Carelia has the Best Sparkling Wine List in Finland

Andrey Sorokin from Carelia in Helsinki and the Star Wine List team. Photo by Teemu Reunila.

On 22 May, Star Wine celebrated the best wine lists in Finland – for the fourth time. Carelia in Helsinki won the category Best Sparkling Wine List, presented by Nyetimber.

”In-depth and exciting Champagne selection. It is dominated by growers - both the up-and-coming and local stars. There is also a well thought out selection of sparkling wines from other regions,” says jury member Piotr Pietras MS about the winning list.

The first Star Wine List celebration in Finland took place in 2020, and on 22 May it was the fourth time the competition was held in Finland.

The event was judged by a line-up of exceptional judges: Piotr Pietras MS, Julie Dupouy-Young, Jan Konetzki, and Terhi Oksanen-Alén. (Note: Terhi Oksanen-Alén has not scored venues in the Muru group due to personal connections. This is standard procedure for our awards.)

The silver medalists in the sparkling category were:

Basbas Kulma, Helsinki
Bronda, Helsinki
Nokka, Helsinki
Savoy, Helsinki
Palace, Helsinki
Restaurant Grön, Helsinki

Categories and criteria

Star Wine List judges the wine lists in several categories such as the Best Sparkling Wine List and Best By the Glass List. These categories are the same across all of the awards. In addition, local categories may be added. We have commercial partners for certain categories, such as the Best Austrian Wine List, presented by Austrian Wine. The commercial partners are, however, never involved in the selections of finalists or winners - that is completely up to our independent jury panel.

The criteria for the jury are straightforward but not so simple: Vote for the most exciting wine list representing the category.

Carelia is now qualified for our International Final in June, where they will face off with the category winners from other countries and continents, such as South Africa, Australia, UK and Sweden.

Read about the terms and how Star Wine List judges the wine lists here.

Published 22-May-2023
News / Finland

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