Star Wine List's journey to celebrate great wine lists around the world continues to the Netherlands. On 16 February 2021 we will announce the winners, selected by our jury with some of the world's best sommeliers. The winners in the Netherlands will qualify for the global final in Vienna in 2021, hosted by Austrian Wine.
Star Wine List of the Year is our wine list competition that has previously been held in the Nordic countries and Hong Kong and Macau. Now we are taking the event global and the winners in different countries will qualify for our Global Final in Vienna in May 2021, hosted by Austrian Wine.
All venues currently on Star Wine List's guide to great wine bars and wine restaurants in the Netherlands are automatically entered, free of charge. All other venues are also welcome to enter their wine lists before the deadline, 31 January 2021. (see below for rules)
Star Wine List of the Year is usually presented live, but this year it will be an online event.
Date and time: 16 February 2021, 15:00.
The jury for this event will be several of the world's most prominent sommeliers:
Arvid Rosengren, 2016 Best Sommelier of the World
Pascaline Lepeltier, 2018 Best Sommelier of France
Raimonds Tomsons, 2017 Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa
Marc Almert, 2019 Best Sommelier of the World
Yang Lu MS, Best Sommelier of China
Edwin Raben, former president of the Dutch Sommelier Association
CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA
The jury will vote independently for their favorites considering width, depth, originality and value. The jurys' votes are then added up to decide the finalists and the winners.
The finalists and winners will be decided in several categories such as:
Grand Prix, presented by Austrian Wine
Best Austrian Wine List, presented by Austrian Wine
By the Glass
Special Jury Prize, presented by Vinos Baettig
Best Short list
More categories may be announced before the competition date.
GLOBAL FINAL IN VIENNA
The winners in the Netherlands will qualify for the Global final of Star Wine List of the Year. It will be held in Vienna in May 2021, hosted by Austrian Wine. One sommelier per venue will be invited to the final in Vienna.
The winner of the Austrian wine list category gets an all-inclusive invitation for one sommelier to Vienna for the event.
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SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
The competition is free to enter for venues as it is financed by sponsoring partners. The partners may invite their favorite venues to enter the competition, just like anyone else, but the partners have no influence over the finalists and winners - this is entirely up to the jury.
If you wish to partner with Star Wine List of the Year - let us know via email Send mail.
Rules and details for venues:
From now we will accept entries until the deadline 31 January 2021. Venues on Star Wine List are automatically entered, free of charge, if we have an updated wine list from the venue.
For venues not listed by Star Wine List: Simply send your wine list by email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with name and address of the venue. This is free of charge.
Please note that the wine lists entered into the competition have to be regularly available to guests at the venue, either physically, digitally or on Star Wine List. Special wine lists prepared only for the competition will not be accepted.
The wine lists must reflect the real availability of wine at the venue, and this may be checked with random spot checks, either live or by video call. We reserve the right to refuse wine lists we deem to break any of our rules, without explanation or right to appeal. A venue or person breaking the rules may be barred from all SWL competitions for three years.