Wine List of the Year Award 2023

Sydney waterfront restaurant Cirrus Dining has been crowned the 2023 Australia’s Wine List of the Year at the 30th anniversary of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards ceremony, held on 25 September at the Ovolo Hotel in Woolloomooloo NSW. The seafood jewel in Bentley Restaurant Group’s crown of fine dining establishments, Cirrus Dining stood out among a record number of entrants at the milestone anniversary of the pinnacle industry event.


2023 Winner Cirrus

Australia's Wine List of the Year

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Cirrus , Barangaroo NSW

  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Sommelier: Polly Mackarel, Nick Hildebrandt
  • Number of Wines: 1200
  • Wines by the Glass: 50
  • Wine Price by the Glass: $
The late, great Tina Turner once belted out ‘you’re simply the best’ for the rugby league all those years ago yet it could be an anthem for Cirrus. This is a spectacular, innovative and thrilling list showcasing 1200 special bottles with 50 by the glass. Plenty of joy and difference on each page – and who else could offer an extensive mix of French chenin blanc or 17 aligoté with each desirable and perfect for this top seafood restaurant. Bravo.

Judy Hirst Award

Polly Mackarel & Nick Hildebrandt

SommelierPolly Mackarel & Nick Hildebrandt

In addition to the major award, Cirrus Dining also won Best Wine List NSW and Australia’s Best City Restaurant Wine List, with Cirrus sommeliers Polly Mackarel and Nick Hildebrandt jointly receiving the Judy Hirst Award for the sommeliers responsible for the winning list.

Best Wine Lists State or Territory Winners 2023

With the exceptionally high standard of wine lists from all over the country, you can discover and experience the winners wine list from your state or territory.

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Best Wine Lists Venue Type Winners 2023

  • Best City Restaurant Wine List
  • Best Country Restaurant Wine List
  • Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List
  • Best Pub Restaurant Wine List
  • Best Club Restaurant Wine List
  • Best Wine Bar Wine List

Best Wine Lists Category Winners 2023

  • Best New Wine List – Tony Hitchin Award 16
  • Best Small Wine List (Max 50 Wines)
  • Best Small Wine List (Max 100 Wines)
  • Best Food & Wine Matching List
  • Best List of Wine by the Glass
  • Best Aperitif List
  • Best Digestif List
  • Best Beer List
  • Best Listing of a Region’s Wines
  • Best Listing of Australian Wines
  • Best Listing of NSW Wines
  • Best Listing of SA Wines
  • Best Listing of TAS Wines
  • Best Listing of VIC Wines
  • Best Listing of WA Wines

Hall of Fame 2023

The Hall of Fame is a prestigious list of establishments who have achieved leading status either by winning the Main Award or the same State/Territory or Category award three times. Each year, new successful establishments are added to Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards Hall of Fame. To maintain a current listing however, they must enter and maintain their glass rating each year, which is no easy feat!

Glass Ratings 2023

The key objective of the awards is to recognise and reward exceptional sommeliers, their wine lists, and the owners who have invested in them. Each entering venue is awarded 3, 2, or 1 glasses based on their wine list submission. Judges submit their scores based on the guiding principles of appraisal. AWLOTYA allocates glasses with the utmost integrity, albeit in acknowledgement that all reviews are subjective.

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