Wine List of the Year Award 2021

Marking the 28th year since the Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards were launched in 1994, the winners of the 2021 Awards were announced online on Monday 29th November, and again highlighted the depth of talent, dedication, and the sheer commitment and tenacity, of so many sommeliers and owners around the country. Deputy Chair of Judges, Jeni Port, declared of the winning Ten Minutes by Tractor’s wine list – ‘A love letter to wine if ever there was one, this list takes absolute joy in the people, the regions, and the ever-changing moods of wine whether it be on the Mornington Peninsula, the rest of the country, or the world.’


2021 Winner Ten Minutes by Tractor

Australia's Wine List of the Year

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Ten Minutes by Tractor , Main Ridge VIC

  • Cuisine: Modern Australia
  • Sommelier: Xavier Vigier
  • Number of Wines: 1021
  • Wines by the Glass: 65
  • Wine Price: $$$
A love letter to wine if ever there was one, this list takes absolute joy in the people, the regions and the ever-changing moods of wine whether it be on the Mornington Peninsula, the rest of the country or the world. You see it in each wine listing which includes the name of the winemaker, in the photos sprinkled throughout, the memories shared; lovely personal touches all. At its core, this is essentially an outlet for the vineyard's own wines. But, as the introduction says, they are placed into context by what follows. Many will be happy to explore the wines by the glass but should you look further, the selections from France and Italy excel.

Judy Hirst Award

Xavier Vigier

SommelierXavier Vigier

Xavier Vigier takes his place alongside Australia’s finest sommeliers as the latest winner of the Judy Hirst Award, given annually to the sommelier responsible for the winning list.

2021 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards Ceremony video

Best Wine Lists State or Territory Winners 2021

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.

Il Lido, Cottesloe WA

Best Wine Lists Venue Type Winners 2021

  • 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 2021

  • 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 2021

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 2021

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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