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2019 Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards - Entries now Open!

01 Feb 2019

The opportunity is nearing once again for the talented creators of Australia’s leading wine and beverage lists to be recognised for their knowledge and experience by the independent panel of the prestigious Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards. Entries are now open and sommeliers and business owners have until 8th March to submit their lists to the judges - entries close on 8th March 2019


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With the 30-strong judging panel including highly respected local and international Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, wine communicators and previous award winners assessing each year’s lists – this is the award to win for sommeliers – Restaurateurs, Hoteliers and Club Managers – large and small.

Lists are ranked with one to three glasses. The best of the best are then in contention for the highly prized awards. In addition to best list in the country and best in each state, entrants can also submit their lists in a diverse range of categories including venue type as well as best listings of wines by the glass, food and wine, showcases of regional wines or other speciality beverages.

Since the awards were first established in 1993 by Rob Hirst and Tucker Seabrook, the quality of Australian wine lists has grown in line with the exceptional cuisine now offered across restaurants, wine bars, hotels, clubs and pubs. The first winner in 1994 was Peter and Beverley Doyle’s Sydney restaurant Cicada. The most recent winner of the leading wine list in Australia was Aria Brisbane, created by Ian Trinkle.

According to Rob Hirst, the most popular award category at last year’s 2018 awards was Best Wine by the Glass. “This was followed by Best Matching of Food and Wine – reflecting again the ever closer liaison between sommeliers and chefs. These categories were closely followed in popularity by Best Listing of a Regions Wines and Best Listing of Australian Wines showing the desire to showcase the exciting work of local producers alongside imported wines and spirits – for full 2018 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards results and the Awards “Discover Best Lists” – see, the home also of your 2019 Application /Entry instructions.

In 2019, thanks to the wonderful support of Venue Partners Vintec / TransthermAustralia’s Wine List of the Year Awards will again be hosted by them in their Sydney showrooms.

Also, in 2019 the Awards are again supported by Consumer Media Partner – Australia’s leading wine and drinks magazine Gourmet Traveller WINE, and by Trade Communications Partner – the Australian LiquorIndustry’s the Drinks Association, the pre-eminent supplier of information and services to the Australian Liquor Trade.

Gourmet Traveller WINE will feature the restaurants and bars that achieve favourable results in both the print and digital editions of the August/September edition of the Gourmet Traveller WINE. “All venues, big and small, that achieve 1,2, or 3 glass ratings will be live on our website for the next 12-months, providing a wonderful and much-used guide to good drinking for both locals and OS visitors alike,” says Editor Judy Sarris.

In addition, the Drinks Association will also return as the official Trade Communications Partner of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards. “Our mission is to inform, strengthen and connect the Australian drinks industry and this event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of sommeliers and venues throughout Australia. We look forward to toasting the winners and sharing their stories in Drinks Trade magazine and via our digital media platforms,” says Georgia Lennon, CEO, The Drinks Association.”

 Again, this year Wine Australia continues to promote the exceptional quality of Australian wine with their sponsorship of the ‘Best Listing of Australian Wines’ Award as well together with the Best Listing of ACT, New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian, Western Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland Wines. These Awards recognise the venues that celebrate our local winemakers and highlight the wonderful diversity of Australian wine.


ENTRIES: Close:Friday 8th March 2019,

AWARDS PRESENTATION: Monday 22nd July 2019.


Fiona MacDonald, Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards

M: 0411 519 055 E:

Rob Hirst, Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards

Ph: 0416 011 838 E:

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