Methodology



The World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists have resonated enormously with the food and wine industry on a global level since their inauguration in 2014. Judges evaluated and awarded over 1,000 wine lists in 2018.


Restaurants, hotels, wine bars, resorts and establishments of all types in between are invited to enter the Awards and submit their wine and beverage lists. They are then judged by a panel of industry experts and leading names.


General Criteria

All award-winning wine lists must reach certain standards in relation to a range of criteria, among which the most important are: the breadth, depth, interest, quality, and value of the wine selection (relative to the nature and size of the list and any specialism); the clarity of organization and presentation; the accuracy and completeness of the information for each entry on the list – including origin, producer, wine, vintage, price, and format or serving size; and the suitability of the selection in terms of the cuisine and the establishment.



- One-Star Award

A good wine list in relation to the general criteria.


- Two-Star Award

A very good wine list in relation to the general criteria, and in addition normally demonstrates: superior breadth and/or depth in the selection; a high proportion of leading producers; a good mix of vintages in terms of age, maturity, quality, and style; a good range of wine styles and prices; a good by-the-glass program; a good selection of half-bottles and larger formats; superior organization and presentation.

- Three-Star Award

A great wine list in relation to the general criteria, and in addition normally with: exceptional breadth and/or depth in the selection; a very high proportion of leading producers, large and small, old and new, established and emerging; a very good mix of vintages in terms of age, maturity, quality, and style; a wide range of wine styles and prices; an extensive by-the-glass program; an extensive selection of half-bottles and larger formats; outstanding organization and presentation; clear evidence of originality and personality; clear evidence of commitment over the long term, genuine passion, and real vision.


Category Awards – Regional

The following category awards will be given in each of the six regions (North America, Central and South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia, Australasia), providing that there is a suitably worthy winner: Best Long Wine List (more than 500 wines); Best Medium-Size Wine List (fewer than 500 wines); Best Short Wine List (fewer than 200 wines); Best Micro Wine List (< 100 wines or 4 pages); Best By-the-Glass Wine List (with advanced preservation system); Best By-the-Glass Wine List (without advanced preservation system); Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List; Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List; Best Wine Bar List; Best Hotel Wine List; Best Regional Wine List; Best New Wine List (restaurants opened after February 1st 2017); Most Original Wine List; Best Designed Wine List.


Category Awards – Global
(selected from among the regional category-award winners)

The following category awards will be given on a global basis: Best Long Wine List (more than 500 wines); Best Medium-Size Wine List (fewer than 500 wines); Best Short Wine List (fewer than 200 wines); Best Micro Wine List (< 100 wines or 4 pages); Best By-the-Glass Wine List (with advanced preservation system); Best By-the-Glass Wine List (without advanced preservation system); Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List; Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List; Best Wine Bar List; Best Hotel Wine List; Best Regional Wine List; Best New Wine List (restaurants opened after February 1st 2017); Most Original Wine List; Best Designed Wine List; Best Airline Wine List; Best Cruise Line/Ship Wine List; Wine List of the Year.


The Champions’ League was a new initiative for 2017, designed to honor the “best of the best”. The World’s Best Wine Lists Champions’ League is contested by each of the Wine List of the Year winners of the previous years (initiated 2014). The Champions’ League includes the following awards: Champions’ League World’s Best Wine List; Champions’ League Best By-the-Glass Wine List; Champions’ League Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List; Champions’ League Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List; Champions’ League Best Spirits List.

Jury Prizes

At the nomination of individual senior judges, but subject to the approval of the jury as a whole, these prizes recognize wine lists that show distinctive character and flair, offer exceptionally good value, or were particularly strong in a specific wine style. In 2018 just over 100 Jury Prizes were awarded, making this added badge a truly exclusive appraisal from the judging panel.

Winners please note

The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.