Restaurant Amador has the Best Sparkling Wine List in the DACH countries

Reeze Choi, Liora Levi, Krister Bengtsson, Bernd Großschädl, Alf Wimmer, Heidi Mäkinen MW, Manu Rosier. Photo by Anna Stöcher.
Andreas Grube
Published 25-May-2024
News / Austria

On May 25, Star Wine List came to Vienna and celebrated the best wine lists of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the teams behind them. The celebration was held during VieVinum. 122 wine lists joined the competition and 46 made it to the finals.

Restaurant Amador in Vienna, Austria, won Gold Star for Best Sparkling Wine List, both for Austria and for DACH overall. The category was presented by Nyetimber.

"An absolutely lovely list of bubbles, with a great mix of big houses and growers. Width and depth in Champagne, as well as an excellent selection of Austrian and European sparkling wines," said jury member Véronique Rivest about the winning list.

Amador is a restaurant with three Michelin stars that, according to the homepage, serves "down-to-earth and surprising" food.

Grapes Weinbar, Germany.

Grapes Weinbar in Munich, Germany, won the Gold Star for Munich.

"What is great about the winning wine list is that it pays equal respect to both champagnes and other international sparkling wines with carefully made choices. One can enjoy an exclusive bottle of a collector champagne, opt for a pet-nat from up and coming producer, or choose anything in between," said the jury's Heidi Mäkinen.

Grapes Weinbar was one of the biggest winners during the celebrations, with Gold Stars in no less than three categories, including Grand Prix for best wine list overall.

The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland.

For Switzerland, The Chedi Andermatt in Andermatt won the Gold Star in the sparkling category.

"A very complete list with a strong focus on Champagne. Many sparkling wines from around the world are also featured, making it all the more attractive," said Manu Rosier.

The Silver Star winners in the sparkling category were:

Die Weinbank, Ehrenhausen, Austria
Es:senz, Grassau, Germany
Griggeler Stuba im Burg Vital Resort, Lech am Arlberg, Austria
Nobelhart und Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany
Park Hotel Vitznau, Vitznau, Switzerland
Wunderbrunnen, Opfikon, Switzerland


The jury panel.

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

• 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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