NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards
Become a NSW Wine Star!
NSW Wine is thrilled to host the NSW SOMMELIER’S WINE LIST AWARDS.
These awards are dedicated to supporting and rewarding restaurants, wine bars, pubs, clubs and hotels in Sydney and regional NSW that are true #NSWWineStars - offering their customers a great wine experience and a range of delicious local wines that showcase the quality and diversity of wines being produced in our state.
We are excited to be involved in a project that enables us to engage with our state’s most driven and forward-thinking restaurants and also support the smaller venues that have always displayed a passion for the home-grown wines of NSW.
Venues that enter the awards will be judged by the NSWWIA and 3 experienced, independent judges:
Mark Baulderstone, MD Riedel Spiegelau Nachtmann Australia - Mark’s work with some of the world’s finest wine glasses and a diverse range of restaurants gives him great insight into the ideal wine experience.
Dane Richards, GM and Head of Reviewing Australia for Gault&Millau - Dane has judged food and wine at all levels for a diversity of organisations, with his honest and objective assessments valued by both competitors and panels alike.
Lyndey Milan, OAM - Lyndey is an award-winning, multi-media presenter. She has spent the last 30+ years traveling around the world of food and wine, and most extensively through regional NSW, providing an unrivalled knowledge of the produce from our state.
The judges assess the wine lists using criteria including wine list content, presentation, educational content, selection, food and wine matching, service and NSW wine representation.
Sommeliers and Bar/Beverage Managers will be in the running to win the title of ‘NSW Sommelier’s Wine List of the Year’ in one of eight different categories:
Sydney venue (<40 seats)
Sydney venue (>40 seats)
Sydney Hotel accommodation venue
Regional NSW venue (<40 seats)
Regional NSW venue (>40 seats)
Regional NSW Hotel accommodation venue
NSW Club venue (a new category for 2022!)
NSW Wine President’s Award for Outstanding Support of the NSW Wine Industry
An overall winner will be chosen from these categories.
Along with a stunning trophy some great prizes are also up for grabs, including:
+ All finalists receive the title of #nswwinestar, a certificate and promotional material to help share the good news
+ 1 of 5 exclusive food and wine trips to NSW's best wine regions
+ Free entry into Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards
+ Admittance into the Chaine Des Rotisseurs Young Sommeliers Competition, where you will have a chance to compete for the right to represent Australia
+ Invaluable advice on the restaurant reviewing process from Gault & Millau
+ 2 x Coravin Pivot wine preservation systems
+ A drinks glass consultation plus a $2000 premium glass fit out from Riedel
A big thank you to our amazing Prize Partners - Riedel, Coravin, Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards, News for Food Lovers, the Orange wine region, the Mudgee wine region, the Hunter Valley wine region, the Canberra District wine region and the Southern Highlands wine region.
Click below for a hand-out flyer: