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The World’s Best Wine Lists 2023 revealed

Source: Park Hotel Vitznau/Facebook

The World’s Best Wine Lists 2023 were announced in London over the weekend, with Switzerland’s Park Hotel Vitznau taking home Overall Wine List of the Year.

The Swiss venue also picked up the Best Long Wine List, Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List, and Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List awards.

New York City fine-dining institution Eleven Madison Park retained its crown as The Champions’ League Best Overall Wine List 2023, in the section of the awards reserved for each of the nine winners of the Wine List of the Year trophy since the World’s Best Wine Lists awards began.

Fellow New Yorkers Contento and Sushi Nazakawa won Most Original Wine List of the Year and Best Sake List (Outside Japan) respectively.

Melbourne also had a couple of wins with Best Medium-Size Wine List (Supernormal) and Best New Wine List (Society), while the global reach of the competition was reflected in wins for VIN Bjørvika in Oslo (Best By-The-Glass Wine List (without Coravin); John’s House in Mountsorrel near Loughborough, UK (Best Micro Wine List); Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant in Nassau, Bahamas (Best Spirits List); and 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong (Best Regional Wine List Outside the Region).

Neil Beckett, Editor of The World of Fine Wine and chairman of the World’s Best Wine Lists, congratulated the winning and shortlisted establishments, who, he said, continue to raise standards in trading conditions that are very far from ideal.

“The aftermath of COVID, staff shortages, soaring interest rates, and spiralling costs continue to make for a very harsh environment,” he said.

“In another year that has seen more sad losses, it is all the more inspiring and uplifting to see how many establishments of all kinds have managed to adapt and to survive—and indeed, how many excellent new ones have opened their doors for the first time. Best New Wine List was one of the most exciting and most closely contested categories this year.”

The World’s Best Wine Lists were judged according to a rigorous protocol by independent, international panels of professionals, including World Champion Sommeliers, Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, and wine writers.

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