Entries to the 2021 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards close next week

June 1, 2021
By Ioni Doherty

With some of the most exciting lists around the country already submitted, sommeliers and business owners have just ten days to submit their entries to the judges of the 2021 awards. 

Thanks to the partnership between the Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards and QANTAS magazine / Travel Insider, travellers will be able to learn about the awards, the participants and the winners in the QANTAS Magazine and its accompanying digital platform, Travel Insider.

This exciting new partnership represents an opportunity for the talented creators of Australia’s leading wine and beverage lists – and the outstanding cellars behind them – to receive an extraordinary boost to the recognition they so richly deserve for their continued pursuit of excellence.

Representing the new awards partner, Kirsten Galliott, Editor-in-Chief, QANTAS magazine and Travel Insider, said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards.

“I have been a long–time admirer of the awards and feel now is the perfect time to celebrate the achievements of our restaurant industry in what has been a challenging year. There is always opportunity in adversity and we want to showcase how Australia’s top sommeliers have continued to champion excellence and try new things. Qantas magazine readers are always on the lookout for incredible experiences and it is our role to keep them informed of the best around the country,” said Galliott. 

Since 1994 when the awards were established by Tucker Seabrook and Rob and his late wife Judy Hirst, the awards have always been s intended to act as 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. T

2021 New Awards

To recognise the impact the pandemic has had on the Australian hospitality and tourism industries, two new awards will be introduced in 2021. 

  • Australia’s Best Wine List – 200 Wines This award will sit alongside the existing Best Wine List – 50 Wines and Best Wine List – 100 Wines awards. This award caters for the change that has taken place in businesses due to COVID-19 and the trimmed-down nature of wine lists and cellars of the future. The awards will now recognise those venues listing less than 50, 100 and 200 wines.
  • Australia’s Wine List of the Year – Australia’s Choice Award This award is being introduced as an opportunity for Australia’s consumers to express their recognition and gratitude for their favourite sommeliers and venues. So many venues have been overwhelmed by the support they have continued to receive from their customers.

The key partners for the 2021 Awards are QANTAS magazine and Travel Insider and The Drinks Association, the pre-eminent supplier of information and services to the Australian liquor industry. 

Representing the Drinks Association – the continuing official Trade Communications Partner of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, Georgia Lennon, CEO, said “At the Drinks Association, we strive to inform, strengthen and connect the Australian drinks industry. There has never been a more important time to support our hospitality partners and the people who service them.

“We look forward to celebrating the achievements of sommeliers and venues throughout Australia again this year. Come September, we’ll be toasting the winners and sharing their stories in our Drinks Trade magazine and via our digital media platforms.”

2021 Key Dates

Entries Close                                      Friday, 11 June

Awards Presentation                     Monday, 27 September

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