Climat in Manchester wins Best Up-and-Coming Wine List

Thomas Duroux, Jan Konetzki, , Christopher Laidler, Ronan Sayburn, Jerome Boullier, Liora Levi, Richard Siddle, Ruth Spivey. (Photo: Thomas Skovsende)

Climat in Manchester has won the Best Up-and-Coming Wine List of the 2023 Star Wine List of the Year UK with The Buyer awards. It is a new category to highlight great wine lists from venues that have recently opened or that are going places.

Climat's list ”reads as something put together with passion and thought," said jury member Ruth Spivey, Star Wine List’s UK Ambassador. “It’s got something for everyone."

Jerome Boullier from Climat said that they were delighted to receive the award, which they didn't expect, as they'd only opened on 2 December 2022.

"We’re really new," he said. "Our focus was always Burgundy, and that’s for sure the strongest part of the list. Now we’re just fine-tuning the rest of the world."

Boullier added that Climat would definitely like to apply again next year.

"We’d like to, for sure," he said. "There are a few different categories, and this year we were nominated for best mid-sized list and best newcomer."

The category was presented by Château Palmer.

The award was presented at the Winemakers Club in London on Monday, 20 February 2023. The silver medalists in the category were:

Restaurant St. Barts, London
Sète, Margate
Studio Frantzén, London
The Terrace Rooms & Wine, Ventnor
Veraison Wines, London

About Climat in Manchester

Only recently opened, Climat in Manchester has already generated plenty of buzz. Describing itself as a “wine-led, roof-top restaurant”, it has a cellar of approximately 300 wines, with an emphasis on Burgundy.


As for the food, Executive Chef Luke Richardson best defines his style of cooking as ‘Parisian expat food’ – a nod towards the time he spent in the cosmopolitan kitchens of the French capital.

The Guardian’s food critic Jay Rayner said of the food: “What’s striking about the menu, which changes by the day, is its depth. There is so much more here to try.”

About the 2023 Star Wine List of the Year UK with The Buyer awards

Star Wine List of the Year is an international celebration of the great wine lists of the world and the people who create them.

“These are awards that celebrate the work of those who work at the very pinnacle of wine,” says Krister Bengtsson, founder and publisher of Star Wine List.

In the UK, the award has been a joint offering of Star Wine List, based in Sweden, and The Buyer, the UK’s top digital wine trade publication.

Star Wine List's jury: Ruth Spivey, Ronan Sayburn, Jan Konetzki, Piotr Pietras.

The judges included a star-studded lineup of sommeliers: Ronan Sayburn MS, Piotr Pietras MS, and Jan Konetzki. They were joined by Star Wine List’s UK Ambassador, Ruth Spivey.

The 2023 Star Wine List of the Year UK with The Buyer is part of Star Wine List’s international awards, now the benchmark for wine lists. Other competitions have taken place in the Nordics, South Africa and Australia.

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

Published 20-February-2023
News / UK

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