Best Listing of Australian Wines

Café Sydney

Café Sydney

Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Sydney
(02) 9251 8683

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Simon Curkovic
WINEs ON LIST 234 (63 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($8-$24 by the glass)

It’s wonderful to peruse Café Sydney’s wine list and realise that it’s as proudly Australian as its iconic harbourside venue. Indeed, it’s a celebration of antipodean wine. Yes, the Kiwis get a jersey in their appropriate varietal categories, but the heart and soul of this list is Australian.

It’s a thoughtful selection showcasing traditional regions and varieties alongside the new-wave, edgy and exciting wines that speak of our future. Thus, Grosset rubs shoulders with Rieslingfreak, Rockford vies with Jamsheed and shiraz plays off against mencia.

The integrity of the Café Sydney wine list comes as no surprise when you discover the sommelier is Simon Curkovic with a stellar resume of Sydney’s top restaurants, think Catalina, Marque and Quay. Curkovic’s creative skills are clearly displayed in his by-the-glass selection with 40 table wines and 20 dessert and fortifieds, there’s something for every palate and pocket. PETER BOURNE



2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
(02) 4998 6777

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Jamie Dickinson
WINEs ON LIST 998 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($6-$20 by the glass)

Overlooking the Sydney Harbour, The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron has got to be house of the most extensive wine cellars of any yacht club in Australia.  With 998 wines available to try, and 28 by the glass, it is easy to see why you might like to take up sailing come summer.  With premium wines coming from all over the globe (including champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Australia, the United States and Spain), and verticals every which way you look, this is a breathtaking array of wines.

Aria Sydney

1 Macquarie St, Sydney
(02) 9240 2255

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Alex Kirkwood
WINEs ON LIST1400 (80 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($15-$230 by the glass)

New head sommelier, Alex Kirkwood, has made some big changes to the Aria listing. The biggest, most impressive, are categories devoted to Vintage Australian Wines and The Changing Face of Australian Wines. Good to see a top notch restaurant promoting local wines, check them out. By any standard, this is a great international wine listing, sympathetic to both the food and the wine drinker's new to explore and
discover. A real gem, new and improved.

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS: Muse offers a daring, edgy Australian list. Aria has remained at the top of its game for more than a decade.