Wine List of the Year Awards 2019

The winners of the 26th Anniverary of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards were announced at the Vintec Electrolux showroom on Monday 22nd July with est. NSW announced as the major award winner for 2019. 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.


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2019 Winners

Australia's Wine List of the Year

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est , Sydney NSW

  • Cuisine: Contemporary Australian
  • Sommelier: Bhatia Dheeraj
  • Number of Wines: 1526
  • Wines by the Glass: 46
  • Wine Price: $$$
A mouth-watering and complete wine list with something for everyone, from the expert to the enthusiast. From a diverse and enticing wine by the glass list through to extensive vintage offerings of some of the absolute classic wines from both Australia and overseas. Virtually every country and wine style is represented so if you are curious to try something different, here is your opportunity.

Judy Hirst Award

Bhatia Dheeraj

SommelierBhatia Dheeraj

est’s Head Sommelier – Bhatia Dheeraj, is currently responsible for Australia’s 2019 Winning Wine List and as such becomes the 2019 Winner of the Judy Hirst Award. Bhatia, first honed his skills at Raffles Hotel Singapore and three Michelin starred Robuchon au Dome in Macau before arriving in Australia. To quote this year’s judges – the est list is – “A mouth-watering and complete wine list with something for everyone – from the expert to the enthusiast”.

Best Wine Lists State or Territory Winners 2019

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 2019

  • 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 2019

  • 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 2019

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 2019

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.

Explore wine lists near you

A well-curated wine list is exciting to explore and guaranteed to enhance your dining experience. Discover Australia's best wine lists developed by talented sommeliers from restaurants, wine bars, cafes, brasseries, pubs, clubs and hotels by suburb or postcode.

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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