The wine list competition Star Wine List was already a great success in the Nordic countries in the past. Now the search for the “Star Wine List of the Year” was held worldwide.
“Last year when we looked at our partnerships we decided that this was one we wanted to be more involved, as it supports all great restaurants around the world during these troubled times. It also celebrates excellent wine lists, which is both an art and a science”, explains Chris Yorke, why it is so important that Austrian wine is included.
“We invoke all partners in the wine industry to work with us to further develop and support the sommelier and restaurant community - especially after the difficult times which they have experienced”, emphasizes Krister Bengtsson from Star Wine List.
Star Wine List of the Year International Final
31 May 2021, 4 pm CET
Star Wine List celebrated the best wine lists in the world during the online competition “Global Star Wine List of the Year”, hosted by Austrian Wine. It awarded the best wine lists from all the local competitions, held during fall 2020 and spring 2021. The regional winners were finalists in their category, and during this celebration, we crowned the global winners!
Rewatch the celebration via Facebook live!
At the end of the first international Star Wine List of the Year, Star Wine List celebrated a grand online final together Austrian Wine, in which the winners of the national competitions competed against each other. The best wine lists in the different categories were awarded nationwide. The Palais Coburg won the "Global Star Wine List of the Year" category.
Best Austrian Wine List by country
The GRAPES Weinbar is run by two Austrian and invites guests to taste rarities from all over the world. The wine bar in central Munich offers a good balance between classics and wines with a natural element.
Ledererstraße 8a (seperater Eingang), 80331 München | www.grapes-weinbar.de
Restaurant La Riva
The Restaurant La Riva invites you to arrive, stop by and leave the hectic daily routine behind you. Here you can enjoy culinary art in an cozy atmosphere.
La Riva presents known classics and interesting newcomers from diverse wine regions in Austria and other countries.
Voa davos Lai 27, 7078 Lenzerheide | www.lariva.ch
The Heaven 23 bar offers food, wine and cocktails with a wonderful view from the Gothia hotel restaurant’s 23rd floor.
Here you will find one of the Nordic region’s very best assortments of Austrian wines, in addition to a solid selection of wines from other parts of both the new and old worlds.
Mässans gata 24, Göteborg | heaven23.se
Newcomer is the home, shop and wine bar of Newcomer Wines, an importer of largely new wave Austrian wine producers, peppered with a few from Germany, Switzerland and France. The drink in and takeaway list is fleshed out further with wines from other importers.
The interior and set up is functional and low key, with a small patio garden space for al fresco drinking when the British weather allows. They serve top quality cheese and charcuterie style snacks and often have guest chefs hosting dinners or cooking for a stint.
Very strong Austrian selection, specifically the new wave, natural and terroir-focused producers.
5 Dalston Lane, London | www.newcomerwines.com
The Michelin-starred restaurant Fitzgerald is located in the center of Rotterdam. This well-designed restaurant is a combination of classic chic and comfortable warmth. The owner and host Danny Gonzalez, who was named host of the year by GaultMillau, is a true wine fanatic. Fitzgerlad’s wine list lives with passion and an eye for details and specificity.
Gelderseplein 49, 3011WZ Rotterdam | www.restaurantfitzgerald.com
Robuchon au Dôme
When you take the elevator up to the 41st floor of Grand Lisboa Hotel and step out, you can immediately see the 19th century Steinway Grand Piano with this stunning Austrian crystal chandelier above. The cuisine is traditional French, and besides signature dishes like foie gras with roasted guinea fowl or the Kagoshima beef, there are also many other highlights such as the bread, cheese and dessert trolley.
The wine list is indeed a magnificent one, actually the most extensive collection in Asia, carrying around 17,000 different wine labels. There are some great value old vintages, and rare or limited bottles to be found.
Happolati is a modern restaurant with a fun Asian inspired menu based on seasonal produce. The dining room feels light and open, and the elegant furniture balances the art of being trendy, yet comfortable and warm. Head Sommelier, Simon Zimmermann, offers a varied wine list with emphasis on classical areas like Germany, Austria, France and the US. For a few producers and geographical areas, Happolati’s wine list goes into great depth, while also showing a playful interest in other areas.
Sankt Olavs Plass 2, 0165 Oslo | www.happolati.no
Geranium is the only three-star Michelin restaurant in Denmark and with Chef Rasmus Kofoed in the kitchen, you are set for an experience. Rasmus Kofoed is the only chef in the world who has received bronze, silver and gold at Bocuse D’Or. The restaurant is situated on the 8th floor in Fælledparken (Common Gardens) in the center of Copenhagen. The wine list of Geranium has its own legacy driven by Sommelier and General Manager Søren Ledet. Geranium offers several wine pairings with names like “Heart & Soil” and “Classic & Appellation” but do not forget to browse the wine list here before you go, it is over 100 pages long, has some serious verticals and of course the best Austrian wine list in Denmark.
Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8. Sal, 2100 Copenhagen | www.geranium.dk
This legendary establishment in Helsinki opened in 1937 and is considered to be one of the top-notch restaurants in Helsinki. The restaurant is located on the 8th floor in the middle of Helsinki, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the town while eating one of Savoys’s classical dishes or a more modern version of what the kitchen has to offer. Savoy is truly a piece of culinary history where you can enjoy both high-end food, and a wide range of wines above the rooftops of Helsinki. Sommelier Aleksi Mehtonen and his team are carefully curating this highly regarded Helsinki wine list. The list focuses mainly on European classics but also contains a few well-known new world producers.
Eteläesplanadi 14, Helsinki | www.savoyhelsinki.fi
Austrian Wine: Carmen Augschöll, Teamleader Markets International
Star Wine List: Krister Bengtsson