Tasmania Winner



2 Bridge Rd, Launceston 
(03) 6331 4153


CUISINE Modern Australian
WINEs ON LIST 165 (12 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($10-$30 by the glass)

The intention of Stillwater’s neatly pitched list is crystal clear with restaurant owner/sommelier James Welsh proudly proclaiming support for local, talented winemakers who produce “exceptional booze”. That means a who’s who of Tasmania’s finest feature.

Not surprisingly key varieties and styles lead by example. It’s why Arras, Clover Hill, Jansz, Glaetzer-Dixon, Stefano Lubiana, Stargazer, Sinapius, Bay of Fires, Holyman, Chatto, Delamere, Freycinet Vineyard, Sailor Seeks Horse, Home Hill and more grace its pages.

While it’s a compact selection of around 165 bottles, there’s an impression much more is being offered. Added depth comes from a clutch of Yarra Valley and Margaret River chardonnay, pinot noir from Victoria and New Zealand, offset by the right amount of Burgundy, plus German and Clare Valley riesling alongside some choice Champagne. There’s also added interest with wines from their appropriate regions, such as McLaren Vale grenache, Barossa Valley shiraz or Chianti Classico.

Perhaps most importantly, there’s a synergy between the wines and Stillwater’s fabulous, contemporary menu. JANE FAULKNER


Black Cow

70 George St, Launceston
(03) 6331 9333


CUISINE Steakhouse
WINEs ON LIST 100 (10 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($12.50-$30 by the glass)

So much joy to be found in these pages.  A beautifully formed list, with
one hundred great wines from Tasmania and beyond.  Well-presented and easy to read, showcasing great wines, varied in style, from top producers. And refreshingly, the international selection, mainly French and Italian, is well-priced allowing for carefree experimentation.  Of course, there are also some prestige wines, on which to blow the budget, if the occasion arises.

Me Wah, Launceston

39-41 Invermay Rd, Launceston
(03) 6331 1308


CUISINE Cantonese
WINE LISTStephen Tso
WINEs ON LIST 210 (11 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($9-$14 by the glass)

An astute collection of local Tasmanian wines from top producers plus a few considered international inclusions.  Richer reds are sourced from the mainland including a mini-vertical of Penfolds Grange at fair prices.  Nice to see a few wines with age.  There are also a few listings of prestige Burgundy, Bordeaux, Sauternes and high-end Moutai. Very nicely balanced and well-crafted with plenty of interesting wines to satisfy all budgets.

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS: James Welsh (also somm at Stillwater)continues to have Black Cow Bistro humming perfectly in tune with its menu and its clientele. Me Wah also features many top local wines and a selection from Australia and abroad.


Me Wah Hobart

16 Magnet Crt, Sandy Bay
(03) 6223 3688


CUISINE Cantonese
WINE LIST Damien Byrne
WINEs ON LIST 550 (28 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($13-$48 by the glass)

At Sandy Bay's Me Wah you'll fine quality Chinese cuisine matched with superb wines in an elegant setting. Tasmanian wines shine bright, particularly fine local pinot noir and sparkling wine, plus there is a substantial selection of high-quality wines from the mainland. The list has a strong international flavour, with a glittering collection of Burgundy including a prestigious set from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Choose from one of three signature wine matches or tap into the knowledge of sommelier Damien Byrne to help find the perfect drop.

The Source At MONA

655 Main Rd, Berriedale
(03) 6277 9904


CUISINE Modern Tasmanian
WINE LIST Pip Anderson
WINEs ON LIST 1,172 (21 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($12-$29 by the glass)

Overwhelming would be an understatement. Magnificent? Also an understatement. Over 1,000 glorious wines, beer and spirits spanning the globe. Tasmania is given deserving recognition, with multiple vintages of the best wines, as are the great wines of Australia. The international selection is world-class, filled with prestigious names from all major wine producing regions. But there are also plenty of cutting edge wines, as one would expect. Although prices can climb dazzlingly high for the rarest wines, there is an extraordinary number of excellent, affordable wines making good wine accessible to all.