Top wine lists Down Under 2011
2 Aug 2011 by Julia Harding MW

Australia's Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine have just announced the results of their wine list awards 2011, which will be published in their Aug/Sep issue. The awards were presented on Sunday night at Doltone House, Sydney. Congratulations to Pilu at Freshwater and their sommelier Lara Caraturo.

Lara is clearly a world away from the French sommelier shamed but not named in this recent thread on our Members' forum. Look out for Jancis's article tomorrow on sommeliers good and bad; and for the many articles on wine lists on this site, click on the tag at the end of this page.


OVERALL - NATIONAL WINNER OF THE 2011 AUSTRALIA'S WINE LIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Australia's Wine List of the Year - Pilu at Freshwater, NSW
Sommelier Responsible for Winning List, The Judy Hirst Award - Lara Caraturo, Pilu at Freshwater, NSW


CATEGORY WINNERS

Best Restaurant, Pilu at Freshwater, NSW
Best Food & Wine Matching, Jacques Reymond, Victoria
Best By the Glass List, Glass Brasserie, NSW
Best New List, The Tony Hitchin Award, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Perth, WA
Best International Hotel Restaurant, Galileo, NSW
Best Wine Bar, Melbourne Supper Club, Victoria
Best Digestif List, Acqua E Vino, Victoria
Best Country Restaurant, Royal Mail Hotel, Victoria
Best Café / Brasserie, European, Victoria
Best Beer List, Healesville Hotel, Victoria
Best Small List, Blancharu, NSW
Best Aperitif List, Rockpool Bar & Grill, NSW
Best Pub Restaurant, Settlers Tavern, WA
Best Regional List, Ortiga, Queensland
Best Club Restaurant, The Brisbane Club, Queensland


STATE / TERRITORY WINNERS

ACT, Rubicon, Griffith
SA, Apothecary 1878, Adelaide
Tasmania, Me Wah, Sandy Bay
Queensland, Aria, Brisbane
NSW, Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney
Victoria, Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
WA, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Perth


GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE READERS' CHOICE AWARD

Aria - Sydney, NSW


HALL OF FAME (Past Winners of Wine List of the Year)

Rockpool Bar & Grill - Melbourne (2010)
Rockpool Bar & Grill - Sydney (2009)
Taxi Dining Room - Melbourne (2008)
Aria - Sydney (2003)
Circa, The Prince - Melbourne (2001)
Syracuse - Melbourne (1999)
Walter's Wine Bar - Melbourne (1996)


HALL OF FAME (Three Time Winners)

Best Club Restaurant List - Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Sydney, NSW