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September 12, 2023updated 06 Oct 2023 10:31am

Park Hotel Vitznau triumphs at World’s Best Wine Lists 2023

The Swiss establishment picked up four top prizes at the prestigious awards ceremony in London, including Wine List of the Year.

By David Williams

Switzerland’s Park Hotel Vitznau was the outstanding performer at the World’s Best Wine Lists 2023, receiving four top prizes, including the coveted Overall Wine List of the Year, before a crowd of international sommeliers, restaurateurs, and press at London’s Glaziers Hall.

On a busy night, Park Hotel head of wine Sven Uzat collected the Best Long Wine List, the Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List, and the Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List before being called back to the stage to receive the Wine List of the Year 2023 title, with the Park Hotel list recognized by the judges for its outstanding breadth and depth.

It was a good night, too, for New York City fine-dining institution Eleven Madison Park, which retained its crown as The Champions’ League Best Overall Wine List 2023, in the part 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 (Most Original Wine List of the Year) and Sushi Nakazawa (Best Sake List [Outside Japan]) helped ensure this was another strong year in the competition for a city that has provided more World’s Best Wine List winners over the years than any other.

Melbourne also put on a strong performance, providing winners in the Best Medium-Size Wine List (Supernormal) and Best New Wine List (Society) categories, 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]).

Introducing the ceremony on a night when the World’s Best Wine Lists celebrated its tenth anniversary, 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,” Beckett 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 is a global awards program created in 2014 by the multi-award-winning publication The World of Fine Wine.

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The cellar at Eleven Madison Park, winner of the Champions’ League Best Overall Wine List at The World’s Best Wine Lists Awards 2023. Photography courtesy of Eleven Madison Park

The World’s Best Wine Lists 2023 Winners

Wine List of the Year

Park Hotel, Vitznau, Switzerland—Europe

Best Long Wine List (more than 500 wines)

Park Hotel, Vitznau, Switzerland—Europe

Shortlist

Aux Beaux Arts / Imperial Court MGM Grand, Macau—Asia

Catalina, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia—Australasia

Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa—Middle East and Africa

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Dallas, Texas, USA—North America

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, Nassau, Bahamas—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Best Medium-Size Wine List (fewer than 500 wines)

Supernormal, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia—Australasia

Shortlist

Vista, Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan—Asia

Humo, London, UK—Europe

One & Only, Le Saint Géran, Mauritius—Middle East and Africa

Atomix, New York City, USA—North America

Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Best Short Wine List (fewer than 200 wines)

Firedoor Restaurant, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia—Australasia

Shortlist

Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon Elements, Hong Kong / Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon IFC Mall, Hong Kong—Asia

29, Istanbul, Turkey—Europe

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Johannesburg, South Africa—Middle East and Africa

Atoboy, New York City, USA—North America

Best Micro Wine List (fewer than 100 wines / no more than four printed pages)

John’s House, Mountsorrel, Loughborough, UKEurope

Shortlist

Tsunami, Mosman Park, Western Australia, AustraliaAustralasia

Nopa, San Francisco, California, USA—North America

Best New Wine List (opened after January 2019)

Society, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia—Australasia

Shortlist

Humo, London, UK—Europe

Naro, New York City, USA—North America

Best By-The-Glass Wine List (with Coravin®)

The Lecture Room & Library at Sketch, London, UK—Europe

Shortlist

Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong—Asia

Society, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia—Australasia

Blue Penny Cellar, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius—Middle East and Africa

San Francisco Wine Society, San Francisco, California, USA—North America

K’u’uk, Mérida, Mexico—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Best By-The-Glass Wine List (without Coravin®)

VIN Bjørvika, Oslo, Norway—Europe

Shortlist

Imperial Court, MGM Grand, Macau—Asia

Chin Chin, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia—Australasia

The Barrel Room—North America

Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List

Park Hotel, Vitznau, Switzerland—Europe

Shortlist

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong—Asia

Quay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia—Australasia

Blue Penny Cellar, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius— Middle East and Africa

March, Houston, Texas, USA—North America

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, Nassau, Bahamas—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List

Park Hotel, Vitznau, Switzerland—Europe

Shortlist

Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong—Asia

Jonah’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel, Palm Beach, New South Wales, Australia—Australasia

Blue Penny Cellar, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius—Middle East and Africa

The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary, North Carolina—North America

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, Nassau, Bahamas—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Best Hotel Wine List

The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado, USA—North America

Shortlist

Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong—Asia

Jonah’s, Palm Beach, New South Wales, Australia—Australasia

Park Hotel, Vitznau, Switzerland—Europe

Archipel Wine Cellar, Constance Prince Maurice, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius—Middle East and Africa

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, Nassau, Bahamas—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Best Regional Wine List (in the region)

Press Restaurant, St Helena, California, USA—North America

Shortlist

Hajime, Osaka, Japan—Asia

Bennelong, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia—Australasia

La Bandiera, Civitella Casanova, Abruzzo, Italy—Europe

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Johannesburg, South Africa—Middle East and Africa

K’u’uk, Mérida, Mexico—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Best Regional Wine List (outside the region)

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong (Italy)—Asia

Shortlist

Pearl Chablis & Oyster Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Chablis)—Australasia

Britannia Hotel, Trondheim, Norway (France)—Europe

Archipel Wine Cellar, Constance Prince Maurice, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius (France)—Middle East and Africa

RPM Italian, Washington DC, USA (Italy)—North America

Best Organic Wine List

Barcelona Wine Bar, Washington DC, USA—North America

Shortlist

Grand Lisboa Palace, Macau (Grand Buffet, Hua Ting, Mesa by José Avillez, Palace Garden, Zuicho)—Asia

Otto, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia—Australasia

Jack’s Brasserie, Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & Spa, Bern, Switzerland—Europe

Jing Restaurant, Constance, Halaveli, Maldives—Middle East and Africa

Best Sake List (outside Japan)

Sushi Nakazawa, New York City, USA—North America

Shortlist

Tsunami, Mosman Park, Western Australia, Australia—Australasia

Jing Restaurant, Constance, Halaveli, Maldives—Middle East and Africa

Best Spirits List

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, Nassau, Bahamas—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Shortlist

Society, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia—Australasia

Nobelhart und Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany—Europe

Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa—Middle East and Africa

March, Houston, Texas, USA—North America

Best Value Wine List

La Bandiera, Civitella Casanova, Abruzzo, Italy—Europe

Shortlist

Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa—Middle East and Africa

Terzo, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA—North America

Best Wine Bar List

Wine Bar George, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA—North America

Shortlist

Marion Wine, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia—Australasia

VIN Bjørvika, Oslo, Norway—Europe

Brut, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel—Middle East and Africa

Best Designed Wine List

March, Houston, Texas, USA—North America

Shortlist

Kuda Villingili, Malé, Maldives—Asia

Society, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia—Australasia

29, Istanbul, Turkey—Europe

Cyann Restaurant, Mahé, Seychelles—Middle East and Africa

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, Nassau, Bahamas—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Most Original Wine List

Contento Restaurant, New York City, USA—North America

Shortlist

Mesa by José Avillez, Grand Lisboa Palace, Macau—Asia

Supernormal, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia—Australasia

Tasca d’Almerita – Capofaro Estate, Salina, Italy—Europe

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Johannesburg, South Africa—Middle East and Africa

Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico—South & Central America and the Caribbean

Best Cruise Line / Ship Wine List

The World Residences at Sea

Shortlist

MSC World Europa

World’s Best Wine Lists Champions’ League 2023

The shortlist for all five Champions’ League awards comprises the nine winners of the Wine List of the Year award since the competition began in 2014:

Park Hotel, Vitznau, Switzerland, France—Wine List of the Year 2023

Domaine Les Crayères, Reims, France—Wine List of the Year 2022

Terroir Tribeca, New York, USA—Wine List of the Year 2021

Park Hotel, Vossevangen, Norway—Wine List of the Year 2019

Pix Pâtisserie, Portland, USA—Wine List of the Year 2019

The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee, USA—Wine List of the Year 2018

Robuchon au Dôme, Grand Lisboa Hotel, Macau, China—Wine List of the Year 2016

Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA—Wine List of the Year 2015

Palais Coburg, Vienna, Austria—Wine List of the Year 2014

Champions’ League Best Overall Wine List 2023

Eleven Madison Park, New York City, USA

Champions’ League Best By-the-Glass Wine List

Park Hotel, Vossevangen, Norway / Terroir Tribeca, New York City, USA

Champions’ League Champagne & Sparkling Wine List

Domaine Les Crayères, Reims, France

Champions’ League Best Dessert and Fortified Wine List

Robuchon au Dôme, Grand Lisboa Hotel, Macau, China

Champions’ League Best Spirits List

The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee, USA

The World’s Best Wine Lists 2023:
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