Celebrating Tasmania’s local wine champions

Wine Tasmania is inviting local venues championing the island’s wine to enter the 2023 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Program.

Now in its sixth year, the Wine List of the Year program was initiated to recognise the outstanding contribution by the island’s restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs and wine retailers in promoting local wines and their talented producers.

While our island’s wine is overwhelmingly supported by locals, wine is deeply intertwined with the visitor experience too. During the 12 months to March 2023, 24% of all visitors to Tasmania called into a cellar door during their stay, reflecting the importance of our wine to the overall visitor offering.*

Submissions for the 2023 awards program are now invited, with the key requirement being that venues stock and promote local Tasmanian wine as a part of their overall offering. Four key award categories recognise venues in Launceston, Hobart and regional areas, in addition to a category focused on small but high-quality wine lists. The overall Judges’ Choice award is then chosen from these four winners, while the People’s Choice award will invite the public to vote for their favourite venue from a list of finalists.

Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies said:

“Tasmania's restaurants, wine bars and wine retailers have a crucial role to play when it comes to showcasing our island's produce and sharing our producers’ stories with visitors. Through the Wine List of the Year program, Wine Tasmania seeks to celebrate those venues that go the extra mile to share what it is that makes Tassie and its wine so awesome.”

"Our many small Tasmanian wine producers value the support of their friends in local hospitality and retail businesses and we look forward to promoting the finalists and award winners in 2023."

Tasmanian on-premise and off-premise licensed venues - regardless of size - are encouraged to nominate at by 2 October 2023. Finalists will be announced and the People’s Choice voting campaign will commence from 9 October, with the winners scheduled to be announced on 13 November.

For further information, please contact Sheralee Davies at Wine Tasmania on 0407 004 959.

* Tourism Tasmania’s Tourism Visitor Survey, March 2023