Best List of Australian Wines


Cafe Sydney

5th Floor, 31 Alfred St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 8928 0329

CUISINEModern Australian
WINE LIST Simon Curkovic
WINEs ON LIST 249 (46 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($16-$33 by the glass)

Its strategic location on Circular Quay gives Cafe Sydney some of the Harbour’s most splendid views. The meticulously curated wine list also presents a comprehensive and in-depth vision of the Australian wine scene.

With almost 50 wines by the glass, patrons can sample a wide range of varieties from classic wineries (Clonakilla, Freycinet, Tyrrell’s) and emerging heroes (Clyde Park, Hughes & Hughes, and Stargazer); tiny producers (Eloquesta, Domaine Simha) and multi-nationals (Jacob’s Creek, Salomon Estate).

More importantly, it’s the quality of the choices that experienced sommelier, Simon Curkovic, makes which set the list at Cafe Sydney apart. A focus on Tasmania is detailed and thought-provoking with some unexpected introductions and surprises galore.

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Nomad Sydney

16 Foster Street Surry Hills, NSW
(02) 9280 3395

CUISINE  Mediterranean with Middle Eastern Influence
WINE LIST Ged Bellis
WINEs ON LIST 227 (64 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($13-$44 by the glass)

Slight changes to Nomad’s offering have been for the better: still with 60 Aussie wines by the glass (& carafe) and with more offerings than before – the cutting edge remains. The focus is firmly on sustainability and new wave producers while offering plenty of established favourites from home and abroad. The sections, Growers Champagnes, and White and Red Wines from Around the World offer bottles from overseas to complement the strong local list.

Aria, Sydney

1 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW
(02) 9240 2255

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Alex Kirkwood
WINEs ON LIST1,600 (106 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($17-$200 by the glass)

Remarkably, more than 15 years after it won Australia’s Wine List of the Year in 2003, Aria remains one of the greatest lists in the country. In touch with the latest trends and emerging superstars while displaying the country’s finest, Aria has bubbly to satisfy the fussiest, multiple vintages of some of the world’s best, and plenty to surprise and delight.