Wine List of the Year Winners 2017

The winners of the Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards were announced at Glass, Sydney on Monday 31st July with Jonah’s in Whale Beach, NSW announced as the major award winner for 2017. The increased sophistication of the Australian dining scene was reflected in the results with a record number of clubs, pubs, hotels and wine bars achieving either a two or three glass rating.


Jonah's - Whale Beach NSW

Wine List of the Year Award

Jonah’s Restaurant , Whale Beach NSW

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Niels Sluiman / Christian Baeppler
  • Number of Wines: 1650
  • Wines by the Glass: 82
  • Wine Price: $$$
In a word: PHWOAR. Jonah's boasts a powerfully constructed, extensive and detailed wine list that resets the accepted size parameters of a wine list - this is a tome. The champagne selection is nothing short of jaw-dropping, and it is very exciting to see verticals of many of the wines listed - it shows a passion and knowledge about the houses featured and allows us (price permitting) to explore a broad range of styles and varietals across many different vintages. This is a very impressive, world class list, and worthy of every praise.

Judy Hirst Award

Niels Sluiman & Christian Baeppler

SommelierNiels Sluiman & Christian Baeppler

Niels Sluiman

Group Head Sommelier, Niels Sluiman has a wealth of experience having worked in some of the world’s most outstanding Michelin star restaurants. Niels oversees Jonah’s wine list that features as many as 1600 Australian and international wine labels.

Christian Baeppler

Christian Baeppler is the Group Sommelier for Jonah’s and is a Court of Master Sommeliers advanced level Sommelier. He was awarded 2017 Australian Riedel Advanced Sommelier Dux at the recent Master Sommeliers exams.

Best Wine Lists State or Territory Winners 2017

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.

Best Wine Lists Venue Type Winners 2017

  • 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 2017

  • 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 2017

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 2017

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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