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Monday 13 November 2023

Grain of truth: Best Tasmanian wine list unveiled


Are you visiting Tasmania and keen to check out wine lists that offer a compelling range of wines from the island state?

The 2023 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year awards were announced today, with the highest accolade, the Judges' Choice award, going to Launceston’s Grain of the Silos in the Peppers Silos Hotel.

Peppina in Hobart, which has arguably the best overall list in the state, and Mures Upper Deck were highly commended.

The best regional wine list was awarded to Kermandie Hotel, while Stanley Wine Bar received awards for both best small wine bar list and the people’s choice wine list.

Other highly commended lists included Launceston’s Little V and regional entrant The Imbibers, located at Oatlands.

Unlike other award programs, the Tasmanian Wine List of the Year has a hyper-local focus and seeks to identify those venues that go the extra mile in championing the island’s wines and produce.

Previous winner Stillwater in Launceston, with another outstanding list, did not enter this year.

“The depth and quality of the local wine offering from all finalist venues was a step up this year, reflecting the growing sophistication of the island as a wine and food destination," said Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies.

"Not only did we see an increase in new and geographically-dispersed entrants, their wine lists featured a much greater range of wine producers, locations, varieties and vintages than previously seen. We commend and thank all of our finalist venues for the excellent role they play in promoting the island's wines to locals and visitors alike."

2023 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year award winners:

# Judges’ Choice Best Wine List – Grain of the Silos (highly commended: Mures Upper Deck & Peppina)
# Judges’ Choice Best Small Wine Bar List – Stanley Wine Bar (highly commended: Little V)
# Judges’ Choice Best Regional Wine List – Kermandie Hotel (highly commended: The Imbibers)
# People’s Choice Best Wine List – Stanley Wine Bar

# The writer was a member of the judging panel

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