In September, Star Wine List will recognize the best wine lists in the Nordic countries during the Nordic Sommelier Championship. For the first time, an award will be given to the best South African wine list in the region, presented by Libertas Vineyards and Estates.
"Our wine list competition Star Wine List of the Year has been a hit in Sweden where we have held it for two years. Now we are very excited to go through the wine lists in the Nordic countries and find the winners across the region," says Krister Bengtsson, founder and publisher of Star Wine List.
Nordic Star Wine List of the Year will recognize the best wine lists in a number of categories, such as Best wine list by the glass and in several country categories. For the first time, South Africa's presence on top wine lists will be evaluated, in cooperation with Libertas Vineyards and Estates.
"South Africa has a long and proud tradition of producing wines of the highest quality that are equal to the best in the World. However, we need to get better at talking about it and to show these wines. The partnership with Star Wine List is a great initiative to allow South African wines get the attention they deserve," says Jörgen Andersson, Libertas Vineyards and Estates.
Independent jury decides
The awards for the best wine lists will be decided by an independent jury, including Latvia's Raimonds Tomsons, Best Sommelier of Europe 2017.
”I look forward to looking through all the top wine lists in our neighboring countries and see the diversity and creativity of sommeliers and restaurateurs, how the wine lists are built up, what are the margins and what are the different approaches in these highly developed countries. It will be also exciting to see the differences with our Baltic countries.” says Raimonds Tomsons, manager of restaurant Vincents and A.S.I. Best Sommelier of Europe 2017.
"South Africa is a much-loved country in the Nordics but the wines have historically not had a great distribution in top wine lists. It will be very interesting to see where the jury will find the best ones in the region," says Krister Bengtsson.
All restaurants and bars listed by Star Wine List are automatically entered into the competition Star Wine List of the Year, at no cost. All other restaurants and bars in the Nordics are also welcome to enter their wine lists - for upcoming info, timelines and rules for Nordic Star Wine List of the Year, sign up to our newsletter below.