Wine List of the Year Winners 2018

The winners of the 25th Anniverary of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards were announced at the Vintec/Transtherm/Electrolux showroom on Monday 23rd July with Aria, Brisbane, QLD announced as the major award winner for 2018. 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.


Aria Brisbane - Brisbane QLD

Wine List of the Year Award

Aria Brisbane , Brisbane QLD

  • Cuisine: Modern Classic
  • Sommelier: Ian Trinkle
  • Number of Wines: 1040
  • Wines by the Glass: 39
  • Wine Price: $$$
A beautifully constructed, refined wine-list showing the deep understanding that sommelier Ian Trinkle has of the wine industry. It's a distinguished list, showcasing top wines from Australia, as well as the world beyond. Its clarity and seamless nature make perusal of its pages a dream, and despite listing over 1000 wines, it is inviting, rather than overwhelming. There are multiple vintages of classic labels, the inclusion of many local Granite Belt wines, a host of reds from the Jura and southern France, and an extensive collection of alternate varietals. The listings from Burgundy and the Rhone Valley are impressive.

Judy Hirst Award

Ian Trinkle

SommelierIan Trinkle

Ian Trinkle showcases a unique selection of quality wine from Australia and beyond. His understanding of the global wine world is undeniably impressive.
However, it is his belief in local wines, at a micro and macro level, which adds authenticity and substance to the selection.

Best Wine Lists State or Territory Winners 2018

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 2018

  • 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 2018

  • 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 2018

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 2018

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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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.

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