World's Best Wines, According To Star Wine List Of The Year

By Dave Simpson
World's Best Wines, According To Star Wine List Of The Year

On 19 June, the Star Wine List of the Year will be held for the first time on its home soil in Sweden.


A jury consisting of sommeliers has now selected all the finalists from across the world, and the winners will be revealed at Hasselbacken in Stockholm.

Star Wine List of the Year is a celebration of the great wine lists in the world and the teams behind them. Over the past year, winners have been crowned in markets around the world including New York, Asia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, and Germany. The winners of the national competitions have qualified for the international finals, which this year will be held on 19 June 19th in Stockholm - and will be streamed online on Star Wine List's Facebook page.

"It's incredibly exciting to host the finals on home soil in Sweden and see our best wine lists compete with the international elite. We have finalists from southern Sweden, Shanghai, New York City, London, Johannesburg, and Macau. The diversity is huge," said Krister Bengtsson, founder and publisher of Star Wine List.

Founded in Sweden in 2017, Star Wine List is an online guide to wine restaurants and wine bars. It is live in 36 countries.


The jury's task has been to choose the most exciting wine list in each category. The jury consists of sommeliers Paz Levinson, Reeze Choi, Nina Højgaard Jensen, Pascaline Lepeltier and Ronan Sayburn MS.


Grand Prix
The best large wine list, with more than 600 references.
● Alchemist, Copenhagen
● Aubergine, Cape Town
● Bentley Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sydney
● Core by Clare Smyth, London
● Momofuku Ko, New York City
● Nobelhart und Schmutzig, Berlin
● PM & Vänner, Växjö
● Robuchon au Dôme, Macau
● Savoy, Helsinki
● Skigaarden, Hemsedal

Best Austrian Wine List
The best wine list with Austrian wine, a category presented by Austrian Wine.
● Admiralgade 26, Copenhagen
● Freundschaft, Berlin
● Ginza Soseki, Tokyo
● Happolati, Oslo
● Heaven 23, Gothenburg
● Newcomer Wines, London
● Restaurant Grön, Helsinki
● Rockpool Bar & Grill, Perth
● Wallsé, New York City

Best By the Glass List
The best wine list by the glass.
● Bar Cyclone, Hong Kong
● Bar'Vin, Copenhagen
● Eleven Madison Park, New York City
● Noble Rot Soho, London
● Omadi Bar & Bistro, Helsinki
● Operakällaren, Stockholm
● Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss
● Prism, Berlin
● Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, Johannesburg
● Ten Minutes by Tractor, Mornington Peninsula

Best Sparkling Wine List
The best list with sparkling wine, a category presented by Nyetimber.
● Alchemist, Copenhagen
● Aubergine, Cape Town
● Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills
● Carelia, Helsinki
● Ensue, Shenzhen
● Les 110 de Taillevent, London
● Nobelhart und Schmutzig, Berlin
● Operakällaren, Stockholm
● Rockpool Bar & Grill, Perth
● Skigaarden, Hemsedal


Sustainable Wine List
Recognises a wine list that has put extra emphasis on the wine program’s impact, including wine growing, winemaking, packaging and transport.
● Credo, Trondheim
● ëlgr restaurant, Cape Town
● Farmyard, St Leonards
● Frea, Berlin
● Haoma, Bangkok
● Hörte Brygga, Skivarp
● Restaurant Grön, Helsinki
● Settler's Tavern, Margaret River
● Tonchin Brooklyn, New York City

Best Medium-Sized List
The best wine list with 200-600 listings.
● Admiralgade 26, Copenhagen
● Agnes, Stockholm
● Basbas Kulma, Helsinki
● Culture Wine Bar, Cape Town
● Hakkasan Shanghai, Shanghai
● La Salut, Redfern
● Pinch Chinese, New York City
● Prism, Berlin
● Trivet, London
● Wallsé, New York City

Best Short List
The best wine list with fewer than 200 listings.
● Babette, Stockholm
● BasBas - Baskeri & Basso, Helsinki
● Embla, Melbourne
● La Colombe, Constantia
● nineOfive Regensburg, Regensburg
● Restaurant Radio, Copenhagen
● Restaurant St. Barts, London
● Seroja, Singapore
● Tonchin Brooklyn, New York City

Special Jury Prize
Recognises a venue that has done something out of the ordinary.
● Basbas Kulma, Helsinki
● Chambers, New York City
● Chez Bruce, London
● Embarc, Johannesburg
● Franz Keller Schwarzer Adler, Vogtsburg-Oberbergen
● Grand Majestic Sichuan, Hong Kong
● Heaven 23, Gothenburg
● La Salut, Redfern
● LAGO, Copenhagen
● Territoriet, Oslo
● Voisine, Stockholm

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