NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards

NSW Wine is thrilled to host the NSW SOMMELIER’S WINE LIST AWARDS, since taking over from the Restaurant & Catering Association in 2019.

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 assessed 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 (<60 seats)
Sydney venue (>61 seats)
Sydney Hotel accommodation venue
Regional NSW venue (<60 seats)
Regional NSW venue (>61 seats)
Regional NSW Hotel accommodation venue
Caterer or Function venue (including cultural venues such as museums & libraries)
NSW Wine President’s Award for Outstanding Support of the NSW Wine Industry 

An overall winner will be chosen from these categories.

2023 Prizes!

Along with a stunning trophy some great prizes were 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 4 exclusive food and wine trips to some of NSW's best wine regions

+ 2 x Coravin Pivot wine preservation systems (one for you and one for your venue!)

+ Complimentary 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

+ 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 the Food Lover, the Orange wine region, the Mudgee wine region, the Hunter Valley wine region and the Canberra District wine region.


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Entries for the 2024 Awards will open in early 2024 - watch this space!

Submit Your Award Entry Here


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