THE Glass House on Hobart’s waterfront and Twelve Stones Restaurant in Pontville have been announced as the recipients of the 2016 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Awards.
During the Tasmanian Hospitality Association Awards for Excellence Gala Evening on 29 August 2016, Wine Tasmania chief executive officer Sheralee Davies announced the Twelve Stones Restaurant as the “Judges’ Choice” and The Glass House as the “People’s Choice”.
“The response to the Tasmanian Wine List awards has been very positive and it is great to see so many businesses recognising the outstanding wines produced in Tasmania and promoting them as part of their offering,” Ms Davies said.
“The awards consider the representation of Tasmanian wines by the glass and by the bottle, in the context of each venue, as well as the depth and diversity of the wine range, the structure, accuracy and professionalism of the wine list and staff training and wine knowledge.
“Tasmanian wines are increasingly being recognised around the world for their quality, and more people are choosing to visit Tasmania specifically for our wine and food.
“Having a wide range of Tasmanian wines available at restaurants, cafés, wine bars, clubs and hotels is an important part of the overall visitor experience.”
Ms Davies said also recognised the other finalists – the Ball and Chain Grill, Black Cow, Grape Bar and Bottleshop, Market Square Restaurant, Mures Upper Deck, Stillwater, Tasmanian Food and Wine Conservatory, and The Terrace Restaurant.
“This year saw a particularly strong field of finalists and we thank them all for their support of the local wine sector,” she said.
The Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award aims to encourage licensed premises to feature local wines as part of their overall offering and recognises those businesses offering significant support to Tasmanian wine producers.
This year, the judging was undertaken in a two-stage process – an independent panel reviewed all applications, selected its winning venue and shortlisted 10 venues.
The finalist venues were then promoted for a period of eight weeks, with the public encouraged to vote for their favourite.
For more information about the awards go to www.winetasmania.com.au/2016TasWineList
Caption: Sommelier Kafka Dornom-Tassell from The Glass House on Hobart’s waterfront accepting the “People’s Choice” award at the 2016 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Awards.