Colonnade won Best Newcomer List in the first ever DACH event

Andreas Grube
Published 25-May-2024
News / Switzerland

Colonnade in Lucerne, Switzerland, won a Gold Star in the category Best Newcomer List – both for Switzerland and DACH overall – when Star Wine List of the Year DACH was celebrated in Vienna on May 25. The category was presented by DAOU.

"This wine has a lovely design, with information of the regions and a beautiful wine map. Besides the classic local wines, it is also listing wine from different countries to have a great diversity. Well done on sourcing the wine and turn it into a great wine list," says the jury's Reeze Choi about Colonnade's winning list.

Colonnade is a fine dining restaurant located by Lake Lucern, and is listed as a White Star on Star Wine List.

NineOfive, Vienna.

nineOfive Vienna in Vienna won Best Newcomer List for Austria.

"A very well-curated list, great to see as part of a restaurant group. All very good producers, with a focus on low intervention and natural wines. Fun and very affordable, with a short but well chosen BTG list," said jury member Véronique Rivest.

Sticks & Stones Winebar in Munich.

Sticks & Stones Winebar in Munich won the Gold Star for Best Newcomer List in Germany.

"This wine list calls for an immediate visit and is very unique in its broad spectrum of exciting grower producers. The list shows how much work a great wine list requires and stands as a great example of the work of a committed sommelier," said jury member Heidi Mäkinen MW about the list.

Sticks & Stones also won a Gold Star for Germany in the Best California Wine List category, and a Gold Star both for Germany and DACH overall for Best By the Glass List.

The Silver Star winners in the Best Newcomer category were:

Bar Rique Winehouse, Bremen, Germany
Grace La Margna St. Moritz, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Matière, Geneva, Switzerland
Mazerat Wein.Wirt, Kufstein, Austria
Verōnika by Fotografiska, Berlin, Germany


The jury for the first ever combined Star Wine List of the Year competition for Germany, Austria and Switzerland consisted of:

The jury panel.

• Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine
• Manu Rosier, Star Wine List ambassador in Berlin
• Véronique Rivest, top Canadian sommelier
• Reeze Choi, third Best Sommelier of the World 2023 (ASI)

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 simple: Vote for the most exciting wine list representing the category.

The winners in the international categories will qualify for our International Final in June 2024, where they will face off with the category winners from other countries and continents.

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

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