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Best Wine Lists Category Winners 2021

Here are the winning wine lists around the country selected by our judges for the skill and creativity of restaurateurs, managers and sommeliers in sourcing and curating both wines and other beverages in lists large and small. See the winners for categories including wines by the glass, non-alcoholic drinks list, sparkling wine list, champagne list, beer list, aperitifs, digestifs, sake, food & wine matching, listing of a region’s wines as well as best listing of a state wines.

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Best Wine Lists Category Winners 2021

Best Wine List (200 wines)

SPONSORED BY Henschke
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Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant, Sydney drink-glass

Best Wine List (200 wines) 2021

  • Cuisine: Contemporary Australian
  • Sommelier: Stuart Knox
  • Number of Wines: 150
  • Wines by the Glass: 85
  • Wine Price: $$$
Fix Wine has enjoyed its position as one of Sydney’s best bars and for good reason – it has a cracking 150-bottle list with more than half offered by the taste, glass or 500mls flask. Fancy a JJ Prum riesling, Jacques Puffeney vin jaune, Dr Edge pinot noir or maybe an amber wine, they are all here. It’s a list full of personality and drinkability writ-large.

Best Listing of VIC Wines

SPONSORED BY Levantine Hill
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Pt Leo Estate, Merricks drink-glass

Best Listing of VIC Wines 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Andrew Murch
  • Number of Wines: 189
  • Wines by the Glass: 19
  • Wine Price: $$
Pt. Leo Estate looks to the bigger picture. While it offers a wine list ostensibly devoted to the wines of its estate, it also chooses to employ it as a showcase for the entire state of Victoria. Many regions have a role to play on the list from a classy viognier from Sunbury to a Heathcote aglianico and a sweet petit manseng from Beechworth. The celebration of great chardonnay and pinot noir will be hard to pass but the red varietals section makes a good fist of it. The comprehensive range of spirits deserve a look, too.

Best Listing of NSW Wines

SPONSORED BY Tyrrell's
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Charred Kitchen & Bar, Orange drink-glass

Best Listing of NSW Wines 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: David Collins
  • Number of Wines: 920
  • Wines by the Glass: 53
  • Wine Price: $$$
This is a fantastic winelist and a tribute to David Collins. Not only is it thoughtful and incisive but there's plenty of value for those on a modest budget. Yes, there's lots of mini-verticals and specialist wines but overall its accessible and unintimidating for the new winelover. Local wines are appropriately celebrated. All this is a regional restaurant, albeit one that sets capital city standards. Well done David

Best Aperitif List

SPONSORED BY Lord Nelson Brewery
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One Penny Red, Summer Hill drink-glass

Best Aperitif List 2021

  • Cuisine: Contemporary
  • Sommelier: David Murphy
  • Number of Wines: 362
  • Wines by the Glass: 36
  • Wine Price: $$
A neighbourhood spot with a ballistic wine list; wish there was one in every suburb. This is such a cracking wine list, so much fun to trawl through yet imbued with the utterly careful consideration of sommelier-proprietor David Murphy. There's classic wines, yes, with an adherence to Australian boutique wine producers, but amongst that the avant garde, unusual and focused selections to create an experience each time you drink at One Penny Red. The by the glass selection is creative and travels wide with Coravin wines genuinely special and unique to drink. There's some decent cellared wines in the mix, but a lot of the joy in trawling these pages is discovering lesser-known names and being blown away by the quality inherent in the resulting wines. Great to see a solid section of orange and wines under flor, and, of course, a fantastic collection of Jura wines proudly showcased alongside a striking range of Piedmont reds, some great chenin blanc, fun and fancy fizzy wines. A delight.

Best Listing of SA Wines

SPONSORED BY Mitchell Wines
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Hardy's Verandah, Crafers drink-glass

Best Listing of SA Wines 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Liinaa Berry, Riccardo Borri, Eliott Boucard
  • Number of Wines: 950
  • Wines by the Glass: 35
  • Wine Price: $$$
This is a tour de force: a stupendous list that continues to improve each year. Winner of Best SA List, Best Listing of SA Wines and placed for Best Hotel list. Stunning and thoughtful wines by the glass, comprehensive coverage of the local region, and formidable exploration of the world of wine overseas with features on the Loire, Italy, the Rhone and excellent Champagne coverage.

Best Listing of WA Wines

SPONSORED BY Howard Park
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Wildflower, Perth drink-glass

Best Listing of WA Wines 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Emma Farrelly & Andrew Symes
  • Number of Wines: 450
  • Wines by the Glass: 21
  • Wine Price: $$$
Emma Farrelly has produced an exemplary list. It's the winner of this year's Best Listing of Western Australian Wines because it offers a thoughtful, balanced selection of the West's finest; is able to source a dozen impeccably well-cellared local classics; places the West's most impressive varietals alongside Australian and international examples to showcase their quality. There's something classy for everyone.

Best Listing of TAS Wines

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Terrace Kitchen, Prospect Vale drink-glass

Best Listing of TAS Wines 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Robyn McInerney & Greg Hazelwood
  • Number of Wines: 219
  • Wines by the Glass: 15
  • Wine Price: $$
This Hall of Famer, as Best List in Tasmania for three years, has an extensive range of local wines, especially bubblies, riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir. There are some features: Stefano Lubiana Single Block Pinots; four Tasmanian shiraz; some local stickies. All of these are placed in a national and international context.

Best Sake List

SPONSORED BY Deja Vu Wine Co
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Sokyo, Pyrmont drink-glass

Best Sake List 2021

  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Sommelier: Alfio Cannavo
  • Number of Wines: 527
  • Wines by the Glass: 43
  • Wine Price: $$$
It is quite an exquisite collection of wine that has extraordinary appeal to all diners regardless of their knowledge or spend. Starting with the top end, the collection of Italian wines, including cellared wines, is outstanding and possibly contrary to what one might have expected in a Japanese restaurant (it must be said there is also an excellent selection of Sake, Shōchū and Umeshu). If you are a cabernet lover, you are in luck, as some lovely aged examples are available. There is also a small, high-end collection of rare Bordeaux. The Burgundy collection is prestigious, and there is a beautiful sweep of German rieslings by Mosel producer Joh Jos Prüm. You will find wines diverse in origin and age by the glass, with some real treats served via Coravin.

Sommeliers' Choice Award

SPONSORED BY Vintec
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Quay Restaurant, The Rocks drink-glass

Sommeliers' Choice Award 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Shanteh Wale
  • Number of Wines: 560
  • Wines by the Glass: 38
  • Wine Price: $$-$$$
When you dine at Quay, an experience that is divine in every way, be assured that you are in the very best hands when it comes to wine. Despite its glittering world-class location, the wine list as a whole is not untouchable (of course, there are also many rare and ultra-fine bottles). At every price, you are presented with wines that taste magnificent. If you are spending less than $100 on a bottle, of which there are many, you will be getting the best examples available. If you select something rare and exclusive, be assured that the vintage and provenance have been carefully considered. The absence of ego from this list is what makes it so appealing, and when dining, you will be greeted with warmth, knowledge and genuine interest, not snobbery or exclusivity. There are highlights on every page, though one must mention the astute selection of local wines, the magnificent set of Champagnes, the presence of cellared Italian reds and the thrilling and complex collection of Burgundy.

Best Listing of ACT Wines

SPONSORED BY Vintec
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Boat House (The), Barton drink-glass

Best Listing of ACT Wines 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Kate Hibberson
  • Number of Wines: 196
  • Wines by the Glass: 18
  • Wine Price: $$
Although the focus here is on wines from Canberra, and there is a brilliant array of them to satisfy most requirements, the list is peppered with a very extensive number of excellent wines from the rest of Australia and abroad. If you can take your eyes off the view, spend a bit of time to pick out a wine gem, and with a good range of them at accessible prices.

Best Listing of Wines by the Glass

SPONSORED BY Coravin
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Cru Bar + Cellar, Fortitude Valley drink-glass

Best Listing of Wines by the Glass 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Chris Walker
  • Number of Wines: 1517
  • Wines by the Glass: 113
  • Wine Price: $$$
So, are you Raveneau or Dauvissat? French or Aussie grenache? A set of old vine stars. Volcano wines. Old rieslings. Some of the world’s most exciting emerging makers. Coche Dury. And we have not even got out of the ‘by the glass’ section. More than 60 wines under Coravin. Sake. A cracking Queensland collection. And more. A brilliantly compiled, incredibly thoughtful wine list. Great pricing. This is where I want to be for the next lockdown. Wine lists don't get much better.

Best Sparkling List

SPONSORED BY Coravin
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Aria, Sydney drink-glass

Best Sparkling List 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Alex Kirkwood
  • Number of Wines: 1780
  • Wines by the Glass: 108
  • Wine Price: $$$
A fabulous list that seamlessly melds the iconic with the new wave, skin contact whites with Grand Cru Burgundies and Beerenauslese with Passito. Its a testament to Alex Kirkwood's skill with lots of breakout boxes featuring the likes of Bill Downie, Top of the Pops Champagnes and a tribute to Australia's winegrowing origins. The 'by the glass' list is astonishing with lots of half bottles to back it up. Spirts and liqueurs share the limelight with an enticing range of fortifieds. A benchmark winelist and a lesson that a careful and considered selection makes for easy reading without limiting choice.

Best Champagne List

SPONSORED BY Bollinger
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Cru Bar + Cellar, Fortitude Valley drink-glass

Best Champagne List 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Chris Walker
  • Number of Wines: 1517
  • Wines by the Glass: 113
  • Wine Price: $$$
So, are you Raveneau or Dauvissat? French or Aussie grenache? A set of old vine stars. Volcano wines. Old rieslings. Some of the world’s most exciting emerging makers. Coche Dury. And we have not even got out of the ‘by the glass’ section. More than 60 wines under Coravin. Sake. A cracking Queensland collection. And more. A brilliantly compiled, incredibly thoughtful wine list. Great pricing. This is where I want to be for the next lockdown. Wine lists don't get much better.

Best Non-Alcoholic Drink List

SPONSORED BY Kurrajong Kitchen
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Ishizuka, Melbourne drink-glass

Best Non-Alcoholic Drink List 2021

  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Sommelier: David Lawler
  • Number of Wines: 39
  • Wines by the Glass: 31
  • Wine Price: $$
A very carefully crafted and selected wine and sake list, absolutely committed to complimenting and showing off the Japanese cuisine. This list is tight, curated and concise – there are no free loaders, every wine clearly has been hand picked and has a purpose and with a stunning choice of wine by the glass, one has a great opportunity to choose a couple of styles while still leaving room for a great choice of the popular Sake.

Australia's Choice Award

SPONSORED BY Qantas
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Il Lido, Cottesloe drink-glass

Australia's Choice Award 2021

  • Cuisine: Italian Cucina Povera
  • Sommelier: James Tuxworth, Michael Mori, Alex Ch'ng, Sally Lovell
  • Number of Wines: 523
  • Wines by the Glass: 29
  • Wine Price: $$$
This Italian-centric list is a tour de force and substantially developed in the last 12 months. The focus is on presenting a compendium of Italy's most interesting wines with due respect paid to the Australian wine industry, especially at its cutting edge. The By the glass list (at 150 and 250ml pours) is exemplary. The collection of Champagnes and the sparkling wines of Australia and Italy also impress. There's a ground-breaking section on Orange Wine from Italy and a tribute to Will Berliner at Cloudburst as well as an amazing range of Italy's indigenous varieties. The stuff of fantasy.

Best Beer List

SPONSORED BY Lord Nelson Brewery
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Charred Kitchen & Bar, Orange drink-glass

Best Beer List 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: David Collins
  • Number of Wines: 920
  • Wines by the Glass: 53
  • Wine Price: $$$
This is a fantastic winelist and a tribute to David Collins. Not only is it thoughtful and incisive but there's plenty of value for those on a modest budget. Yes, there's lots of mini-verticals and specialist wines but overall its accessible and unintimidating for the new winelover. Local wines are appropriately celebrated. All this is a regional restaurant, albeit one that sets capital city standards. Well done David

Best Listing of QLD Wines

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Cru Bar + Cellar, Fortitude Valley drink-glass

Best Listing of QLD Wines 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Chris Walker
  • Number of Wines: 1517
  • Wines by the Glass: 113
  • Wine Price: $$$
So, are you Raveneau or Dauvissat? French or Aussie grenache? A set of old vine stars. Volcano wines. Old rieslings. Some of the world’s most exciting emerging makers. Coche Dury. And we have not even got out of the ‘by the glass’ section. More than 60 wines under Coravin. Sake. A cracking Queensland collection. And more. A brilliantly compiled, incredibly thoughtful wine list. Great pricing. This is where I want to be for the next lockdown. Wine lists don't get much better.

Best Wine List (50 wines)

SPONSORED BY Deja Vu Wine Co
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Ishizuka, Melbourne drink-glass

Best Wine List (50 wines) 2021

  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Sommelier: David Lawler
  • Number of Wines: 39
  • Wines by the Glass: 31
  • Wine Price: $$
A very carefully crafted and selected wine and sake list, absolutely committed to complimenting and showing off the Japanese cuisine. This list is tight, curated and concise – there are no free loaders, every wine clearly has been hand picked and has a purpose and with a stunning choice of wine by the glass, one has a great opportunity to choose a couple of styles while still leaving room for a great choice of the popular Sake.

Best Wine List (100 wines)

SPONSORED BY First Drop Wines
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Spice Temple Sydney, Sydney drink-glass

Best Wine List (100 wines) 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Chinese
  • Sommelier: Justin Crawford
  • Number of Wines: 100
  • Wines by the Glass: 19
  • Wine Price: $$$
One of the most difficult things a sommelier or wine list curator can achieve is brevity in their work with a collection. To limit oneself to 100 wines is hard going, especially with the depth of imports and breadth of exciting producers found locally, across 60-plus Australian wine growing areas. This is a list that speaks volumes of talent in this regard. "Every wine fights for its place on this list", states the introduction, and righteously the list backs this up with a wonderful selection that nails that sentiment, with every wine finding significance. Great Burgundy, unusual white grape varieties celebrated for their aromatic prowess and freshness, exotic reds of levity and vitality, familiar things that give comfort and lend substance to heavier dishes are all found here. Likewise, maturing or mature wines grace the pages too. That the (excellent) spirits collection out numbers wine is amusing too. Bravo, the sommelier craft is in great hands here.

Best Food & Wine Matching List

SPONSORED BY Kurrajong Kitchen
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Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater drink-glass

Best Food & Wine Matching List 2021

  • Cuisine: Sardinian
  • Sommelier: Wainer Pordetti
  • Number of Wines: 367
  • Wines by the Glass: 25
  • Wine Price: $$$
One of the best listings of Italian wine in Sydney, laid out by variety, making it easy to try something new and fabulous. In line with the Sardinian inspired cuisine, there is an impressive number of wines from the island, such as vermentino and cannonau, and a host of lesser-known varieties like semidano, nasco and bovale. The main list comprises mainly Italian and Australian wines with quality at the forefront of all listings. It is rare to see a list with so many cellared Italian wines at prices that are more-than-fair. The most exciting part is hunting through the back vintages to find the special combinations, of which there are many, of vintage, producer and region. It is a joyful list and a fitting accompaniment to the fantastic food and glorious beach-side views.

Best Listing of Australian Wines

SPONSORED BY Orlando
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Bennelong, Sydney drink-glass

Best Listing of Australian Wines 2021

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Amanda Yallop
  • Number of Wines: 450
  • Wines by the Glass: 30
  • Wine Price: $$$
A superb wine list to match the superb setting. There is a lot of choice here in this almost entirely Australian list and it is worth spending a bit of time looking through the list which has been carefully selected and built upon and provides a good balance of established names and more recent entrants. From Albarino to Zibibbo, youthful to aged classics, everyday to luxurious, there is something for everyone and every occasion here.

Best Digestif List

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Bistecca, Sydney CBD drink-glass

Best Digestif List 2021

  • Cuisine: Italian Steakhouse
  • Sommelier: Alice Massaria , Greg Burley
  • Number of Wines: 352
  • Wines by the Glass: 24
  • Wine Price: $$$
Alice Massaria has firmly stamped her winelist as a celebration of all things Italian and of woman winegrowers. The layout by weight and style is refreshing, as is the detail of grape varieties alongside each wine. Naturally there's focus on nebbiolo and sangiovese - the two varieties that suit the Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the only main course offered at this temple of beef. The range of aperitifs and digestives is impressive - especially the comprehensive tasting notes on the extensive Amaro list.

Best Listing of a Region’s Wine

SPONSORED BY Riedel
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Settlers Tavern, Margaret River drink-glass

Best Listing of a Region’s Wine 2021

  • Cuisine: Local Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Karen Gough
  • Number of Wines: 600+
  • Wines by the Glass: 27
  • Wine Price: $$
Settlers list has become legendary. It's a must-visit place to eat and drink for a wine lover visiting Margaret River. Settlers showcases the local wines, especially the newest and best, within a context of the world of wine. Lillian, La Kooki and Swinney sit alongside William Downie, Wendouree and Yarra Yering; or Cuilleron, Pio Cesare, and Williams Selyem. The list itself is wonderfully chaotic, crammed with information and (informed) opinion, offering great bottles at prices even winewriters can afford.

Best New Wine List – Tony Hitchin Award

SPONSORED BY Howard Park
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a'Mare, Sydney drink-glass

Best New Wine List – Tony Hitchin Award 2021

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Sommelier: Francesca Pellegrino, Gianluca Urbani
  • Number of Wines: 450
  • Wines by the Glass: 23
  • Wine Price: $$$
Dining at a’Mare with its opulent, polished decor certainly has a sense of grandeur. And the extensive nature of the wine list gives the diner more than enough choice and variety to pair with the delicious Italian cuisine. The wine selection is focused on, though not limited to, the wines of Italy. The list is organised by grape variety, making it easy to navigate through the complexities of the many Italian regions. If spending big, there is a large crop of aged Italian wines from iconic producers. At the more modest end of the list, the red wines are very youthful for their type. Being a new list, it needs some time to settle and evolve, but there is no doubting the complexity, breadth and potential.

Best Wine Lists State or Territory Winners 2021

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

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

Laura at Point Leo Estate, Merricks, VIC

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 acknowledgment that all reviews are subjective.

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