Wine List of the Year Awards: best wine lists in Australia have been revealed for 2016

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, which are held each year in partnership with Gourmet Traveller WINE, have today been announced, a result of the heady task that is sorting through the country’s top restaurants to arrive at the very best being offered in 2016. Each year, the list of awards serves as an well respected guide to the best collections of wines sorted into categories, from the esteemed “Wine List of the Year” award, which was last year won by Bentley Restaurant & Bar (Sydney) and “Best New List” to “Best Food and Wine Matching List” and even “Best Beer List”.

Not counting the state-by-state awards, NSW has emerged as the majority winner of the recent ceremony held at Glass Brasserie, holding the top spot in 9 categories including “Best Pub Restaurant List” (Upstairs at The Lord Nelson, Sydney), “Best Hotel Restaurant List” (Jonah’s, Palm Beach), “Best Wine Bar List” (Love Tilly Devine, Sydney, and “The Tony Hitchin Award for Best New List” (Silvereye, Sydney). Though the biggest winner of the night was South Australia’s feverishly popular FermentAsian (Tanunda) which took out the big one as well as “Best Country Restaurant List”, adding to its already huge stack of acclaim.

See below for the full list of winners and start planning those wish lists!

Wine List of the Year Judy Hirst Award
FermentAsian, SA

Best City List
est., NSW

Best Club Restaurant List
Queens Club, NSW

Best Country Restaurant List
FermentAsian, SA

Best Hotel Restaurant List
Jonah’s, NSW

Best Pub Restaurant List
Upstairs at the Lord Nelson, NSW

Best Wine Bar List
Love Tilly Devine, NSW

The Tony Hitchen Award (Best New List)
Silvereye, NSW

Best Small Wine List (50 Wines)
Merricote, VIC

Best Small Wine List (100 Wines)
Spice Temple Melbourne, VIC

Best Listing of Region’s Wines
Healesville Hotel, VIC

Best Food & Wine Matching List
Provenance, VIC

Best List of Wines by the Glass
Quay, NSW

Best Beer List
The source at MONA, TAS

Best Aperitif List
Apothecary 1878, SA

Best Digestif List
Sepia, NSW

Best Listing of Australian Wines
Altitude, NSW

Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers’ Choice Award
Restaurant Hubert, NSW*

Best Wine List ACT
Rubicon, ACT

Best Wine List NSW
Jonah’s, NSW

Best Wine List QLD
Stokehouse, QLD

Best Wine List SA
FermentAsian, SA

Best Wine List TAS
Stillwater, TAS

Best Wine List VIC
The Botanical, VIC

Best Wine List WA
Lalla Rookh, WA

For a full list of winners plus Hall of Fame entries click HERE

*updated to reflect accuracy.

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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

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