This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, with entries set to open on Monday 3 April.

Venue owners, sommeliers and beverage directors from across Australia are invited to submit their drink offerings into the competition to be judged by a 30-strong panel.

The awards sees lists ranked from one to three glasses, along with a range of other acknowledgements up for grabs including best in each state and territory, best small wine list, best food and wine matching and many more.

The top acknowledgment is the title of Australia’s Wine List of the Year, with the winning sommelier receiving the Judy Hirst award named after founder Rob Hirst’s late wife.

“Looking back at the winners and entries over the last 30 years shows the incredible evolution that’s taken place across the Australian hospitality sector,” says Hirst.

The quality continues to grow every year and now reaches beyond the restaurants into pubs, hotels, clubs and wine bars across every corner of the continent.”

The judging panel features local and international wine communicators and writers, Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine and previous award winners.

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards was established in 1993 by Rob and Judy Hirst and Tucker Seabrook with the aim to shine the light on work done by sommeliers and venue owners across the country.

Entries for Australia’s Wine List of the Year 2023 can be submitted online and will close at 11.59pm on Monday 15 May 2023.