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.

Award Categories

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, CoravinAustralia'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:

NSW Wine Industry Partners

Upcoming Events

2 August 2022

Pruning & Vine Health Workshop

When: Tuesday 2nd
August, 8.15am - 4.30pm

Where: Swinging Bridge
winery, Orange

Cost: $495 per person,
including GST - Morning tea and lunch provided

Register Here...

3 August 2022

Free On-Premise workshop

Register for the free On-premise workshop in the Hunter Valley, that will assist NSW wine businesses become stronger in the NSW On-Premise channel.


August, Sept, Oct 2022

NSW Wine Regional Trade Tasting

NSW Wine is hosting a series of regional tastings for the on-premise trade in Sydney. Part 2 will be starting soon, focusing on the exciting regions of Tumbarumba, Hilltops, Gundagai and the Riverina. For more info email:


October 2022

2022 NSW Wine Awards Judging

Entries into the 27th annual ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards are now open with judging taking place at ICC Sydney in October.


TBC 2022

NSW Wine Awards Presentation

Join the Governor of NSW at a lavish lunch and be amongst the first to hear which NSW wines and winemakers have been crowned the best of the best in 2022.


March 2023

NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards

The next NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards will open in early 2023. To find out more about these Awards and see who were the 2022 #nswwinestar click below.

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