Queensland Winner

Stokehouse Q

Great food, superb service and a terrific wine list – plus a brilliant riverside location just a short walk from the CBD – make this one of Brisbane’s favourites. Kick off with a top-notch sherry or a selection from the eclectic and extensive by-the-glass list or, better yet, look to the wines served via Coravin – names like J.J. Prüm, Didier Dagueneau, Raveneau, Sassicaia, Giaconda, Bindi and so much more. You could even order a glass (150ml) of the 2002 Henschke Hill of Grace ($320) or DRC’s 2009 Romanee-St-Vivant ($275). Half glasses are also available. An excellent array of sparklings includes thrilling Champagnes. Riesling focuses on leading regions. Whites from Italian and Rhône varieties, both local and from offshore, impress, until one looks at the chardonnays. Pinotphiles will be in heaven with an extensive selection of the finest, locally and from Burgundy. Serious cabernet includes top Bordeaux; more left-field offerings include tannat and carignan. Bargains are easy to spot, such as a Fraser Gallop (Margaret River) cabernet merlot for $45 (a bottle). There are halves and magnums, and plenty of superb fortifieds. It isn’t hard to see why it’s a favourite of the locals as well as the judges. Ken Gargett

Stokehouse Q

Sidon St, South Bank, Brisbane 
(07) 3020 0600


CUISINE Contemporary
Wine list Ben McNair
Wines on list 620 (28 by the glass)
Wine prices $$$ ($23-$11 by the glass)

Exceptional list. One could debate the highlights - Champagne, riesling, chardonnay or the pinot-based wines are exceptional. The proverbial surfeit of riches. Coravin allows some brilliant glass selections - Domaine de la 2009 Romanée Conti Romanée-Saint-Vivant, 2002 Hill of Grace and 2012 Sassicaia for example. The list also has some great buys hidden away – 2012 Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes–Chambertin for $425 is just one example. Great stuff.


Nu Nu

1 Veivers Rd, Palm Cove
(07) 4059 1880


CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Miles Browne
WINEs ON LIST 488 (32 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$9 by the glass)

Who doesn’t love a sommelier who puts just as much effort into ensuring an exciting collection of rosé and riesling as they do chardonnay and shiraz? You just know that the entire list will be thoughtful and full of wonderful gems. It is. The by-the-glass selections are equally impressive. A very fine list from all corners.

Blackbird Bar & Grill

Tenancy 4, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane
(07) 3229 1200


CUISINE Australian Heritage BBQ
WINE LISTPenny Grant
WINEs ON LIST 400 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($39-$9 by the glass)

A list combining traditional classics with emerging stars and one that thoroughly deserves the elevation to a three-glass-rating. There’s an impressive selection from the Granite Belt, full of wines that deserve their place on quality alone. There’s also a good collection of Kiwi pinot noirs and a truly exceptional array of spirits.


Aria Brisbane

1 Eagle St, Brisbane
(07) 3233 2555


CUISINE Modern Classic
WINE LISTIan Trinkle
WINEs ON LIST 880 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($380-$13 by the glass)

A thoroughly comprehensive list, fully deserving of the endless accolades. The by-the-glass section alone would make for a great visit – where else can you drink ‘90 Grange by the glass? Applaud the use of Coravin, don’t miss the selection of Equipo Navazos sherries and support the extensive collection of Granite Belt wines.

Bacchus South Bank

9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane
(07) 3364 0837


CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Andrew Giblin
WINEs ON LIST 600 (36 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($105-$11 by the glass)

Grab a glass and take a trip around the world. It’s a wonderful list with the top regions all appearing. The listing of wines by the glass is nicely balanced and well priced and this continues throughout the entire list. Toss in some featured producers, such Raveneau, J.J. Prüm, Rousseau and Shaw & Smith.

Balfour Kitchen

37 Balfour St, New Farm
(07) 3358 8888


CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST 43 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($25-$10 by the glass)

A collection of wines that will take the diner from Queensland’s Granite Belt to New Zealand with an occasional Italian to boot. There’s plenty to enjoy by the glass and some terrific value for those who fossick among the gems – 2013 John Duval Plexus for $80. There are many cheaper options as well.


11/15 James St, Fortitude Valley
(07) 3252 7848


WINE LIST Tanja Malone
wines ON LIST 76 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES$$ ($25-$10 by the glass)

A strong Italian focus is the strength of this small but carefully constructed list. It is well supported with an extensive list of spirits, cocktails and wines by the glass. Concludes with some appealing Italian dessert styles.


Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Aves, Southport
(07) 5532 1155


CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Socky Soares
WINEs ON LIST 79 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($11-$9 by the glass)

A vegetarian’s nightmare, this popular steakhouse has a red-dominant list which should appeal to both their members and guests. The focus is on well-known local names and traditional varieties. This is a list that values its historical origins.

Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill

Shop 5 Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane
(07) 3221 9944


WINE LIST Chris Higgins
WINEs ON LIST 358 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($120-$12 by the glass)

An old-fashioned, red wine lovers list, full of well-known and classic names. This establishment is a vegan’s nightmare and the list is designed to match that. Australia strongly features, with some Kiwi support. There are older gems to be found and plenty of magnums for larger parties.

Chill On Tedder

Shop 10, 26 Tedder Ave, Main Beach
(07) 5528 0388


CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Dawn Atkinson
WINEs ON LIST 86 (16 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($24-$9 by the glass)

A popular array of sauvignon blanc suggests the sommelier knows his clientele well. The value in this tight list is to be found in the by-the-glass section, while there are more extensive options in the main list. There’s also a little more attention to sparkling reds than most and a good range of spirits and cocktails.

Cicchetti Gold Coast

Shop 2G01, 15 Capri on via Rome, Isle of Capri, Gold Coast
(07) 5526 8868


CUISINE Modern Italian
WINE LIST Luca Giacomin
WINEs ON LIST 143 (26 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($16-$10 by the glass)

A fine list with an emphasis on Italian wines to match the cuisine. Toss in a few older gems – 1989 Krug, 1997 Giaconda Chardonnay and others – for some great depth. There are plenty of thoughtful spirit and beer choices. Perhaps the highlight is the consideration that has gone into the by-the-glass section.

Cru Bar + Cellar

1/22 James St, Fortitude Valley
(07) 3252 1744


CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LISTChris Walker
WINEs ON LIST 1041 (122 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($250-$9 by the glass)

This is an all-encompassing, truly world class wine list. And a list of fabulous value – how often do you see a wine like 2004 Dom Pérignon
for $280? The selection by the glass, thanks to the use of Coravin, is truly astounding – take your pick of the latest Sass, Dageuneaux Silex, 1990 Penfold’s Bin 920, 1982 Moulin Touchais and so much more.

Customs House

399 Queen St, Brisbane
(07) 3365 8999


CUISINE  Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Geoerge Musat
WINEs ON LIST 196 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($24-$9 by the glass)

For a CBD restaurant, this list offers some incredible value. Two top examples include 2002 Perrier-Jouët Belle EÉpoque Rosé for $250 and 2010 Cullen Diana Madeline for $120 – and there are many at lower levels. There’s a strong representation of top local producers. It is highly recommended.

Delizioso At The Strand

Level 1, Strand Shopping Centre, 72-80 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
(07) 5536 9855


WINE LIST Nick Dempster
WINEs ON LIST 273 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($29-$8 by the glass)

A list of a number of parts. Plenty of intriguing Italian selections to match the cuisine; numerous popular favourites which will appeal – Marlborough sauvignon blanc for example; and finally a good collection
of quality wines, especially from Australia. There’s definitely something for everyone and some excellent value as well.

Embassy Xo

Cnr Duke and Bryan Sts, Sunshine Beach
(07) 5455 4460


CUISINE Modern Asian
WINE LIST James Alcock
WINEs ON LIST 100 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($29-$11 by the glass)

Don’t let the innovative’ arrangement of this very likeable list, where grape is the focus (no matter how curious it might seem ordering a cognac by ‘ugni blanc’), put you off. There is so much to like. There’s a real focus on emerging stars of the future and impressive pricing.


Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove
(07) 5530 1234


CUISINE Wood-fired contemporary cuisine
WINE LIST David Stevens-Castro
WINEs ON LIST 278 (37 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($28-$7 by the glass)

As befits the cuisine, the heroes of this list are the reds, but there is plenty more and every effort has been made to cater to all tastes. The cellar list ensures there are plenty of attractive aged wines available and the pricing is appealing.

Fish House

50 Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads
(07) 5535 7725


WINE LIST Beth Clarke & Alexandra McPherson
WINEs ON LIST 300 (25 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($30-$9 by the glass)

A list carefully and cleverly constructed to the best advantage for an increasingly popular seafood restaurant. The whites are especially enticing. Really thoughtful collection of riesling, plenty of more mature wines and a good array of half bottles. Lots to love.

Foraging Quail

148b Merthyr Rd, New Farm
(07) 3358 6414


CUISINE Modern Australian
WINEs ON LIST 119 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($16-$9 by the glass)

A list that places as much emphasis on emerging and exciting wines and producers as it does on the big names. It also focuses as much on offshore stars as it does local ones. For those who wish to leave it all to the sommelier, there’s wine and food combinations on offer.

Gemelli Italian

2/2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
(07) 43941 0224


WINE LIST Paul Carney
WINEs ON LIST 77 (29 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($16-$8 by the glass)

An Italian menu nicely paired with a largely Italian wine list, well backed-up with a supporting cast of local favourites. There is a short reserve list but the place to be is among the reds where there are numerous appealing locals, many of which are very well priced.

Gerards Bistro

14/15 James St, Fortitude Valley
(07) 3852 3822


CUISINE Modern Middle Eastern
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST 136 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($35-$10 by the glass)

The list chosen to match some of Brisbane’s most exciting dining, Middle Eastern themed, is equally thrilling and challenging, but there is something for everything. Venture into the skin contact wines, try emerging stars or stay with the modern classics. There’s a very impressive array of spirits as well.


2235 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
(07) 5572 8009


WINE LIST Beth Clarke & Theodoros Kampolis
WINEs ON LIST 124 (18 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $ ($14-$8 by the glass)

The feature of this list is the extensive collection of Greek wines (from indigenous Greek varieties), which will provide adventure for newcomers and more experienced wine lovers alike. Plenty of fine local offerings as well. A further feature is the great value all across the range.


617 Grandchester Mount Mort Rd, Grandchester
1300 179 340


CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST 72 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($22-$8 by the glass)

Fantastic value to be found throughout this entire list. Care has been taken to ensure a thorough mix of traditional classic wines, producers and regions with exciting newcomers from emerging districts. Australia and New Zealand lead the way but there are plenty of other fine options.

Il Centro

Shop 6, 1 Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane
(07) 3221 6090


CUISINE Modern Italian
WINE LIST Shawn Gomes
WINEs ON LIST440 (44 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($58-$10 by the glass)

Long one of Brisbane’s most popular Italian eateries, ideally situated on the river, the list at Il Centro focuses strongly on top Italian wines to complement the cuisine, though there are a great many other options as well. For those who are happy to explore the list, some seriously good value - $250 for a 2006 Conterno Romirasco? Good luck doing better than that.

Jam Corner

1 Palmer St, Townsville
(07) 4721 4900


CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Matt Merrin & Kieran Halley
WINEs ON LIST 112 (15 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($19-$8 by the glass)

A list designed to reflect regional specialities, which it does well. The by-the-glass list provides some excellent value with the focus on Aussie wines. There are plenty of well-known quality producers to select from and some superb value to boot.


Riverside Boardwalk, Eagle St, Brisbane
(07) 3220 2202


WINE LIST Chris Higgins
wines ON LIST 311 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($29-$11 by the glass)

Jellyfish offers a list that fully complements its seafood focus, with top rieslings, chardonnays, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and more. It also offers a terrific array of reds, especially shiraz. This may seem curious given the cuisine but this is a CBD favourite and plenty of businessmen look for a good red. Australia and New Zealand command the lion’s share.

Long Apron

38-68 Balmoral Rd, Montville
1300 252 380


CUISINE European
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST 82 (24 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$13 by the glass)

A list structured to reflect weight and textural considerations of the wine for customers to make selections in accordance with the cuisine. The textural aromatic whites are especially intriguing. The selections for the by-the-glass section include some exciting emerging stars.


Fish Ln, South Brisbane
(07) 4024 18989


CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Edward Quatermass
WINEs ON LIST 37 (13 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($18-$14 by the glass)

This is an exciting new establishment with a small but tight and intriguing list. Small it might be, but the wines chosen are quality and full of interest with traditional names eschewed for emerging and exciting left-field choices. Wine lovers will have a ball here. Their collection of spirits is even more impressive.

Mr & Mrs G Riverbar

Shop 6A, 1 Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane
(07) 3221 7001


WINE LIST Shawn Gomes
WINEs ON LIST 66 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($44-$10 by the glass)

A much loved and ideally situated wine bar, nestled against the Brisbane River, they serve a mix of tapas and burger style dishes with plenty of wines to match both. An excellent and extensive by-the-glass selection and the main list consists of wines from far and wide. As one would expect from a bar there’s an impressive array of beers and spirits, with gins and malts the highlight.

Noosa Waterfront

142 Gympie Tce, Noosaville
(07) 5474 4444


WINE LIST Paolo Sandri
WINEs ON LIST 237 (30 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($24-$9 by the glass)

A nice slice of Italy on the Noosa River, this new entity would be exciting local lovers of Italian wine. The list of wines by the glass sets the tone – an appealing mix of Aussie and Italian wines from wide and far, with an occasional Kiwi representative. This continues throughout the list, with a nice collection of grower Champagnes. From big names to emerging stars, it is all here.


43 Shields St, Cairns
(07) 4051 0100


CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Craig Squire
WINEs ON LIST 84 (38 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($14-$8 by the glass)

A list that proudly flaunts its status as 100 per cent Australian. It delves into all the traditional and the emerging regions to source fine examples of what this country can offer. They also offer a number of very fine Queensland wines and there is plenty of excellent value to be found.


Wilkinsons Rd, Maryvale
1300 253 103


CUISINE Contemporary Australian
WINE LIST Peter Marchant
WINEs ON LIST 89 (19 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($20-$12 by the glass)

The taut list at Peak focuses on Australian wines and does not neglect local efforts from the Granite Belt. There’s an occasional older gem to be unearthed, such as 2004 Grange or 1991 Mount Edelstone. A list compiled to minimise the risk and to ensure quality choices across the board.

Peng You

76 Skyring Tce, Newstead
(07) 3257 7225


WINE LIST David Hung
WINEs ON LIST 53 (31 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($25-$9 by the glass)

A list that extends itself in surprising ways, with intriguing and delicious offerings brought in from all over the globe. It’s a small list but with numerous options. Even more appealing is the value to be found here.


81 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
(07) 5592 2250


CUISINE Degustation
WINE LIST Bernadette Carroll & Letizia Cockburn
WINEs ON LIST 158 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($16-$9 by the glass)

Go with the sommelier’s recommendations for the degustation menus or chose from the varied list. The local options are especially interesting. There is also the option of indulging in the specially chosen wine flights. There is also a small section devoted to biodynamic wines.

Sails Restaurant Noosa

75 Hastings St, Noosa Heads
(07) 5447 4235


CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Scott Estrich & Sam Troxell
WINEs ON LIST 620 (46 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($80-$9 by the glass)

The exceptional list is real draw card for this Noosa favourite. The by-the-glass wines are many and varied, and well priced. Coravin allows for some real beauties to be included. An extensive and exciting list with stellar collections of Hill of Grace, Grange, Salon, Krug, DRC and more.

Sake Eagle Street Pier

1/45 Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane
(07) 3015 0557


CUISINE Contemporary Japanese
WINE LIST Miriam Gibson
WINEs ON LIST 122 (29 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($20-$14 by the glass)

Japanese dining matched cleverly with an array of sake, shochu and Japanese craft beers as well as quality wines. The emphasis is on those matching the style of cuisine – aromatic whites, especially rieslings, while pinot noir features among the reds. This is a really good list that contributes to an all-encompassing experience.

Spirit House

20 Ninderry Rd, Yandina
(07) 5446 8994


WINE LIST Yann Audran
WINEs ON LIST 100 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($22-$9 by the glass)

A much loved Queensland icon with a modern and fresh list with many bottles to excite wine lovers and appeal to newcomers. The carefully constructed list of wines by the glass sets the tone. Local options star but there is plenty of interest from offshore as well.

Tamarind Cairns

35-41 Wharf St, Cairns
(07) 4030 8897


CUISINE Contemporary
WINE LIST Nicholas Smelik
WINEs ON LIST 132 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($23-$12 by the glass)

Many of the wines in this bright and breezy list are available both by the glass and bottle. There is a cellar reserve collection with plenty of Aussie classics, notably Penfolds. The list focuses on traditional Australian and Kiwi wines which are known and loved by all fans.


2 Quamby Pl, Noosa Heads
(07) 5449 2443


CUISINE Japanese
WINE LIST Laine Kerrison
WINEs ON LIST 105 (20 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($28-$16 by the glass)

This Japanese-themed restaurant can offer an appealing array of sake and umeshi (plum liqueur), and spirits, but there is much more. While a vertical of Cristal will excite many, there has been considerable attention paid to wines by the glass. The list focuses on offshore selections, more
than locals – the collection of international rieslings is a fine example.