BECOME A NSW WINE STAR!
These awards are dedicated to supporting and rewarding restaurants, wine bars 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.
Ned Goodwin, Master of Wine - Ned is a dux of the Len Evans Tutorial, Japan’s first Master of Wine, educator, consultant, judge, critic and a highly regarded motivational speaker and presenter. He brings a wealth of wine knowledge to the team.
The judges will 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 Wine Managers will be in the running to win the title of ‘NSW Sommelier’s Wine List of the Year’ in one of seven different categories: Sydney small venue (<40 seats), Sydney mid/large venue (41+ seats), Regional NSW small venue, Regional NSW mid/large venue, Sydney Hotel accommodation venue and Regional NSW Hotel accommodation venue. An overall winner will be chosen from these 6 categories.
Along with a stunning trophy and promotional opportunities, some great prizes are also up for grabs, including automatic entry into Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards, exclusive food and wine trips to some of NSW's best wine regions, invaluable advice on and creation of the right digital systems and design for your business, some of Australia's best wine logistic solutions and some cutting edge wine service equipment and premium wine glasses (individually selected for your venue).
A big thank you to our amazing Prize Partners - Riedel, Wine Depot, DK Digital Systems, Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards, the Orange wine region, the Mudgee wine region, the Hunter Valley wine region, the Canberra District wine region and the Southern Highlands wine region.
The 2021 Awards opened in March 2021 and the winners were announced on 24th May at a prestigious event at Government House Sydney, hosted by the Governor of New South Wales Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC.