Rockpool Bar and Grill Sydney is one of three eponymous venues – the others, located in Melbourne and Perth – all champion award-winning wine programs and have consistently held prestigious three-star honors in the World’s Best Wine Lists Awards. Now with close to 50 venues across the nation under its name, the Rockpool Dining Group is one of Australia’s largest restaurant collectives following a merger with Urban Purveyor Group in late 2016.
Since the World’s Best Wine Lists began, Rockpool Bar and Grill has made a name for itself with an extensive wine list of over 3,000 references. Perhaps the most reputable is its impressive collection of Champagne, which earned it the World’s Best Wine Lists Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine List in its region award in 2014. By 2016 the veritable almanac had Rockpool to claim the Best By-the-Glass Wine List in the world, reaffirming Australia’s place on the map as a fine wine and culinary destination.
The selection of Champagne encompasses headline Champagne houses but is equally as strong with grower-producers, and doesn’t forget its roots with names from Jansz and Moorilla in Tasmania, to Bindi and Stonier in Victoria – plus some sparkling red – and continues to take a global tour with Sekt, Franciacorta, and Cava.
Judges of the World’s Best Wine Lists 2017 commented on the list’s remarkable length, complexity, variety, and coverage of a good range of price points. This year, Rockpool garnered praise for the potential for a new discovery with every visit.