Australian Capital Territory Winner

Rubicon

Rubicon offers up a finely tuned wine list that oscillates between classic European wine producers, definitive fine wines of Australia, and an evolving and thoughtfully chosen collection from the local Canberra District wine region.  Drinkers will be thrilled by the raft of excellent grower Champagnes, and titillated by the by-the-glass program bolstered by a Coravin tool. These handy gadgets are increasingly popular, allowing drinkers an ever-changing selection of rarities and “fancy” wines.  The list is long with names that thrill wine lovers – Joh. Jos. Prüm, Vinoptima, Hugel, Benjamin Leroux, Massolino. However, it’s a delight to see emerging and younger generation winemakers, too. There’s also has a neat selection of sake, very good sherry, high-end eau de vie and an -impressively lengthy dessert wine list. Overall, it’s a well-rounded list with some clever selections. Mike bennie

Rubicon

6a Barker St, Griffith 
(02) 6295 9919


rubiconrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE European
WINE LIST Owen Kenyon
WINEs ON LIST 620 (45 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($35-$12 by the glass)

A thoughtful increase in the number of wines and the use of Coravin pouring system has put this list in the upper echelon. Wines by the glass (in 90ml, 120ml and 150ml serves) come from home and abroad and at a range of price points. The Canberra region is given superstar status, yet so is Australia and the rest of the world. There are classics, everyday wines, and cutting-edge gems in a list that has something to satisfy everyone.

Finalists

Italian And Sons

7 Lonsdale St, Braddon
(02) 6162 4888


italianandsons.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Pasquale Trimboli
WINEs ON LIST 150 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($18-$11 by the glass)

This is an impressive Italian list, showcasing the wines of the country and complementing the restaurant’s cuisine. There is a smattering of wines from elsewhere as well as a focus on Canberra finest winery, Clonakilla. The list by the glass (150ml) also offers caraffe (500ml). It is a thoughtfully curated Italian listing.

Benchmark Wine Bar

65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra
(02) 6262 6522


benchmarkwinebar.com.au

CUISINE European
WINE LISTTasso Rovolis
WINEs ON LIST 500 (100 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($35-$12 by the glass)

The list at Benchmark remains vast by any standards. The incredible list of wines by the glass offers an amazing range of Australian and international wines. Its breadth gives customers the opportunity to become familiar with heaps of new varieties and styles. The range also gives the chance to lash out or look for a decent budget-priced wine.

Glass-Rated

Aubergine

18 Barker St, Griffith
(02) 6260 8666


aubergine.com.au

CUISINE Modern European
WINE LIST Cyril Thevenet
wines ON LIST 520 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($26-$11 by the glass)

An exemplary international list with excellent coverage wines from Canberra, a focus on sustainable winemaking, and a balance of classics and emerging producers. There’s an incredible tribute to Clonakilla Shiraz Viogner as well as breadth and depth around the globe.

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar

18 National Cct, Canberra
(02) 6163 1818


buvette.com.au

CUISINE French Bistro
WINE LIST Tristan Tomlinson
WINE ON LIST 165 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($23-$10 by the glass)

This is a classy list of Australasian wines with a smattering internationals. The wines of the Canberra District receive due attention in a collection that balances established and emerging producers. Wines listed by the glass are also offered in half bottles: a nice touch.  A pleasing addition to the Canberra dining scene.

Mezzalira

Melbourne Building, Cnr London Circuit and West Row,
Canberra City

(02) 6230 0025


mezzalira.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Pasquale Trimboli & Manolo Cattaneo
WINEs ON LIST 200 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($18-$12 by the glass)

This is an Italian list that places Australian wines alongside their Italian counterparts so that the list is wide ranging and has depth in important areas: Australian chardonnay and pinot, Italian nebbiolo and sangiovese. There’s also an admirable selection of wines by the glass.

Pod Food

12 Beltana Rd, Pialligo
(02) 6257 3388


podfood.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Brent Johnston
WINEs ON LIST 185 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($17-$13 by the glass)

The focus in Pod Food’s wine list is on varietal wines of the world. There is an amazing range of varietals from all parts of the world including Australia. There are brief sections on the wines of Mt Majura and Natural and Orange wines. Plenty here to fascinate.