The world’s best wine lists – here are the international Gold Star winners

The winners on stage at Skyddsrummet in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 24. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.
Andreas Grube
Published 24-June-2024
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On June 24, sommeliers and restaurant teams from around the world gathered in Stockholm for the wine list celebration Star Wine List of the Year – the grand final of the Star Wine List world tour 2023-2024. Finalists from 20 countries were present at the event. Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Haoma in Bangkok, Thailand, were the big winners with Gold Stars in two categories each. Here are all the winners!

”Judging the best of the best has been both delightful and challenging, as the standard of the world's wine lists has increased tremendously over the last years. There are amazing venues in all corners of the world and as a wine lover, going to restaurants and enjoying their wine programs has never before been as exciting as it is today,” said jury member Heidi Mäkinen MW.

Her fellow jury member Arvid Rosengren said:

”Every year, this gets harder and harder. It's evident that so many venues are putting in so much effort to up the game and create fantastic experiences for wine lovers around the globe. They all deserve so much praise and recognition!”

Star Wine List of the Year is the wine list awards of the internationally acclaimed guide to great wine bars and wine restaurants, Star Wine List. The current tour started in South Africa in September 2023 and has passed through Asia, Europe and North America on its way to the final Stockholm. All in all, 14 events have been held, from Hong Kong to New York and Dubai to Vienna.

Over 100 guests from 20 countries enjoying great wine during the welcome tasting at Skyddsrummet in Stockholm. (Photo: Camilla Lindh)

Finalists from 20 countries – from some of the most renowned restaurants in the world – and well over 100 people travelled to Stockholm to be a part of the celebration on June 24. The awards in Stockholm was held during a full-day event for finalists, partners and media. Wine lovers from around the world could join the live-streamed event on Star Wine List’s Facebook page.

Before the awards, all the finalists gathered for a lunch at restaurant Österlånggatan 17 in the Old Town of Stockholm. At 3 pm, finalists and invited guests gathered at the venue Skyddsrummet for a welcome tasting, followed by the awards ceremony at 4 pm.

The room was packed with people and Star Wine List's founder, Krister Bengtsson, hosted the celebration together with Ambassador Manager Liora Levi. The duo was joined on stage by jury member Heidi Mäkinen MW.

Jury

The jury panel for the International Final.

The jury of our international final was filled with sommelier champions:

• Salvatore Castano, ASI Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa
• Arvid Rosengren, ASI Best Sommelier of the World
• Marc Almert, Asi Best Sommelier of the World
• Heidi Mäkinen MW

”Overall, we were presented with incredible wine lists to evaluate, each demonstrating an impressive level of quality. The high standard across the board made our task particularly challenging, as each list brought something unique and outstanding to the table, reflecting the passion and expertise of their curators,” said Salvatore Castano of the jury work.

Marc Almert said:

”Having followed the Star Wine List of the Year journey around the world for several years, it is incredible and heartwarming to see how the level of quality and diversity on the lists globally keeps increasing and becoming even more exciting and thus delightful for the guests. Naturally, this makes it harder and harder to choose the best amongst the very good, and I am certain that we will see many movements amongst the top ranks in the future, as it often was a very close call between several outstanding contestants. A heartfelt congratulations to all of those amazing sommelier teams around the world who have entered this global tour!”

And without further ado – here are all the Gold Star winners:

The finalists in each category

Grand Prix

– The best list overall

The category is presented by Premium Estates of Austria

Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member; Liora Levi, Star Wine List; Stefanie Lobner, Premier Estates of Austria; Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List and on video link Vishvas Sidana, Haoma. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Haoma, Bangkok

Vishvas Sidana, Director Food and Beverage at Haoma, joined the celebrations on Zoom.

”I didn’t prepare any speech, but I just want to say that I wish to welcome you all here. I didn’t see this happening, I’m just very, very happy," he said.

”Many of us in the jury were touched both by the team’s philosophy as well as the incredible selection of wines offered, with a very strong focus on sustainability. It is one of those lists where you know that it’ll take a table of somms long to decide on a bottle – as there is so much exciting listings to choose from. All of the judges appreciate the fact that it is often more challenging to write a medium-sized list rather than an encyclopaedic one, as you have to carefully select the wines – and vintages! – you list. This venue has done this to perfection, and included a great personal touch with the portraits of some of the selected winemakers. Congratulations!” said jury member Marc Almert about the winning list.

Best Long List

– For wine lists with more than 600 references

The category is presented by Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Liora Levi, Star Wine List; Andrea Roug Sala, Geranium; Grégory Joannes, Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné; Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

"Thank you so much. Around five years ago we started to work to build the list even more, serving wines from all corners of the world that we like to drink ourselves," said Geranium's Head Sommelier Andrea Roug Sala.

”This is a very complete list which not only covers the expected and the essentials of the wine world, but also delights with topical, exciting, and sometimes surprising wines that take the guests to memorable wine journeys,” said jury member Heidi Mäkinen.

Silver Stars
Aubergine, Cape Town, South Africa
Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss, Norway
64 Wine, Glasthule, Ireland
Restaurant Sans Cravate, Bruges, Belgium
Noble Wine Bar, Riga, Latvia
Time to Wine Rotermanni, Tallinn, Estonia
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai, UAE
Maison Pic, Valence, France
Mountain, London, UK
Eleven Madison Park, New York City, US
PM & Vänner, Växjö, Sweden
Savoy, Helsinki, Finland
Restaurant Le Coureur des Bois, Beloeil, Canada
Grapes Weinbar, Munich, Germany
Heunisch & Erben, Vienna, Austria
Park Hotel Vitznau, Vitznau, Switzerland
Robuchon au Dôme, Macau

Best Medium-Sized Wine List

– Recognizes the best wine list with 200-600 references.

The category is presented by Dreissigacker

Liora Levi, Star Wine List; Christopher Smeds Bjerlo, Fjällnäs Restaurant; Samuel Kirr, Dreissigacker; Benjamin Thomas Robinson, Fjällnäs Restaurant; Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Fjällnäs Restaurant, Tänndalen, Sweden

”Thank you, this was not expected at all. We are on a small corner of the world, but try to represent that small corner. We also try to represent many of the small corners of the world, and I am proud of the diversity we have on the list," said Fjällnäs Restauran's Food & Beverage Manager Christopher Smeds Bjerlo when he received the Gold Star diploma on stage.

”For the medium-sized list, we opted for one that impressed us with its extensive range of esteemed producers, well-judged length, and exceptional selection of wines from around the globe. The list showcased a diverse array of options that catered to various tastes and preferences, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all wine lovers,” said jury member Salvatore Castano about the winning list.

Silver Stars:
Culture Wine Bar, Cape Town, South Africa
Spontan, Trondheim, Norway
Uno Mas, Dublin, Ireland
v.Lo winebar, Copenhagen, Denmark
Convento, Leuven, Belgium
Barents, Riga, Latvia
Restaurant Pacai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Chin Chin wine bar, Tallinn, Estonia
Nobu Dubai, Dubai, UAE
La Régalade, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Etch by Steven Edwards, Brighton & Hove, UK
Contento, New York City, US
Café Savoy, Helsinki, Finland
MotherVine, Adelaide, Australia
Colonnade, Lucerne, Switzerland
Horváth, Berlin, Germany
Restaurant Esskultur, St.jakob In Haus, Austria
Inddee, Bangkok

Best Short List

– Recognizes the best wine list with fewer than 200 listings.

Liora Levi, Star Wine List and on video link Vishvas Sidana, Haoma. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Haoma, Bangkok

"Congratulations to everybody in this category. And thank you Star Wine List, I’m so glad for the job you've done. We're only seven years old, and I would love to have all of you over here," said Vishvas Sidana, Director Food and Beverage at Haoma, who joined the celebrations on Zoom.

”This is an extremely exciting list with a unique and entertaining presentation. Each wine on the list has a story to tell and the carefully made choices respect both the environment and the people behind the wines, providing answers to current day's demand perfectly,” said the jury’s Heidi Mäkinen.

Silver Stars:
Grub & Vine, Cape Town, South Africa
Hot Shop, Oslo, Norway
Bar Pez, Dublin, Ireland
Grimal, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ta-nnin, Antwerp, Belgium
Lowine bar, Riga, Latvia
14 Horses, Vilnius, Lithuania
38 Restaurant, Tallinn, Estonia
Soirée, Dubai, UAE
Oktobre, Paris, France
Hjem, Wall, Hexham, UK
Ardesia Wine Bar, New York City, US
Bord, Stockholm, Sweden
Pöllöwaari, Jyväskylä, Finland
De Nieuwe Winkel, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Barra, Berlin, Germany
Weinrefugium Brolli, Gamlitz, Austria

Best Austrian Wine List

– The best list with wines from Austria

The category is presented by Austrian Wine

Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member; Liora Levi, Star Wine List, Patrick Eppacher, Austrian Wine and on video link Benjamin Gutenbrunner, Wallsé. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Wallsé, New York City, US

"Thank you so much, again, it’s been back to back for us. It’s an absolute honour to be represented. We’re a small, small restaurant in New York trying to get Austrian wine going in the US. The competition was really tough, so it’s amazing to be here," said Wallsé's General Manager Benjamin Gutenbrunner, who joined the celebrations on Zoom.

”This was one of the finest Austrian wine lists we had encountered in a long time. It featured an exceptional selection of producers, offering a remarkable array of wines that truly highlighted the depth and diversity of Austria’s viticulture. Each choice on the list reflected a keen understanding and appreciation of the country's wine heritage, making for an unforgettable experience,” said the jury’s Salvatore Castano.

Silver Stars:
Happolati, Oslo, Norway
Monty's of Kathmandu, Dublin, Ireland
Kadeau, Copenhagen, Denmark
Paul de Pierre, Maarkedal, Belgium
Barents, Riga, Latvia
SOMM The Wine Bar, Vilnius, Lithuania
Time to Wine Rotermanni, Tallinn, Estonia
Ossiano, Dubai, UAE
Maison Pic, Valence, France
Newcomer Wines, London, UK
Heaven 23, Gothenburg, Sweden
Savoy, Helsinki, Finland
ECK Restaurant, Bratislava, Slovakia
Freundschaft, Berlin, Germany
Park Hotel Vitznau, Vitznau, Switzerland
Chi-Fu, Osaka

Best Sparkling Wine List

– Recognizes the best list with sparkling wines.

The category is presented by Nyetimber

Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member; Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Enrico Robitzki, Alchemist; Karl Thögersen, Nyetimber; Christopher Kok, Alchemist; Liora Levi, Star Wine List. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Alchemist, Copenhagen, Denmark

"That was not expected at all, but now it all makes sense that we spent all that time during the pandemic in the wine cellar, listing desgoregement dates and all. Now we have 10,000 bottles in the cellar, and that is all we have room for. Thank you to the team, and to our wine director Nina Højgaard Jensen. We have all worked really hard on this wine list," said Head Sommelier Christopher Kok when receiving the diploma on stage at the live event at Skyddsrummet in Stockholm.

"An amazing and well thought through offer of sparkling wines, mainly from Champagne, but even with some local sparkling wines in the mix. The vintages (of sparkling!) span half a century, and offer a broad selection both of the Grande Marques but also smaller producers, carefully selected by the Wine Director, who is an inspiration to many sommeliers around the globe. It should also be mentioned that despite the list’s length, the guests can look into the disgorgement dates of the wines prior to ordering their selected bubbles. Santé!" said jury member Marc Almert about the winning list.

Silver Stars:
Culture Wine Bar, Cape Town, South Africa
Skigaarden, Hemsedal, Norway
64 Wine, Glasthule, Ireland
Restaurant Sans Cravate, Bruges, Belgium
Barents, Riga, Latvia
Time to Wine Rotermanni, Tallinn, Estonia
Restaurant Pacai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Chin Chin wine bar, Tallinn, Estonia
Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
Le Wine Bar by Le Vintage, Reims, France
Les 110 de Taillevent, London, UK
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York, US
Operakällaren, Stockholm, Sweden
Palace, Helsinki, Finland
Ristorante del Lago, Bagno di Romagna, Italy
Grapes Weinbar, Munich, Germany
Restaurant Amador, Vienna, Austria
The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt, Switzerland
Ensue, Shenzhen

Best By the Glass List

– Recognizes the best by the glass list.

The category is presented by Brännland Iscider

Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Heidi Mäkinen MW, Reidar and Robert R R Johansen, Park Hotel Vossevangen; Andreas Sundgren, Brännland Iscider; Jury member; Liora Levi, Star Wine List. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss, Norway

"I didn’t expect this, wow. We were up against some amazing competitors," said wine director Reidar R R Johansen on stage. "We were competing last year too and was a little bit disappointed that we didn’t win – so we’ve doubled the wine list since last year," he continued.

”A really wonderful, deep treasure trove. So much great stuff to drink, at fair prices and amazing diversity. There are few places where I might go for a couple of glasses instead of a bottle, but here, you definitely could!” said jury member Arvid Rosengren.

Silver Stars:
Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa
UNioN Wine, Bar & Kitchen, Waterford, Ireland
Bar'Vin, Copenhagen, Denmark
Zilte, Antwerp, Belgium
SOMM The Wine Bar, Vilnius, Lithuania
Time to Wine Rotermanni, Tallinn, Estonia
Ossiano, Dubai, UAE
La Table de Yoann Conte, Veyrier du Lac, France
Noble Rot Mayfair, London, UK
Terroir Tribeca, New York City, US
Operakällaren, Stockholm, Sweden
Vinho, Turku, Finland
Ten Minutes by Tractor, Main Ridge, Australia
Heunisch & Erben, Vienna, Austria
Sticks & Stones Winebar, Munich, Germany
Wunderbrunnen, Opfikon, Switzerland
Inddee, Bangkok

Best California Wine List

– The best wine list with wines from California

The category is presented by Louis M. Martini

Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member; Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Andrea Roug Sala, Geranium; Michael Mobach, Louis M. Martini; Liora Levi, Star Wine List. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

"Thank you so much, this was definitely not expected," said Geranium's Head Sommelier Andrea Roug Sala after the winner was announced and he received the Gold Star diploma on stage. "There are so many great Californian wine lists around the world, but this really shows the passion for California that our wine director Søren (Ledet, Editor's note) has."

”The list was exceptional overall, but when it came to the best Californian wines, it stood out even more. It offered something truly special compared to other lists, featuring remarkable verticals from top producers and an extensive selection that showcased the depth and quality of Californian winemaking. The thoughtfully curated range highlighted both established classics and innovative new entries,” said the jury’s Salvatore Castano.

Silver Stars:
Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss, Norway
Monty's of Kathmandu, Dublin, Ireland
Terminus, Watou, Belgium
Time to Wine Rotermanni, Tallinn, Estonia
Tauro Riga, Riga, Latvia
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai, UAE
Vignobles et Châteaux Wine Bar, Saint Emilion, France
The Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury, UK
Eleven Madison Park, New York City, US
Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, Sweden
Restaurant Le Coureur des Bois, Beloeil, Canada
Griggeler Stuba im Burg Vital Resort, Lech am Arlberg, Austria
Napa Grill, Zürich, Switzerland
Sticks & Stones Winebar, Munich, Germany
Park 90, Singapore

Best Newcomer List

– Recognizes a venue that recently opened

The category is presented by DAOU

Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member; Pieter du Toit, DAOU; Justin Leone, Sticks & Stones; Liora Levi, Star Wine List. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Sticks & Stones Winebar, Munich, Germany

"Congratulations to everyone here. I had prepared my speech for the BTG, so now I’m screwed," said Sticks & Stones Winebar's owner Justine Leone when he was handed the Gold Star diploma. "No, but it takes a lot of courage and thinking outside the box for creating what we do. Thank you to Star Wine List for picking up where Michelin dropped off, giving credit to all the great sommeliers and wine places out there."

”What an incredible list for a new venture. Obviously there's years and years of work behind a list like this, with dedication and passion for wine obviously written all over it. Can't wait to visit!” said the jury’s Arvid Rosengren.

Silver Stars:
Signature Restaurant Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa
Hermetikken Restaurant, Stavanger, Norway
Bar Pez, Dublin, Ireland
Josephine Vinhandel & Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark
Restaurant Imprévu by De Barrier, Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium
Chin Chin wine bar, Tallinn, Estonia
Lowine bar, Riga, Latvia
14 Horses, Vilnius, Lithuania
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai, UAE
Les Parcellaires, Annecy, France
Mountain, London, UK
ILIS, New York City, US
Brasserie Draken, Gothenburg, Sweden
Minne Champagne & Wine, Helsinki, Finland
Enoteca Boccaccio, Melbourne, Australia
Colonnade, Lucerne, Switzerland
nineOfive Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Cristal Room by Anne-Sophie Pic, Hong Kong

Sustainable Wine List

– For the Sustainable Wine List category, not only the wine list is evaluated, but also the stated actions of the venue, as described through a questionnaire in the application

The category is presented by Oddbird

Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member; Krister Bengtsson and Liora Levi, Star Wine List; Moa Gürbüzer, Oddbird - and on video: Pascaline Lepeltier, Chambers. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.

Gold Star:
Chambers, New York City, US

”I’m really sorry that I couldn’t be there today to share this very special moment for me and for the whole team at the restaurant. We’re very proud of this prize, so thank you to the jury and to Star Wine List. I really couldn’t believe it, because when I saw all these amazing finalists I was like … wow, there are som many amazing initiatives now, all around the world, to really promote and share, and make sustainability not a dream but a reality. So I must say bravo to all the finalists and to all that are committed to support that idea of how to work,” said Chamber’s Pascaline Lepeltier on a video message from New York.

”This list really shows what sustainability taken to the core of a wine program can look like. The thought put towards the list goes beyond the expected, constantly challenging itself too, ensuring the work continues and never stops. In a few years' time, I hope this becomes the standard level, but at the moment it really defines what a sustainable wine list can be. Chapeau!” said the jury’s Heidi Mäkinen.

Silver Stars:
ëlgr restaurant, Cape Town, South Africa
Kontrast, Oslo, Norway
Daróg Wine Bar, Galway, Ireland
Restaurant ARK, Copenhagen, Denmark
Convento, Leuven, Belgium
Fotografiska Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia
BOCA, Dubai, UAE
Les Résistants, Paris, France
Apricity, London, UK
Julie, Malmö, Sweden
Restaurant Grön, Helsinki, Finland
Esters Wine Shop & Bar, Santa Monica, United States of America
Barra, Berlin, Germany
Haoma, Bangkok


Categories and criteria

Star Wine List's jury evaluates the wine lists in several categories such as the Best Sparkling Wine List and Best By the Glass List. The criteria for the jury are straightforward but not simple: Vote for the most exciting wine list representing the category.

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

The 2023-2024 tour

2023:
• 16 Sep, South Africa with SASA, in Stellenbosch
• 24 Sep, Norway, with the Norwegian sommelier day, in Oslo
New! 9 Oct, Ireland, with Sommit in Waterford
• 23 oct, Denmark, in Copenhagen
New! 12 Nov, Belgium, in Antwerp during the Best Sommelier of Belgium contest
New! 19 Nov, Baltics, in Tallinn with the food and wine festival and in cooperation with the Baltic sommelier associations

2024:
New! 29 Jan, UAE in Dubai
New! 12 Feb, France at Vinexpo Paris
• 4 March, UK, in London, with The Buyer
• 25 March, New York
• 8 April, Sweden, in Stockholm
• 15 April, Finland, in Helsinki
New! 6 May International open - for venues in other countries who wish to enter
New! 25 May DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) in Vienna
• 29 May, Asia, at Vinexpo in Hong Kong
• 24 June, International final, in Stockholm

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