Entries for Australia’s Wine List of the Year are open

April 7, 2022
By Ioni Doherty

It’s that time of the year again for the talented creators and owners of Australia’s leading wine and beverage lists to be recognised, for their knowledge, talent, and experience, by the independent domestic and international judging panel of Australia’s most prestigious such Awards program – Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards.

The awards exciting new partnership with QANTAS Magazine and Travel Insider presents an extraordinary opportunity for Australia’s best wine and beverage list creators – and the outstanding cellars behind them – to receive the recognition they so richly deserve for their continued pursuit of excellence, whilst at the same time deliver a guide for consumers that will uncover the best wine lists across the country.

Entries are now open, and sommeliers and business owners have until Monday, 16 May to submit their lists to the judges.


The 30-strong independent judging panel includes highly respected local and international Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, expert wine communicators, previous national Wine List Award winners and Sommeliers Australia representatives, assessing each year’s lists – large and small. Little wonder that Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards are now rightfully renowned as being the most prestigious award program for Sommeliers and Owners – be they Restaurateurs, Hoteliers, Pub, Club or Wine Bars Managers.


Lists are ranked from one to three glasses. The best of the best are then in contention for the highly prized State / Territory, Type of Trade, and Category Awards and, of course, Australia’s Wine List of the Year.

With the Category Awards, entrants can submit their lists in a diverse range of categories such as Best Listing of Wines by the Glass, Best Food and Wine Matching, Best New, Best Small, also by beverage specialities and lists showcasing the wines from specific States / Territories and/or regions. The full listing of categories is available here.

From their establishment in 1994 by Tucker Seabrook and Rob and his late wife Judy Hirst, the Awards have always been a platform to recognise, reward and celebrate the very best Australia has to offer in the way of Wine Lists – that critical ‘other half’ of the perfect dining experience, and the outstanding individuals behind them. This continues to be the focus of the Awards today. Over the years, the quality of Australia’s wine lists has grown in line with the quality of the exceptional cuisine offered across Australia’s restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, and wine bars.

Entries closer: Monday, 16 May

Awards Presentation: Monday, 26 September

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