Best Listing of a Region’s Wines

The Boat HousE, ACT

The Boat House

Grevillea Park, Menindee Drive, Barton, ACT
(02) 6273 5500
theboathouse.restaurant

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Kate Hibberson
WINEs ON LIST 205 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($58-$14 by the glass)

Getting the balance right between local and international libations is hard, especially when you’re somewhere like Canberra, with renowned wineries and breweries on the doorstep. However, The Boat House carries it off very well, delivering an impressive array of Canberran flavours from names as diverse as Mallaluka and Helm, alongside a vision that proudly includes southern NSW and north-east Victoria.

This informative list includes a handy vintage report, carries a detailed look at a number of varieties and weaves in plenty of the world’s great drinks (and not just wine) for essential reference points. While the options by the glass and carafe are tempting, you could start with a hyper-local Mount Majura Canberra spritz, drink through a vertical of Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier and then finish with the Dolcino botrytis from the Freeman family’s vineyard in the Hilltops for a regional experience.

Andrew Graham

Finalists

Stillwater

2 Bridge Rd, Launceston
(03) 6331 4153
stillwater.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jimmy Welsh
WINEs ON LIST 191 (14 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($25-$13 by the glass)

A Tasmanian-focused list showcasing the best the island has to offer, from fragrant cool-climate wines to artisan beers and spirits. The by-the-glass selection is on-point, offering premier wines that shine with food. As for the sparklings, they are a glorious exhibition of the heights achieved in Tasmania with bubbly. The riesling selection is rather fabulous, as is the sweep of chardonnay and pinot noir. There are worthy mainland and select international entries, but that is not the list’s primary focus. Stillwater presents diners with a magnificent exposé of Tasmania and is a must-visit destination for anyone serious about exploring the vinous delights of the island.

Settlers Tavern

114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River
(08) 9757 2398
settlerstavern.com

CUISINE Australian and Seafood
WINE LIST Karen D Gough
WINEs ON LIST 600+ (43 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($32-$7 by the glass)

Drinking wine should be joyous and carefree, and that’s the mood that is created at Margaret River’s Settlers Tavern. However, don’t let the casual nature of the place downplay the seriousness of the wine offering. This is one of the greatest wine lists in Australia, and it would be fair to speculate that there wouldn’t be too many places in the world offering the value, breadth and depth as found at The Tav. The energy and knowledge for the beverage program stem from owners Karen and Rob Gough: Rob runs the cocktail program, mixes the Bloody Marys and is the resident brewer, and Karen’s immense passion for wine, as well as her die-hard support of local wineries, her inquiring palate and love for international wines, sets the tone for the wine list. The list is a feast for the mind and senses, and there will be something to suit everyone’s palate, no matter if you have a penchant for layered Margaret River chardonnay, high-end Burgundy or skin-contact marsanne.