Australian restaurants are second only to the US when it comes to great wine lists, according to the UK-based magazine The World of Fine Wine and their annual “World’s Best Wine Lists” awards.
A panel of top wine critics and masters of wine reviewed more than 4000 wine lists from around the world, giving 249 Australia restaurants, including 68 in Sydney and 29 in Melbourne, a one, two or three-star ranking. Just 896 restaurant globally were awarded stars, with the US topping the rankings with 312 restaurants.
A one-star rating is a “good wine list”, two stars is a “very good wine list” and three, a “great wine list” based on its breadth, depth, interest, quality, value, organisation and accuracy.
Melbourne’s Vue de Monde atop the Rialto Tower is among those given three stars
Head Sommelier Matthew Lamb said it was a huge honour to receive such recognition from global wine authorities.
“We put a huge amount of work and effort into the wine list and program, and such acknowledgement makes those 2am nights of adding wines to the list all the more worthwhile,” he said.
New York’s Eleven Madison Park was given the accolade of the world’s best wine list, taking over from 2014 winner Palais Coburg Residenz in Austria.
All up, 40 of the 300 restaurants were given three stars came from Australia. They’re listed below and if you want the full list of winners, it’s here.
The Australian-based 3 stars in 2015 are:
ARIA Restaurant, Sydney
Bistro Guillaume, Perth
Bistro Moncur, Sydney
Black By Ezard, Sydney
Cape Lodge Restaurant,
Circa The Prince, Melbourne
FermentAsian, Barossa Valley
Flower Drum, Melbourne
Glass Brasserie Hilton, Sydney
Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel, Sydney
La Petanque Restaurant
Love Tilly Devine, Sydney
Marque Restaurant, Sydney
Moon Under Water, Melbourne
No.8 By John Lawson
Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney
Roberts Circa 1876 Restaurant, Hunter Valley
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney
Rockpool Bar and Grill, Perth
Royal Mail Hotel Restaurant, Dunkeld
Spice Temple, Sydney
Ten Minutes By Tractor, Mornington Peninsula
The Louise Appellation, Barossa Valley
The Point Albert Park
The Press Club Room, Melbourne
The Studio Bistro
The Trustee Bar & Bistro
Vue de Monde, Melbourne
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