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Entries close in less than one week for the 30th edition of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards

15 May 2023

Creators of Australia’s best wine and beverage lists have until 15 May to enter Australia’s most prestigious wine list recognition program.


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Calling all creators of the nation’s leading drinks lists – there is less than one week left to submit your lists for consideration in the 2023 edition of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards. Venue owners, sommeliers and beverage directors have until 11:59 PM on 15 May 2023 to submit their lists to the esteemed judging panel behind Australia’s most prestigious wine and beverage list recognition program.

“Now’s the time to receive the recognition you so rightly deserve for curating an exceptional drinks list within your venue,” Australia’s Wine List of the Year Founder Rob Hirst said.

“Our 30th year is set to be our biggest yet with even more opportunities for this year’s distinguished winners to receive widespread recognition for their work in crafting exceptional drinks lists to enhance the dining experience for customers.”

“It was such an honour and a surprise to win Australia’s Wine List of the Year in 2022. The recognition from the industry and from new and old customers alike has been a huge boost for our team and venue. There is no other award recognition like Wine List of the Year, and I highly encourage any venue owner, sommelier or beverage director to seriously consider putting themselves forward for 2023,” Cru Bar & Cellar Wine List & Retail Manager Chris Walker said.

In addition to entering their wine and beverage lists, entrants will be invited to submit their votes for the Sommelier’s Choice Awards. This is an opportunity for Sommeliers to nominate their own choice as the Best Wine List in the country.

And following its inaugural debut last year, the Wine List Service Award returns as an optional category for entrants to demonstrate their venue’s focus on exceptional wine service in terms of cellar storage, ‘by the glass’ preservation, and service of wines in exceptional quality glassware.

The entry portal is available on the homepage at The entry fee is $195 (ex. GST), and all entries must be submitted into the portal before the deadline for consideration.

In an expansion of this year’s Awards categories, Australia’s Wine List of the Year will be awarding one venue the title of ‘Australia’s Best Cocktail List’ in recognition of the exceptional work being done by bars, restaurants, hotels, clubs and pubs to curate an impressive list of cocktails to suit their customers.

Chairman of Judges Peter Forrestal, International Chair Brian Julyan MS, and Deputy Chairs Toni Paterson MW and Jeni Port lead this year’s judging panel. The 30-strong selection of independent judges is further split into two groups – the Judging Panel and International Jury. The panel comprises some of Australia’s premier wine and drinks talent, including Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, expert wine communicators and writers. Recent additions to the judging panel include Amelia Ball, long-term wine and drinks editor and journalist, and Kim Bickley, award-winning sommelier, wine judge and educator.

Lists are ranked from one to three glasses. The best of the best are then in contention to win the highly prized best in State / Territory, Type of Trade, Category Awards and, of course, Australia’s Wine List of the Year.  For the Category Awards, entrants can submit their lists in a diverse range of categories such as Best Listing of Wines by the Glass, Best Food and Wine Matching, Best New, Best Small, also by beverage specialities and lists showcasing the wines from specific States / Territories or regions. To see the complete listing of categories, visit

This year’s Awards celebration is set to take place on 25 September 2023 at a premier Sydney location. Like previous year’s events, members of the trade will be invited to experience the entire program of events, including the Producer Tasting Trail, Masterclasses, Sommelier & Judges ‘Speed Dating’ guidance and the Awards Ceremony. More information about the event will be revealed later this year.

Established in 1993 by Rob Hirst, his late wife Judy (after whom the main Award is named), and Tucker Seabrook, Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards celebrate the depth of talent, dedication and sheer commitment of sommeliers and venue owners across Australia to build and maintain great wine lists and the cellars behind them.

The entry link is now live to enter Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards—details and submission link are available at

Important dates to remember for this year’s Awards:

ENTRIES CLOSE:                                 Monday 15th May 2023

AWARDS PRESENTATION (SYDNEY): Monday 25th September 2023


Media – Brian Chase Olson

E: M: 0435 403608

Partnerships – Victoria James

E:   M: 0429 996817

Entrant Enquiries – Michael Nicholls


Director – Tucker Seabrook / AWLOTY – Elaine Millar

E:  M: 0414 258633

Chairman Tucker Seabrook (Awards Owner) – Rob Hirst

Founder Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards

E:   M: 0416 011838

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