2019 Wineslinger Top 50 venues announced

With new trophy categories, and money-can’t-buy experiences up for grabs to People’s Choice voters


Young Gun of Wine has revealed the 2019 Wineslinger Top 50 Venues list – the wine gurus’ guide to the best haunts across Australia right now.


Wineslinger is an annual award for venues where wine is the hero, and where it’s served with a sense of fun and adventure. A panel of 100 wine and hospitality experts – comprised in equal parts of winemakers, sommeliers and journalists – has voted on the Top 50, from which the trophy winners will be decided. Winners will be revealed at the Wineslinger Awards ceremony on the evening of Monday, 28 October.


“This list provides the insider's guide to the places that the toughest critics in wine choose to have a ripping time. They're restaurants, bars and pubs that bring energy, adventure and approachability to wine enjoyment,” says Young Gun of Wine founder Rory Kent.


“These are places defined by fun, not formality. The size of your wine list isn't what gets you onto the Top 50. It's the sum of the parts. It’s the wine concept, the food, the staff, the setting, and that special something.


“The best part of wine is the thrill of discovery. The venues in the Top 50 all have a commitment to wine that makes them the go-to destinations of the wine experts looking to find something new.


“This is the ultimate guide to the pieces of wine paradise around Australia. Whether in your own town or in another corner of the country, there’s without doubt a number of places you haven’t heard of. For a good time, guaranteed, put them at the top of your to-do list.”


Following the announcement of the Top 50, voting will be open to the public for the People’s Choice Award, with all voters receiving a $50 voucher* to premium wine broker Langton’s. As well, everyone who votes goes in the draw to win prizes that wine lovers’ dreams are made of – from a tour and taste with the Henschkes at the Hill of Grace vineyard, to a stay at the luxury Mitchelton Hotel with a winemaking experience in the historic cellars of Tahbilk. There’s even an opportunity to determine the final blend of the 2019 Ocean Eight Pinot Noir with winemaker Mike Aylward on the Mornington Peninsula.


This year’s Wineslinger awards include top slot the ‘Wineslinger’ and the publicly voted ‘People’s Choice’, along with new trophy additions the ‘Best New Act’ and the ‘Maverick’ – recognising a venue pushing the boundaries of possibility.


Those keen to vote on the People’s Choice can head to younggunofwine.com/wineslinger. Voting will close on Monday, 28 October at midday.


Top 50 Venues list:

10 William St – NSW

1889 Enoteca – QLD

Africola – SA

ARC Dining – QLD

Arlechin – VIC

Bar Liberty – VIC

Bar Rochford – ACT

Bellota Wine Bar – VIC

bibo – NSW

Carlton Wine Room – VIC

City Wine Shop – VIC

Cru Bar & Cellar – QLD

Dear Sainte Éloise – NSW

East End Cellars – SA

eightysix – ACT

Embla – VIC

ester – NSW

Ettie’s – TAS

The Exeter Hotel – SA

Fix Wine – NSW

France-Soir – VIC

Franklin – TAS

Hellbound – SA

Italian and Sons – ACT

Kirk’s Wine Bar – VIC

La Lune Wine Co – QLD

La Lupa – QLD

Lalla Rookh – WA

Los Bravos – WA

Love Tilly Devine – NSW

Lucinda – TAS

Maeve Wine Bar – QLD

Marion – VIC

Mary’s Underground – NSW

Monopole – NSW

Mother Vine – SA

Napier Quarter – VIC

Neighbourhood Wine – VIC

Petition Wine Bar & Merchant – WA

poly – NSW

Settlers Tavern – WA

Stone House – NT

Strange Company – WA

Supernatural Cellars – NSW

The Dolphin Hotel – NSW

The Summertown Aristologist – SA

The Valley Wine Bar – QLD

Tom McHugo’s Hobart Hotel – TAS

Willing Bros. Wine Merchants – TAS

Wines of While – WA


The prizes: In addition to the $50 voucher from Langton’s*, everyone has the chance to win:


●  Henschke Hill of Grace – hosted by Justine Henschke, this experience for four people (winner + three) includes a tour of Australia’s most famous vineyard, Hill of Grace, a tour of the winery and a private cellar tasting and lunch.

●  Pinot Noir blending experience for two people (winner + one) – Meet Mike Aylward at Ocean Eight Winery on the Mornington Peninsula and help determine the final pinot noir blend to be bottled from the 2019 vintage. The winner and guest will also be gifted six bottles of Ocean Eight’s top wine, the ‘Aylward’ Pinot Noir.

●  Mitchelton Hotel stay and Tahbilk Winery experience – A stay for two (winner + one) at the luxury Mitchelton Hotel, including breakfast, plus lunch or dinner for two in The Muse Restaurant, along with a day at Tahbilk Winery – with a guided tour of the historic winery, a vertical masterclass tasting of one its iconic wines, the “art of winemaking” blending experience, and lunch at the Tahbilk Restaurant.

*The $50 Langton’s voucher can only be redeemed by new customers with a purchase over $250.


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Pictured: The Valley Wine Bar