Finalists from around the world gather for the International final

Top jury! Salvatore Castano, Arvid Rosengren, Marc Almert, Heidi Mäkinen MW.

Write down Monday 24 June 2024 in your calendar; the date for the fourth Star Wine List of the Year International Final. The event will be held in Stockholm, where Star Wine List will welcome teams from around the world.

Monday 24 June

The final will be streamed live on our Facebook page - save the link here.

"We are extremely excited to welcome finalists from so many countries to Stockholm. The level of interest as well as the diversity and quality is through the roof and we look forward to celebrating together - now we just hope for perfect midsummer weather!" says Krister Bengtsson, founder of Star Wine List.

Sommelier and restaurant teams are flying in from Bangkok, LA, New York, Paris, Cape Town and London for the big final.

The 2023-2024 tour had a record number of events on four continents:

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

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.

THE CATEGORIES

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES:

Grand Prix, presented by Premium Estates of Austria
The best list overall
Best Long List, presented by Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné
For wine lists with more than 600 references.
Best Medium-Sized List, presented by Dreissigacker
200-600 references.
Best Short List
<200 references.
Best Austrian Wine List, presented by Austrian Wine
Best Sparkling Wine List, presented by Nyetimber
Best California Wine List, presented by Louis M. Martini
Best By the Glass List, presented by Brännland Iscider
Best Newcomer List, presented by DAOU
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.

Here are the finalists in each category this far.

Grand Prix

– The best list overall

The category is presented by Premium Estates of Austria

Finalists:
The winner will be announced at the event.

Best Long List

– For wine lists with more than 600 references

The category is presented by Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Finalists:
Aubergine, Cape Town, South Africa
Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss, Norway
64 Wine, Glasthule, Ireland
Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
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

Finalists:
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
Fjällnäs Restaurant, Tänndalen, Sweden
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.

Finalists:
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
Haoma, Bangkok

Best Austrian Wine List

– The best list with wines from Austria

The category is presented by Austrian Wine

Finalists:
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
Wallsé, New York City, US
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

Finalists:
Culture Wine Bar, Cape Town, South Africa
Skigaarden, Hemsedal, Norway
64 Wine, Glasthule, Ireland
Alchemist, Copenhagen, Denmark
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

Finalists:
Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss, Norway
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

Finalists:
Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss, Norway
Monty's of Kathmandu, Dublin, Ireland
Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
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

Finalists:
Signature Restaurant Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa
Hermetikken Vinbar, 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
Sticks & Stones Winebar, Munich, Germany
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

Finalists:
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
Chambers, New York City, US
Julie, Malmö, Sweden
Restaurant Grön, Helsinki, Finland
Esters Wine Shop & Bar, Santa Monica, United States of America
Barra, Berlin, Germany
Haoma, Bangkok


Jury

The jury of our international final is 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

More info, the winners from each event and other news will be presented in this post later.

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

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