By Amy Looker

Manly restaurant, Pilu at Freshwater, can lay claim to having Australia’s best wine list after winning the top gong at the 2011 Wine List of the Year Awards.

Hosted by Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine, Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards acknowledge the best wine lists in the country across a range of categories, including best wine bar list, best pub restaurant list and state and territory awards.

A panel of 28 judges from Australia, Europe, New Zealand and America were tasked with assessing the submitted wine lists which numbered 380.

Chairman of judges, Peter Forrestal, said the quality of the entries has steadily increased in the awards 17 year history.

“Our fine dining wine lists rank with the best in Europe. Across the board, we are putting together much better lists than you would generally find in France or Italy –I’d go so far as to say we whip them,” Forrestal said.

Marilyn Pilu, Judy Sarris of Goumet Traveller WINE, Giovanni Pilu, Lara Caraturo of Pilu and Rob Hurst of Fine Wine Partners.

The winners are:

Australia’s Wine List Of The Year – Pilu at Freshwater, NSW

Sommelier Responsible For Winning List – Judy Hirst Award – Lara Caraturo, Pilu at Freshwater, NSW


Best Restaurant List – Pilu at Freshwater, NSW

Best Food and Wine Matching List – Jacques Reymond, VIC

Best By the Glass List – Glass Brasserie, NSW

Best New List, The Tony Hitchin Award – Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, WA

Best International Hotel Restaurant List – Galileo, NSW

Best Wine Bar List – Melbourne Supper Club, VIC

Best Digestif List – Acqua e Vino, VIC

Best Country Restaurant List – Royal Mail Hotel, VIC

Best Café/Brasserie List – European, VIC

Best Beer List – Healesville Hotel, VIC

Best Small List – Blancharu, NSW

Best Aperitif List – Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, NSW

Best Pub Restaurant List – Settler’s Tavern, WA

Best Regional List – Ortiga, QLD

Best Club List – Brisbane Club, QLD

State and Territory Winners

ACT – Rubicon

SA – Apothecary 1878

TAS – Me Wah

QLD – Aria Brisbane

NSW – Pilu at Freshwater

VIC – Royal Mail Hotel

WA – Rockpool Bar & Grill

Gourmet Traveller WINE Readers’ Choice Award

Aria, Sydney, NSW


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