the Aug/Sept 2017 issues of both Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine and the Drinks Trade magazine and all venues that receive one, two or three-glass ratings will all be awarded certificates as well as feature on the Awards Website – as well as and on GT WINE’s tablet and iPhone apps.

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards – 2017 key dates

  • Open: Wednesday 1st February, 2017,
  • Close: Friday 10th March, 2017,
Awards presentation
  • Monday 31st July, 2017.

Additional information

Download the media release here


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