Star Wine List and GT WINE celebrated Australia’s top wine lists

On November 8, the Star Wine List Awards Australia with Gourmet Traveller WINE was held for the first time. Mornington Peninsula's Ten Minutes by Tractor took home two of the seven categories in the celebration of Australian wine lists and sommelier teams. Gold Stars were also won by wine bars and restaurants in Sydney, Hobart, Canberra and Melbourne. 

“We could not have been more excited to celebrate the great Australian wine lists and the teams behind them for the first time, except if we could have been in the room with them of course. Congratulations to all the worthy winners and the strong finalists, we can’t wait to go back to Australia and visit your wine bars and restaurants again,” said Krister Bengtsson, founder of Star Wine List.

"Gourmet Traveller WINE is honoured to partner with Krister and Star Wine List on this exciting and worthwhile initiative," said GT WINE editor, Dom Sweeney. "The turnout we saw both in Sydney and online for the awards reflected the incredible optimism and drive that defines the Australian hospitality industry. We're excited to evolve this partnership over the coming years – and see our local venues and sommeliers flourish on the world stage."

Star Wine List Awards is a celebration of the great wine lists in the world and the teams behind them. In Australia, the prize was awarded in seven categories, and the winners in each category got a Gold Star and qualified for the international final in 2022. Previously on this tour, the awards have been held in Finland, Norway and Denmark. After Australia, the United Kingdom is up next. 

The Australia event was hosted both from GT WINE’s offices in Sydney and live online. You are welcome to re-watch the event through Star Wine List’s website, starwinelist.com

About the jury

The jury for the Star Wine List Awards with Gourmet Traveller Wine includes four of the most renowned sommeliers in the world: Paz Levinson, Véronique Rivest, Arvid Rosengren and Pascaline Lepeltier. The Australian wine scene was represented by Andrea Pritzker MW and sommelier Jacqueline Turner.

WINNERS

Austrian Wine List
Recognizes the best wine list with Austrian wines

The category is presented by Austrian Wine

Gold Star: Laura

Silver Stars:
Aubergine Restaurant
Bentley Restaurant & Wine Bar
Dear Sainte Eloise
Lucinda
Sono Japanese Restaurant Portside Wharf

By The Glass
Recognizes the best By the glass list

Gold Star: Ten Minutes by Tractor  

Silver Stars:
2KW Bar & Restaurant    
Aubergine Restaurant    
Bentley Restaurant & Wine Bar  
Hardy’s Verandah    
The Heritage Wine Bar

Sparkling Wine List
Recognizes the wine list with sparkling wine

Gold Star: Lucinda  

Silver Stars:
Bentley Restaurant & Wine Bar  
Hardy’s Verandah
Quay
Steves Bar & Cafe
Ten Minutes by Tractor

Special Jury Prize
Recognizes a venue that has done something extra with their list

Bar Rochford

Best Short List
Recognizes the best wine list with fewer than 200 listings

Gold Star: Embla

Silver Stars:
Bar Rochford
Black Cow Bistro
Firedoor
Marion
Totti's Bondi

Best Medium-Sized List
Recognizes the best wine list with 200-600 listings

Gold Star: Monopole

Silver Stars:
Bistecca
Fred's
Love Tilly Devine
The Gidley
Where’s Nick

Grand Prix
The top Australian wine list with more than 600 wines

Gold Star: Ten Minutes by Tractor

Silver Stars:
Bentley Restaurant & Wine Bar
Bert’s Bar & Brasserie
Felix Bistro & Bar
Hardy’s Verandah
Settler's Tavern
The Wine Library


For more information, please contact:

Krister Bengtsson
, founder, Star Wine List
krister@starwinelist.com

Dom Sweeney, editor, Gourmet Traveller WINE
dsweeney@gourmettravellerwine.com

 Judy Sarris, editor-in-chief, Gourmet Traveller WINE
jsarris@gourmettravellerwine.com

Images can be found on starwinelist.com/media