Settlers Tavern; Australia's Wine List of the Year

Settlers Tavern triumphs at Australia’s Wine List of the Year 2019

July 26, 2019
By Alana House

Congratulations to Settlers Tavern on winning two awards at Australia’s Wine List of the Year 2019.

The Margaret River favourite took out Best Wine List WA and Best Listing Of WA Wines.

Launched in 1993 by Rob and Judy Hirst and Tucker Seabrook, Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards were created to recognise and reward the hard work and talent of sommeliers as well as the enormous investment in time and resources by business owners to develop quality wine lists and cellars.

Chairman of Judges Peter Forrestal noted: “There’s invariably a sommelier or a small group of dedicated wine lovers who have transformed the fortunes of pub restaurants like Perth’s Mayfair Lane, Margaret River’s Settlers Tavern, Sydney’s Upstairs at the Lord Nelson and the Adelaide Hill’s Crafers Hotel.

“People are enticed to these venues by quality food and exceptional wine lists. Sommeliers, driven by an often unreasonable passion for wine which they are determined to share, know what their consumers want and make it available. As a result, the venues thrive.”

The judging panel for the awards is a 34-strong group of highly respected local and international judges, including Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, wine judges, educators, commentators and previous award winners.

Settlers Tavern; Australia's Wine LIst of the Year

Regarding the Settlers Tavern awards, Forrestal said: “While this Margaret River destination has an impressive international collection, the focus is on Western Australia and, in particular, the local region. It is extensive with plenty of back vintages and impossible to get bottles, such as Leeuwin Estate ‘Art Series’ Chardonnay by the glass every day of the year. It balances well-known labels with likely newcomers and tiny labels. The prices are modest. And the venue is noisy and exhilarating.”

The win follows Settlers Tavern recently being declared the regional winner in the Australian Hotels Association WA Steak Sandwich competition. 

Drinks Trade a proud partner of the awards

“The Drinks Association is thrilled to support Australia’s Wine List of Year,” said CEO Georgia Lennon.

“As the Trade Communications Partner of the event, we look forward to featuring the winners in our magazine, Drinks Trade. Drinks Trade is the go-to publication for Australia’s on and off-trade and keeping them informed is key to its success.

“These awards are a valuable acknowledgement of the amazing talent in our industry and I congratulate all the winners.”

Full winners list:

Australia's Wine List of the Year 2019 winners; Settlers Tavern

NATIONAL AWARD WINNER – 2019 Wine List of The Year – est, Sydney & Judy Hirst Award Bhatia Dheeraj


Best Wine List ACT – Mezzalira

Best Wine List NSW – est

Best Wine List NT – Stone House

Best Wine List QLD – Otto Brisbane

Best Wine List SA – The Barn Steakhouse Mount Gambier

Best Wine List TAS – Terrace Launceston

Best Wine List VIC – Cutler & Co

Best Wine List WA – Settlers Tavern Margaret River


Best City Restaurant Wine List – est, NSW

Best Country Restaurant Wine List – The Barn Steakhouse Mount Gambier, SA

Best Hotel Restaurant Wine List – Berts, NSW

Best Pub Restaurant Wine List – Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room, WA

Best Club Restaurant Wine List – The Newcastle Club, NSW

Best Wine Bar List – Dear Sainte Éloise, NSW

Best New List – The Tony Hitchin Award – Bistecca, NSW

Best Small List (Max 50 Wines) – Congress, VIC

Best Small List (Max 100 Wines) – Institut Polaire, TAS

Best Food & Wine Matching List – Momofuku Seiobo, NSW

Best List Of Wine By The Glass – Bentley, NSW

Best Beer List – The Avoca, VIC Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks List – Attica, VIC

Best Sparkling Wine List – Melbourne Supper Club, VIC

Best Champagne List – Quay, NSW

Best Aperitif List – Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro, NSW

Best Digestif List – Bentley, NSW

Best Listing Of A Region’s Wine – Stillwater Launceston, TAS

Best Listing Of Australian Wines – Cafe Sydney, NSW

Best Listing Of ACT Wines – The Boat House, ACT

Best Listing Of NSW Wines – The Newcastle Club, NSW

Best Listing Of QLD Wines – Cru Bar + Cellar, QLD

Best Listing Of SA Wines – Republic Norwood, SA

Best Listing Of TAS Wines – Terrace Launceston, TAS

Best Listing Of VIC Wines – Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, VIC

Best Listing Of WA Wines – Settlers Tavern Margaret River, WA

Gourmet Traveller Wine Readers’ Choice – Muse, ACT

Sommeliers Choice Award – Sixpenny, NSW

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