WINNERS

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 once 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! The Hall of Fame’s individual award is presented periodically to recognise an outstanding individual and their contribution to the Sommelier Profession and to training and education and the service of fine wine within the Australian Hospitality and Tourism Industries.

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Lalla Rookh - Perth WA

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Winning one of the most highly regarded awards in the wine industry is a real honour. It is an incredible feeling to know we have made it this far; it makes it even more exciting for the future. It has definitely increased our guest interest and we have had a lot of amazing feedback, which is carrying the wine passion at Jonah’s even further. Guests are enjoying the read as well as the wines and that is just a great achievement!

Niels Sluiman - Jonah's
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It's been really good for business. We've always been known as a destination for wine lovers and the award has now cemented that position for us. We've had customers come in and see the wine list and drink the wines because they've heard about the award and that definitely adds something special to the place.

Nick Hildebrandt - Bentley
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Winning the Wine List of the Year Award has legitimised a less-than-conventional, narrative-based approach to listing and selling delicious wine. I'm sure that other sommeliers with a song in their heart and a fierce yearning to tell stories will be heartened by our success and feel more confident in submitting their offering.

Grant Dickson - fermentAsian

Major Award Winners

Jonah's, Palm Beach

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Wine List of the Year Award 2017

Best Listing of NSW Wines 2018

Best Listing of Australian Wines 2018

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List 2017

Best Wine List: NSW 2017

Judy Hirst Award 2017

Best Wine List: NSW 2016

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List 2016

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List 2015

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian with Italian influences
  • Sommelier: Niels Sluiman
  • Number of Wines: 1680
  • Wines by the Glass: 85
  • Wine Price: $$$
The drive for excellence continues! If we thought that Jonah's didn't have anything more to prove, no one told them. It's hard to believe yet the judges consider that the list may have improved since last year's win. Awards for Best Listing of Australian Wines and NSW Wines are not easily won. Extraordinary by the glass, even better with Coravin. No matter what your tastes are, you'll be delighted by Jonah's.

fermentAsian, Tanunda

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Wine List of the Year Award 2016

Best Listing of SA Wines 2018

Best Wine List: SA 2016

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2016

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2015

Best Wine List: SA 2015

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2014

Best Wine List: SA 2014

  • Cuisine: Modern Asian
  • Sommelier: Grant Dickson, Geoffrey Hunt
  • Number of Wines: 1254
  • Wines by the Glass: 18
  • Wine Price: $$$
Ferment Asian certainly has an irreverent, quirky way when it comes to a wine list. The long version, all 1254 wines, deserves a read for the whimsy and vinous joy that co-owner, Grant Dickson, brings to his wine selection and his tasting notes. Or there is always the shorter wine list. The list is madly parochial in part, a love letter to the wines of the Barossa Valley and greater South Australia, but Dickson's interests take flight once he leaves these shores, heading all points of the compass from the Canary Islands to the greatest wine houses of Europe. Aged wines are especially celebrated.

Bentley, Sydney

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Wine List of the Year Award 2015

Vintec Sommeliers' Choice Award 2018

Best Listing of Wines by the Glass 2018

Best Digestif List 2017

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2015

Best Wine List: NSW 2015

Best Wine List: NSW 2014

  • Cuisine: Contemporary
  • Sommelier: Nick Hildebrandt, Ben Gardiner
  • Number of Wines: 1200
  • Wines by the Glass: 50
  • Wine Price: $$$
Bentley's pitch-perfect selection highlights the classics, the classy, the renegades and more. There's no question the list featuring 1000-plus bottles will send shivers down your spine because what's on offer is first and foremost, delicious drinking. The spotlight is on Australia and France but there's so much in-between Spanish garnacha, Italian pecorino or wild ferment assyrtiko from Greece for example. Discover more than vin jaune with fine choices of chardonnay, savagnin, pinot noir, poulsard and trousseau from the Jura. There's a wicked collection of spirits, an inspiring by the glass selection including gems featured under Fine & Rare and mini-verticals throughout from Selosse, Keller to Mount Mary.

Lake House, Daylesford

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Best Listing of VIC Wines 2018

Best Listing of VIC Wines 2017

Best Wine List: VIC 2014

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2013

Best Listing of a Region's Wines 2012

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2010

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2008

  • Cuisine: Contemporary Australian
  • Sommelier: Robin Wilson
  • Number of Wines: 1213
  • Wines by the Glass: 22
  • Wine Price: $$$
A legendary list. Thoroughly comprehensive, but if there are regions/styles that shine are Burgundy and Champagne. Indeed, the list of champagnes would be proudly flaunted by most top restaurants from that region. An excellent focus on local wines as well. It does not get much better.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, Burswood

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Wine List of the Year Award 2014

Wine List of the Year Award 2014

Best Listing of Wines by the Glass 2015

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2014

Best Wine List: WA 2014

Best Listing of Wines by the Glass 2013

Best Digestif List 2013

Best Wine List: WA 2012

Best New List - The Tony Hitchin Award 2011

Best Wine List: WA 2011

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse
  • Sommelier: Matthew Bell, Andrew Symes
  • Number of Wines: 2440
  • Wines by the Glass: 38
  • Wine Price: $$$
A world class list. This is a who's who and what's what of great wines from around the world. So many highlights. A brilliant collection of champagnes - both growers and classics. What really excites is the wonderful array of Navazos sherries and spirits. Worth the trip just for them.

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

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Wine List of the Year Award 2012

Best Listing of VIC Wines 2016

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2012

Best Wine List: VIC 2012

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2012

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2011

Best Wine List: VIC 2011

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2009

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Matthew Lance/Peter Dillon
  • Number of Wines: 1250
  • Wines by the Glass: 40
  • Wine Price: $$$
If one had to take just a single wine list to a desert island for the rest of your life, this would be it. Every base covered, every box ticked. Brilliant by the glass from classics to curiosities and mature gems. toss in amazing verticals and collections from stars as diverse as JJ Prum, Clos des Goisses and Denis Mortet. What a list!

Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater

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Wine List of the Year Award 2011

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2011

Best Wine List: NSW 2011

Best Listing of a Region's Wines 2010

Best Wine List: NSW 2010

  • Cuisine: Sardinian
  • Sommelier: Wainer Pordeti
  • Number of Wines: 380
  • Wines by the Glass: 30
  • Wine Price: $$$
Former winner admirably maintaining its standard with the focus clearly on celebrating Italian wines - with its cameo of Sardinia the chef's birthplace. There is a good Australian collection to complement the amazing range of varietals from Italy. The wine list continues to contribute to making this a great place to dine.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne, Southbank

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Wine List of the Year Award 2010

Best Wine List: VIC 2010

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2010

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Ash Boburka / Sebastian Crowther MS
  • Number of Wines: 1200
  • Wines by the Glass: 40
  • Wine Price: $$$
A list where one could play, spot the region or top producer not represented, though I'm not sure you'll find any. An amazingly comprehensive list of superb wine and quality producers, while offering emerging stars and numerous mature wines from excellent vintages. The highlight must be Burgundy, both red and white.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Sydney

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Wine List of the Year Award 2009

Best Aperitif List 2017

Best Digestif List 2015

Best Aperitif List 2012

Best Digestif List 2012

Best Aperitif List 2011

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2009

Best New List - The Tony Hitchin Award 2009

Best Wine List: NSW 2009

Best Wine List: NSW 2008

  • Cuisine: Steak House
  • Sommelier: Yuki Hirose
  • Number of Wines: 3240
  • Wines by the Glass: 56
  • Wine Price: $$$
Rockpool's tome features close to 3300 bottles and starts with a dazzling array of wines by the glass hovering around 60. Thanks to Coravin, gems appear perhaps something from Didier Dagueneau or Domaine Tempier and not just current renditions either but older vintages, a 1995 Peter Lehmann Stonewell for example. On the whole, France rules with a focus on many wines from single producers, big hitting names, too, the likes of Dom Perignon, Domaine Leflaive, E. Guigal although the vertical theme continues throughout the list into Australia, Germany, Italy and beyond. Mind-boggling what's on offer.

Aria Sydney, Sydney

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Wine List of the Year Award 2003

Best Sparkling List 2018

Best Sparkling List 2017

Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers` Choice Award 2013

Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers` Choice Award 2012

Best Listing of Australian Wines 2012

Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers` Choice Award 2011

Best Wine List: NSW 2003

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2003

Best Wine List: NSW 2000

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Alex Kirkwood
  • Number of Wines: 1450
  • Wines by the Glass: 67
  • Wine Price: $$$
Already a benchmark, Aria's list always impresses thank to its depth, attention to detail and sheer drinking pleasure on offer. Its extensive by the glass offering is something else boosted by a stunning compilation of iconic Australian and international wines. Start with youthful English fizz, J.J. Prum riesling or Gravner Anfora or something with age perhaps a 1996 Best's Bin O or 2001 Cos d'Estournel. The entire list follows the same stylish local and international theme. Wow. Just wow.

Syracuse, Melbourne

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Wine List of the Year Award 1999

Best Wine List: VIC 1999

Best City Restaurant Wine List 1999

Best Wine List: VIC 1998

  • Cuisine: European/Sicilian
  • Sommelier: Florian Valieres
  • Number of Wines: 732
  • Wines by the Glass: 42
  • Wine Price: $$$
A thoroughly comprehensive collection of wines with something for even the fussiest oenophile. Wide-ranging selection by the glass, with a number under coravin. The great strength of this list is its extent and the number of options for mature vintage offerings.

Three Time Winners

Appellation, Marananga

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Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2017

Best Listing of a Region's Wines 2015

Best Wine List: SA 2010

Best Wine List: SA 2009

Best Wine List: SA 2008

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: James Boden
  • Number of Wines: 323
  • Wines by the Glass: 17
  • Wine Price: $$$

Aria Brisbane, Brisbane

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Wine List of the Year Award 2018

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2018

Judy Hirst Award 2018

Best Listing of QLD Wines 2017

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2017

Best Listing of Australian Wines 2014

Best Wine List: QLD 2014

Best Wine List: QLD 2013

Best Wine List: QLD 2011

  • Cuisine: Modern Classic
  • Sommelier: Ian Trinkle
  • Number of Wines: 1040
  • Wines by the Glass: 39
  • Wine Price: $$$

Aria Sydney, Sydney

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Wine List of the Year Award 2003

Best Sparkling List 2018

Best Sparkling List 2017

Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers` Choice Award 2013

Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers` Choice Award 2012

Best Listing of Australian Wines 2012

Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers` Choice Award 2011

Best Wine List: NSW 2003

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2003

Best Wine List: NSW 2000

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Alex Kirkwood
  • Number of Wines: 1450
  • Wines by the Glass: 67
  • Wine Price: $$$

Aubergine, Griffith

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Best Food & Wine Matching List 2017

Best Listing of ACT Wines 2017

Best Wine List: ACT 2015

Best Wine List: ACT 2014

Best Wine List: ACT 2013

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Sommelier: Cyril Thevenet
  • Number of Wines: 518
  • Wines by the Glass: 31
  • Wine Price: $$

Botanical (The), South Yarra

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Best Wine List: VIC 2017

Best Wine List: VIC 2016

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List 2014

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List 2013

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List 2012

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Peter Baker
  • Number of Wines: 864
  • Wines by the Glass: 29
  • Wine Price: SSS

Char Darwin, Darwin

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Best Wine List: NT 2014

Best Wine List: NT 2013

Best Wine List: NT 2012

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Maurizio Pagani
  • Number of Wines: 285
  • Wines by the Glass: 31
  • Wine Price: $$

Cru Bar + Cellar, Fortitude Valley

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Best Champagne List 2018

Best Listing of Wines by the Glass 2017

Best Wine Bar Wine List 2015

Best Wine List: QLD 2015

Best Wine List: QLD 2009

Best Wine List: QLD 2004

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Chris Walker
  • Number of Wines: 1330
  • Wines by the Glass: 111
  • Wine Price: $$$

European (The), Melbourne

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Best Small Wine List (max 100 wines) 2012

Best Small Wine List (max 100 wines) 2011

Best Small Wine List (max 100 wines) 2010

Best Small Wine List (max 50 wines) 1998

  • Cuisine: European
  • Sommelier: Chris Broughton
  • Number of Wines: 700
  • Wines by the Glass: 13
  • Wine Price: $$$

fermentAsian, Tanunda

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Wine List of the Year Award 2016

Best Listing of SA Wines 2018

Best Wine List: SA 2016

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2016

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2015

Best Wine List: SA 2015

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2014

Best Wine List: SA 2014

  • Cuisine: Modern Asian
  • Sommelier: Grant Dickson, Geoffrey Hunt
  • Number of Wines: 1254
  • Wines by the Glass: 18
  • Wine Price: $$$

Glass, Sydney

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Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers` Choice Award 2014

Best Listing of Australian Wines 2013

Best Wine List: NSW 2012

Best Listing of Wines by the Glass 2011

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List 2010

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List 2009

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List 2008

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Mauro Bortolato
  • Number of Wines: 1000
  • Wines by the Glass: 36
  • Wine Price: $$$

Healesville Hotel, Healesville

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Best Listing of a Region's Wines 2017

Best Listing of a Region's Wines 2016

Best Listing of a Region's Wines 2014

Best Beer List 2013

Best Beer List 2012

Best Beer List 2011

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List 2008

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List 2004

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List 2003

  • Cuisine: Regional
  • Sommelier: Michael Kennedy
  • Number of Wines: 400
  • Wines by the Glass: 25
  • Wine Price: $

Jonah's, Palm Beach

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Wine List of the Year Award 2017

Best Listing of NSW Wines 2018

Best Listing of Australian Wines 2018

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List 2017

Best Wine List: NSW 2017

Judy Hirst Award 2017

Best Wine List: NSW 2016

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List 2016

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List 2015

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian with Italian influences
  • Sommelier: Niels Sluiman
  • Number of Wines: 1680
  • Wines by the Glass: 85
  • Wine Price: $$$

Lake House, Daylesford

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Best Listing of VIC Wines 2018

Best Listing of VIC Wines 2017

Best Wine List: VIC 2014

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2013

Best Listing of a Region's Wines 2012

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2010

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2008

  • Cuisine: Contemporary Australian
  • Sommelier: Robin Wilson
  • Number of Wines: 1213
  • Wines by the Glass: 22
  • Wine Price: $$$

Love, Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst

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Best Wine Bar Wine List 2017

Best Wine Bar Wine List 2016

  • Cuisine: Wine Bar
  • Sommelier: Matthew Swieboda / Nathanial Hatwell
  • Number of Wines: 265
  • Wines by the Glass: 14
  • Wine Price: $$

Melbourne Supper Club, Melbourne

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Best Wine Bar Wine List 2013

Best Wine Bar Wine List 2012

Best Wine Bar Wine List 2011

Best Wine Bar Wine List 2008

Best Wine List: VIC 2003

  • Cuisine: Bar & Supper
  • Sommelier: Chris Broughton
  • Number of Wines: 1100
  • Wines by the Glass: 13
  • Wine Price: $$$

Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Sydney

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Wine List of the Year Award 2009

Best Aperitif List 2017

Best Digestif List 2015

Best Aperitif List 2012

Best Digestif List 2012

Best Aperitif List 2011

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2009

Best New List - The Tony Hitchin Award 2009

Best Wine List: NSW 2009

Best Wine List: NSW 2008

  • Cuisine: Steak House
  • Sommelier: Yuki Hirose
  • Number of Wines: 3240
  • Wines by the Glass: 56
  • Wine Price: $$$

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

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Wine List of the Year Award 2012

Best Listing of VIC Wines 2016

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2012

Best Wine List: VIC 2012

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2012

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2011

Best Wine List: VIC 2011

Best Country Restaurant Wine List 2009

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Matthew Lance/Peter Dillon
  • Number of Wines: 1250
  • Wines by the Glass: 40
  • Wine Price: $$$

Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, Burswood

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Wine List of the Year Award 2014

Wine List of the Year Award 2014

Best Listing of Wines by the Glass 2015

Best City Restaurant Wine List 2014

Best Wine List: WA 2014

Best Listing of Wines by the Glass 2013

Best Digestif List 2013

Best Wine List: WA 2012

Best New List - The Tony Hitchin Award 2011

Best Wine List: WA 2011

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse
  • Sommelier: Matthew Bell, Andrew Symes
  • Number of Wines: 2440
  • Wines by the Glass: 38
  • Wine Price: $$$

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli

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Best Club Restaurant Wine List 2008

Best Club Restaurant Wine List 2004

Best Club Restaurant Wine List 2003

  • Cuisine: Modern Australian
  • Sommelier: Jamie Dickinson, Kim Smith
  • Number of Wines: 1133
  • Wines by the Glass: 33
  • Wine Price: $-$$$

Rubicon, Griffith

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Best Listing of ACT Wines 2018

Best Wine List: ACT 2016

Best Wine List: ACT 2012

Best Wine List: ACT 2011

  • Cuisine: Contemporary European
  • Sommelier: Owen Kenyon
  • Number of Wines: 500+
  • Wines by the Glass: 26
  • Wine Price: $$

Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

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Best Listing of WA Wines 2018

Best Listing of a Region's Wines 2018

Best Listing of WA Wines 2017

Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers` Choice Award 2015

Best Listing of Australian Wines 2015

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List 2011

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List 2010

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List 2009

  • Cuisine: Australian local sourced
  • Number of Wines: 500
  • Wines by the Glass: 25
  • Wine Price: $$

Source (The) at MONA, Berriedale

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Best Listing of TAS Wines 2017

Best Beer List 2016

Best Beer List 2015

Best Wine List: TAS 2015

Best Wine List: TAS 2014

Best Wine List: TAS 2013

  • Cuisine: Modern Tasmanian
  • Sommelier: Pip Anderson, Ilo Pilve
  • Number of Wines: 1950
  • Wines by the Glass: 19
  • Wine Price: $$$

Spice Temple Melbourne, Southbank

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Best Small Wine List (max 100 wines) 2016

Best Small Wine List (max 100 wines) 2015

Best Small Wine List (max 100 wines) 2013

  • Cuisine: Modern Chinese
  • Sommelier: Sebastian Crowther MS
  • Number of Wines: 100
  • Wines by the Glass: 18
  • Wine Price: $$

Individual Award

Franck Moreau MS

Individual Winner

Franck Moreau MS is Australia’s first Master Sommelier. Growing up in Beaujolais, in Southern France, Franck was surrounded by vineyards and winemakers, which began his life-long love affair with wine. Rising through the ranks, Franck has worked at a number of Michelin-star restaurants around the world, from La Rotonde in Paris, to Gordon Ramsay’s The Savoy Grill and Claridge’s in London. He is currently the Head Sommelier for The Merivale Group in Sydney. Franck is also the President of Sommeliers Australia and is extraordinarily passionate about the hospitality and wine industry in Australia and abroad.

David Lawler

Much-admired Melbourne sommelier David Lawler, who created the 2010 Best Wine List of the Year at Rockpool, Melbourne and recently retired as President of Sommeliers Australia was awarded the rarely-given Individual Award with entry into the Hall of Fame for his passionate commitment to the hospitality industry – supporting the education, training and service skills of sommeliers.

Best Wine Lists State or Territory Winners 2018

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

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 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

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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