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The Best of the Best: Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2010

02 Aug 2010

The 2010 wine list came up trumps for its quality and depth, with Melbourne's Rockpool Bar & Grill winning the prestigious Wine List of the Year Award.


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Melbourne’s Rockpool Bar & Grill wins the prestigious Wine List of the Year Award 2010

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Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne has won the prestigious Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2010. The wine list came up trumps for its quality and depth according to the 28 strong judging panel which brought together Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine and wine communicators from around the world. David Lawler was acknowledged with the Judy Hirst Award for his work as sommelier.

The accolade was presented last night at the Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2010 held at major sponsor, Skoda Australia’s showroom in Melbourne by Award partners, leading wine distributor, Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine.

Excitingly this year some very small restaurant wine lists were considered as finalists for the top Award as judges recognised the creativity and skill it takes to maintain a consistently outstanding small list.

Finalists included Sydney restaurants; Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Pilu, Glass, Quay and Est as well as Melbourne’s Vue du Monde. These contenders were all deemed outstanding by the judging panel, which was chaired by leading Australian wine communicator, Peter Forrestal and included luminaries such as Gerard Bassett, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and ‘World’s Best Sommelier 2010’, from the UK.

Key partners Rob Hirst, Chairman of Fine Wine Partners and Judy Sarris, Editor of Gourmet Traveller WINE were delighted with the quality of the over 300 lists entered in this year’s awards.

“The Australian consumer is the beneficiary of the extraordinary level of passion and commitment behind today’s lists – large and small – and our aim since 1994 with Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards is to reward the passion, time and resources required to develop quality wine lists, “says Rob Hirst.

The winning wine lists were spread around the country with VIC wins including Best Café/Brasserie List – European, Best Country Restaurant – Lake House and Best Restaurant List – Rockpool Bar & Grill. NSW collected Best International Hotel Restaurant – Glass, Best New List – Sepia, Best Regional List – Pilu and Best Food and Wine Matching – Universal. WA won Best Pub Restaurant – Settler’s Tavern and Best Wine Bar – Must Wine Bar, Perth. SA restaurant Fino once again won Best Small List and QLD was awarded Best Club Restaurant for The Brisbane Club.

State winners were The Ginger Room, ACT, Pilu, NSW, Ortiga, QLD, Rockpool Bar & Grill, VIC, Appellation, SA, Me Wah, TAS, Jacksons Restaurant, WA.

The Gourmet Traveller WINE Readers’ Choice Award for 2010 went to Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, VIC.

Winners will be listed at on August 3. Full results will be published in the Aug/Sept 2010 issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine on sale August 4 and at on August 25

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Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2010

Presented by Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller WINE


Overall – National Winners of the 2010 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards

  • AUSTRALIA’S WINE LIST OF THE YEAR: Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne
  • JUDY HIRST AWARD: David Lawler, Sommelier, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne


  • Best Restaurant Wine List, Rockpool Bar & Grill: Melbourne, Vic
  • Best Regional Wine List: Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney, NSW
  • Best New Wine List: Sepia, Sydney, NSW
  • Best Small Wine List: Fino, Willunga, SA
  • Best Food & Wine Matching: Universal, Sydney, NSW
  • Best International Hotel Restaurant Wine List: Glass Brasserie, Sydney, NSW
  • Best Wine Bar List: Must Winebar, Perth, WA
  • Best Country Restaurant Wine List: Lake House, Daylesford, Vic
  • Best Pub Wine List: Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
  • Best Café/Brasserie Wine List: European, Melbourne, Vic
  • Best Club Wine List: The Brisbane Club, Brisbane, Qld

State/Territory winners

  • ACT: The Ginger Room, Canberra
  • NSW: Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney
  • QLD: Ortiga, Brisbane
  • VIC: Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne
  • SA: Appellation, Barossa Valley
  • TAS: Me Wah, Hobart
  • WA: Jacksons Restaurant, Perth

Hall of Fame (past winners of Wine List of the Year)

  • Rockpool Bar & Grill – Sydney (2009)
  • Taxi (2008)
  • Aria (2003)
  • Circa (2001)
  • Walter’s Wine Bar (1996)

Hall of Fame (three time winners)

  • Best Club Restaurant: Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
  • Best Pub Restaurant: Healesville Hotel
  • Best WA Restaurant: Friends
  • Best WA Restaurant: Must Wine Bar
  • Gourmet Traveller WINE Readers’ Choice Award: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Vic
  • Best Restaurant Wine List – Sponsored by Skoda Australia
  • Best Food & Wine Matching List – Sponsored by Skoda Australia
  • Best Wine Bar List – Sponsored by Riedel
  • Best Country Restaurant Wine List – Sponsored by WineShield by WinePreserva
  • Best International Hotel Restaurant Wine List – Sponsored by DropStop


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