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Entries close 8 March 2019 - Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards


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2020 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards - Entries now open!

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Will you be celebrating your success at this year’s Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards? Don’t miss the opportunity to be recognised for your work with one, two and three glass ratings and to be in contention for prestigious awards. In addition to best list in the country and best in each state, entrants can also submit 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.

Entries will close on the 8th March 2019.

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 / Transtherm,Australia’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 WINEwill 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 Trademagazine 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.


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Gourmet Traveller WINE

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




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