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 over 4,500 wine lists in 2016, and just over 800 wine lists were winners of a one, two or three star award.


In 2017, the most successful awards yet, the awards announced 997 winners of a one, two, or three-star award, and included the introduction of new category awards to further recognize commendable wine programs across the globe.

The World’s Best Wine Lists continue to receive international coverage each year, featuring in world-renowned publications such as Bloomberg, New York Post, and the BBC. According to World Sommelier Champion Gerard Basset, the awards are, “Rapidly becoming as coveted as Michelin Stars”.



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 the 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; 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 with: 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
(selected from among the three-star award-winners in each region)

The following category awards will be made for each of the six regions (North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia, Australasia), providing that there is a suitably worthy winner: Best Wine List; Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List; Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List; Best By-the-Glass Wine List; Best Wine-and-Food Pairing List; Best New List (for establishments that opened within 12 months of the closing date for entries); Best Wine Bar List; Best Hotel Wine List; Best Medium-Sized List (fewer than 500 wines); Best Short Wine List (fewer than 200 wines); Most Original Wine List.


Category Awards – Global
(selected from among the regional category-award winners, with the exception of airlines and cruise lines)

The following category awards will be made on a global basis: Best Wine List; Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List; Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List; Best By-the-Glass Wine List; Best Wine-and-Food Pairing List; Best New List (for establishments that opened within 12 months of the closing date for entries); Best Wine Bar List; Best Hotel Wine List; Best Medium-Sized List (fewer than 500 wines); Best Short Wine List (fewer than 200 wines); Most Original Wine List; Best Airline Wine List; Best Cruise Line Wine List.


In 2017 some changes occurred to the categories. The established categories going forward are: Champions’ League; Best Long Wine List in the World; Best Medium-Size Wine List in the World; Best Short Wine List in the World; Best Regional Wine List in the World; Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List in the World; Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List in the World; Best Spirits List in the World; Best By-the-Glass Wine List in the World; Best Wine Bar List in the World; Best Hotel Wine List in the World; Most Original Wine List in the World; Best Designed Wine List in the World; Best Airline List in the World; Best Cruise Line / Ship Wine List in the World.

The Champions’ League is a new initiative for 2017 designed to honor the “best of the best”. The World’s Best Wine Lists Champions’ League was contested by each of the overall winners of the first three years of the awards (initiated 2014).

2017 Notable Mention

Introduced in 2017 to recognize wine lists that are worth a visit to the restaurant, where further development of the wine program could lead to a one-, two-, or three-star award.

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.

The World’s Best Wine Lists 2018 are now accepting entries!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ENDS AUGUST 23, 2017