Best List of Australian Wines

BENNELONG, NSW

Bennelong

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9240 8000
bennelong.com.au

CUISINE Australian
WINE LIST Seamus Brandt
WINEs ON LIST 500 (46 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($136-$15 by the glass)

In 2019, Bennelong upended its focus on great wines of the world to create a cellar solely made up of Australian wines. That’s easier than it sounds – carving off international stars and replacing them with a list that celebrates Australian wine and represents its myriad regions. The Bennelong team pulled it off spectacularly.

ANGUS HUGHSON

Best Listing of ACT Wines
The Boat House

Best Listing of NSW Wines
Newcastle Club
Best Listing of QLD Wines
Cru Bar + Cellar
Best Listing of SA Wines
2KW Bar & Restaurant
Best Listing of Tas Wines
Terrace Launceston
Best Listing of Vic Wines
Pt. Leo Estate
Best Listing of WA Wines
The Shorehouse

Finalists

Cafe Sydney

Level 5, Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay, NSW
(02) 9251 8683
cafesydney.com

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Simon Curkovic
WINEs ON LIST 260 (43 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($33-$16 by the glass)

The list opens with an exceptional array of selections by the glass, highlighting the best this country has to offer. And so it continues, a cavalcade of the classic and exciting wines of Australia. Quality spirits, beers and their ilk, and some very fine Champagnes, but otherwise, this is a celebration of Australian wine.

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.