Star Wine List of the Year Finland – 15 April

Photo by Tapio Haaja

On April 15 we will return to Finland to celebrate the best wine lists and the teams behind them for the fifth time. All Finnish restaurants and wine bars are welcome to enter, free of charge.


Monday 15 April

Finland will be included to our 2023-2024 International tour, and this is the fifth time we are running it in Finland. Star Wine List of the Year Finland will be held on April 15 in Helsinki.

Last day to enter was March 3, 2024.


Kathrine Larsen-Robert, Heidi Mäkinen, Salvatore Castano, Julie Dupouy-Young

The jury of our Finnish awards is filled with top international sommeliers and wine experts:

• Kathrine Larsen-Robert, Master Sommelier

• Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine
• Salvatore Castano MS, Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2021 (ASI)
• Julie Dupouy-Young, several times named the Best Sommelier of Ireland

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.



Grand Prix
The best list overall
Best Long List
For wine lists with more than 600 references.
Best Medium-Sized List, presented by Louis M. Martini
200-600 references.
Best Short List
<200 references.
Best Austrian Wine List, presented by Austrian Wine
Best Sparkling Wine List, presented by Nyetimber
Best By the Glass List
Best Newcomer List
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 winners in the categories will qualify for our International Final in June 2024, where they will face off with the category winners from other countries and continents.

More categories, the jury and other news will be presented in this post later.

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

Commercial partners

For commercial opportunities, please contact Star Wine List at