Ossiano has the Best Austrian Wine List in the UAE

Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Thomas Domingues, Ossiano; Ben Koudier, Jury member. Photo by Lee-Roy Boucher
Andreas Grube
Published 29-January-2024
News / United Arab Emirates

When Star Wine List of the Year UAE was celebrated on January 29, Ossiano in Dubai was awarded a Gold Star for Best Austrian Wine List. The category was presented by Austrian Wine.

To be fair - Star Wine List's publisher Krister Bengtsson at the award named this category the Best Start of an Austrian wine list, since the selection of Austrian wine is yet limited in UAE in general and on wine lists.

"But change is coming, and we look forward to seeing even stronger selections next year," said Krister Bengtsson.

"Thank you very much. It is really nice to be recognized and that people appreciate hat we do," says Thomas Domingues, head sommelier at Ossiano.

"The Austrian selection of this venue is very compact yet presents top producers of different styles showing the wines have been chosen with purpose," says jury member Heidi Mäkinen MW about Ossiano’s winning list.

The UAE awards is included in our 2023-2024 International tour and Ossiano is now qualified for the International final in June 2024.

The two Silver Star winners in this category were:
Amazónico, Dubai
Zuma Dubai, Dubai


The jury for the first Star Wine List of the Year competition in the UAE included an amazing line-up of esteemed wine experts:

The jury panel.

• Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine
• Piotr Pietras, Master Sommelier
• Paz Levinson, named Best Sommelier of Americas
• Ben Kouider, Champagne expert and educator based in UAE

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 our awards. In addition, local categories may be added. We have commercial partners for certain categories, such as the Best Austrian Wine List, which is 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 judging panel.

The criteria for the jury is straightforward but not simple: to vote for the most exciting wine list representing the category.

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

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Austrian Wine

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board is based in Vienna, and is a national service body for the Austrian wine industry. The aim is to strategically support, coordinate and maintain quality and sales.


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