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World’s Best Wine Lists 2021: Global winners

By David Williams |  November 1 2021

World's Best Wine Lists 2021
A detail from the Wine List of the Year, Terroir Tribeca.

Establishments from New York City dominated the top prizes at the World’s Best Wine Lists 2021, heading a field of some of the world’s best restaurants, bars, and hotels as the results of the world’s leading wine service awards were announced on Monday night.

Representatives from the world’s finest wine-led restaurants, bars, and hotels gathered around their computer screens on Monday night as the global winners of the World’s Best Wine Lists 2021 awards were announced in an online ceremony broadcast from London.

The 20 categories in the main competition featured winners from ten countries, and three continents, reiterating the truly global spread of the competition.

But it was a particularly good night for New York City, with the much-loved wine bar—and serial WBWL success story—Terroir Tribeca taking the Wine List of the Year and Eleven Madison Park taking the Champions’ League Best Overall Wine List, meaning the city took the two biggest prizes on the night.

Establishments from New York also came out top in a further four categories, with another win for Terroir Tribeca (Most Original Wine List) and awards for Wallsé (Best Regional Wine List Outside its region), Contento (Best Micro Wine List), and Temperance Wine Bar (Best New Wine List).

Other American winners in what was another strong year for the USA in the competition included Washington DC’s Kinship (Best Medium-Size Wine List) and Seattle’s Wild Ginger (Best Value Wine List).

It was a good night, too, for Australasia, with Australia and New Zealand providing two category winners apiece: Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Victoria (Best Long Wine List) and Charred Kitchen & Bar, Orange, New South Wales (Best Spirits List) from Australia; and Cocoro in Ponsonby (Best Short Wine List) and The Ortega Fish Shack in Mount Victoria from New Zealand.

Europe’s successes meanwhile were neatly divided with a top award apiece to: the UK (sketch Lecture Room & Library, London—Best By-the-Glass List with Coravin®); Italy (Antica Bottega del Vino, Verona—Best Regional Wine List in its region sponsored by Altair); France (Domaine Les Crayères, Reims—Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List sponsored by Accolade Wines); Spain (Atrio, Cáceres, Spain—Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List sponsored by Taylor’s Port); Switzerland (The Chedi, AndermattBest Sake List outside Japan); The Netherlands (Bubbles & Wines, Amsterdam—Best Wine Bar List); Portugal (The Yeatman, Porto—Best Hotel Wine List); and Sweden (Grand Hôtel, Stockholm—Best-Designed Wine List).

Introducing the presentation from London, Neil Beckett, Chairman of the World’s Best Wine Lists judging panel and Editor of The World of Fine Wine, hoped the event would help raise spirits after another difficult year for the hospitality sector.

“In another year that has seen so many sad losses, it’s all the more inspiring and uplifting to see how many establishments of all kinds, all around the world, have managed to adapt and to survive, and whose wine offerings—representing so much accumulated experience, expertise, promise, pleasure, and value—should help them, and all of us, look forward to better times,” Beckett said.

 

The World’s Best Wine Lists 2021 Global Winners

 

Wine List of the Year

Terroir Tribeca, New York City, USA

 

Best Long Wine List

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia

 

Shortlist:

Les Amis, Singapore

Restaurant Tantris, Munich, Germany

Archipel Wine Cellar, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston, Texas, USA

South & Central America: Grand Old House, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

 

Best Medium-Size Wine List

Kinship, Washington DC, USA

 

Shortlist:

Amelia, Hong Kong, China

2KW, Adelaide, Australia

Big Wine Freaks, Moscow, Russia

Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Best Short Wine List

Cocoro, Ponsonby, New Zealand

 

Shortlist:

Restaurant Koke, Kyoto-fu, Japan

Ballymaloe House, Shangarry, Cork, Ireland

Boca, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Bristol, Chicago, USA

Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Best Micro Wine List

Contento Restaurant, New York City, USA

 

Shortlist:

Firedoor, Sydney, Australia

Park Row, London, United Kingdom

La Niña, Lima, Peru

 

Best Regional Wine List (in its region) sponsored by Altair

Antica Bottega del Vino, Verona, Italy

 

Shortlist:

Hajime, Osaka, Japan

Charred Kitchen & Bar, Orange, Australia

Karibu Restaurant, Cape Town, South Africa

PRESS Restaurant, St-Helena, California, USA

KUUK, Merida, Mexico

 

Best Regional Wine List (outside its region) sponsored by Altair

Wallsé, New York City, USA (for Austrian wines)

 

Shortlist:

Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare, Singapore (for Italian wines)

Felix, Sydney, Australia (for French wines)

Matteo’s at Annabel’s, London, United Kingdom (for Italian wines)

Blue Penny Cellar, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius (for French wines)

Luca, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (for Italian wines)

 

Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List sponsored by Accolade Wines

Domaine Les Crayères, Reims, France

 

Shortlist:

Amber at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, China

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia

Archipel Wine Cellar, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius

Babbo, New York City, USA

Grand Old House, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

 

Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List sponsored by Taylor’s Port

Atrio, Cáceres, Spain

 

Shortlist:

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Hong Kong, China

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia

Archipel Wine Cellar, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, Florida USA

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, Nassau, Bahamas

 

Best Sake List (outside Japan)

The Chedi, Andermatt, Switzerland

 

Shortlist:

Nouri, Singapore

Saké, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Hakkasan, Abu Dhabi

The World Residences at Sea, Florida, USA

 

Best Spirits List

Charred Kitchen & Bar, Orange, Australia

 

Shortlist

La Terre, Singapore

Antica Bottega del Vino, Verona, Italy

Priva Lounge, Pretoria, South Africa

Spruce, San Francisco, California, USA

Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Best By-the-Glass List (with Coravin®)

sketch Lecture Room & Library, London, United Kingdom

 

Shortlist:

Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, China

Charley Noble, Wellington, New Zealand

Jing, Constance Halaveli, Republic of the Maldives

Wine Bar George, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

Ajuala, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

Best By-the-Glass List (without Coravin®)

The Ortega Fish Shack, Mount Victoria, New Zealand

 

Shortlist

Nouri, Singapore

Sager + Wilde Hackney Road, London, United Kingdom

Cyann Restaurant, Constance Ephelia, Mahé Island, Seychelles

SingleThread Farms & Restaurant, Healdsburg, California, USA

Taste-Vin, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

 

Best Wine Bar List

Bubbles & Wines, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Shortlist:

Chinois (Shibuya), Tokyo, Japan

10 William Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Terroir Tribeca, New York City, USA

 

Best Hotel Wine List

The Yeatman, Porto, Portugal

 

Shortlist:

Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, China

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia

Archipel Wine Cellar, Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

The Fearrington House Inn, Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA

Blue by Eric Ripert, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

 

Most Original Wine List

Terroir Tribeca, New York City, USA

 

Shortlist:

Hajime, Osaka, Japan

fermentAsian, Tanunda, South Australia

Fare, London, United Kingdom

Hakkasan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Best-Designed Wine List

Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, Sweden

 

Shortlist

Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, China

Attica, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Qunu at the Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Fearrington House Inn, Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA

Astrid & Gastón, Lima, Peru

 

Best New Wine List

Temperance Wine Bar, New York City, USA

 

Shortlist

Al Mare – The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, London, United Kingdom

 

Best Value Wine List

Wild Ginger, Seattle, Washington State, USA

 

Shortlist:

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Hong Kong, China

Cazador, Mount Eden, New Zealand

The Old Bridge Hotel and Wine Shop, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

 

Best Cruise Line / Ship Wine List in the World

The World, Residences at Sea

 

Shortlist:

Glass House on P&O Cruises

Grand Dining Room on Oceania Cruises

Princess Cruises

 

 

World’s Best Wine Lists Champions’ League 2021

The shortlist for all five Champions’ League awards comprises the seven winners of the Wine List of the Year award:

The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee, USA

Eleven Madison Park, New York City, USA

Palais Coburg, Vienna, Austria

Park Hotel, Vossevangen, Norway

Pix Pâtisserie, Portland, Oregon, USA

Robuchon au Dôme, Grand Lisboa Hotel, Macau

Terroir Tribeca, New York City, USA

 

Champions’ League Best Overall Wine List 2021

Eleven Madison Park, New York City, USA

 

Champions’ League Best By-the-Glass Wine List

Park Hotel, Vossevangen, Norway

 

Champions’ League Champagne & Sparkling Wine List

Pix Pâtisserie, Portland, Oregon

 

Champions’ League Best Dessert and Fortified Wine List

Robuchon au Dôme

 

Champions’ League Best Spirits List

The Barn at Blackberry Farm

 

The World’s Best Wine Lists Awards are hosted in association with headline sponsor Gaggenau, with support from sponsors Altair, Accolade Fine Wines, Bouza, Familia Torres, Taylor’s Port, and Nude and with partners 67 Pall Mall and TEXSOM.

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