We’re here to help people discover the joy of wine. Just as we lead people to exciting and quality wines through the winemaker awards in Young Gun of Wine, we want to lead people to places where they can have a fun wine experience — because products and places are equally loveable.

Enter Wineslinger…

Last year we launched Wineslinger to lead people to places around Australia where they can enjoy a glass of wine, whilst at the same time encouraging the creativity and excellence in this environment.

We’re presenting an annual Top 50 venues list as determined by a cross section of Australia’s leading wine and hospitality tastemakers – 100 winemakers, sommeliers and journalists – who vote on their favourite wine haunts.

We present the Top 50 list to the public, for their opportunity to engage with the award by way of a “People’s Choice”.

In the inaugural outing of Wineslinger, in 2018, City Wine Shop took out the overall prize as voted on the panel of 100+ industry leaders, whilst Harvest Newrybar was the most popular venue in the Top 50 list as voted by the public and thus won the People’s Choice.


We want to lead people to venues where they can have a great wine experience.

The objective of this award is to showcase and celebrate the venues around Australia where our type of wine folk like to enjoy a glass of wine, or two, or more… Places with approachability, energy and adventure.

This award is not about one component such as food and wine matching, or the wine list, or the service… it is about the whole experience. What draws us all to those places where we like to enjoy wine is really the sum of the parts.

It’s often that undefinable thing a place has that makes it special. It is up to panellists to each establish their own lens of what venue has the best experience for wine drinkers.

This award is also an opportunity to recognise the originality, commitment, and quality of a venue’s offering.

There are blurred lines between wine bars, restaurants and pubs. Food and wine go hand in hand, so it’s hard to think of an on-premise venue where food doesn’t play a very good supporting role in the experience.

Boundaries of scope for this award include:

  • Degustation-only venues are out of scope. Whilst they might present a fantastic wine experience; we’re looking for places that are a more accessible treat to one’s self than a dining event.
  • The test of an applicable restaurant would be whether you could feasibly pop in for just a glass of wine.
  • Winery cellar door venues out of consideration of these awards.
  • Top 50 venues announced September 2, 2019
  • People’s Choice voting runs September 2 – October 28, 2019
  • Trophy winners announced October 28, 2019
2019 Panellists

Adam Foster (Syrahmi)
Alan Hunter (Otto)
Alex Head (Head Wines)
Alexi Christidis (Chalari)
Analiese Gregory (Franklin)
Andrew Jamieson (AJWM)
Andrew Scott (Bent Road Wines)
Angus Hughson (Freelance)
Anna Webster (Freelance)
Bryan Martin (Clonakilla / Ravensworth)
Caitlyn Rees (Mary’s Group)
Callan Boys (Fairfax)
Cath Willcock (Imbibo)
Chris Morrison (This is Not a Wine Guide / QT Hotels)
Chris Tyrrell (Tyrrell’s)
Damian North (Journey Wines)
Dan Stocker (Heretic Wines)
Dani Valent (Dani Valent)
Daniela Frangos (Broadsheet)
Dash Rumble (Pilot)
David Bowley (Vinteloper)
David Knight (Freelance)
David Matthews (Gourmet Traveller)
David Stevens-Castro (Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise)
Eleanor Cappa (Maeve Wine Bar)
Ellen Fraser (Broadsheet)
Emma Farrelly (State Buildings)
Emma Ferguson (No Mafia)
Erin Larkin (Freelance)
Evan Milne (Stock on Hand)
Foni Pollitt (Mayfair Lane)
Gabrielle Poy (City Wine Shop)
Gabrielle Webster (Icebergs)

Greta Wohlstadt (Orana)
Ian Trinkle (Howard Smith Wharves)
James Broadway (Gertrude Street Enoteca)
James Kilmartin (Red & White)
James Sexton (Main Ridge Estate)
Jane Lopes (Attica)
Jane Thomson (Fabulous Ladies / Taste.com.au)
Jayden Ong (One Block / Cumulus Inc.)
Jeremy Prus (Lalla Rookh)
Jess Ho (Time Out)
Jill Dupleix (Delicious)
Jordan Kretchmer (Time Out)
Josephine Perry (Dormilona)
Josh Martin (Freelance)
Katie Spain (The Advertiser)
Liam O’Brien (Athletes of Wine / Cutler & Co)
Libby Travers (Freelance)
Liina Jaumdally (Crafers Hotel)
Lisa Halgren (De Salis Wines)
Lisa Jenkins (Fleet)
Maggie Scardifield (Freelance)
Manu Potoi (Capitano)
Marcus Ellis (Freelance)
Matt Swieboda (Dear Sainte Eloise / Love Tilly Devine)
Matthew Hirsch (Freelance)
Max Brearley (Freelance)
Max Veenhuyzen (Freelance)
Melanie Chester (Sutton Grange)
Michael Andrewartha (East End Cellars)
Michael Downer (Murdoch Hill)
Michela Lubbers (Merivale)
Millie Gosney (Arc Dining)
Morgan Golledge (Hellenika)

Natasha Janetzki (Bibendum)
Ned Goodwin (Freelance)
Nick Ryan (The Australian)
Nick Spencer (Nick Spencer Wines)
Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)
Nikki Friedli (Africola)
Olivia Evans (Fleet)
Pat Sullivan (Patrick Sullivan)
Penny Grant (Ghanem Group)
Peter Windrim (Supernatural Cellars)
Philip Rich (Lucas Group)
Pip Anderson (MONA)
Randall Pollard (Heart & Soil)
Ricky Evans (Two Tonne Tasmania)
Roberta Muir (Freelance)
Russ Berry (Consultant)
Ryan Larkin (Larkin Imports)
Sam McCue (Gourmet Traveller)
Samantha Teague (Concrete Playground)
Sarah Norris (Broadsheet)
Seb Crowther (Real Wines)
Shanteh Wong (Quay)
Shun Eto (Ovolo)
Simon Killeen (Simao & Co)
Simone Madden-Grey (Happy Wine Woman)
Sophie Otton (Le Pan)
Steven Crawford (Frederick Stevenson)
Sue Dyson (Freelance)
Taras Ochota (Ochota Barrels)
Tom Carson (Yabby Lake)
Tony Harper (Craft Wine Store)
Virginia Selleck (Magnum & Queens)
Virginia Willcock (Vasse Felix)
Yoko Luscher-Mostert (Brave New Wine)

Past results
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  • Ester Ester

  • New South Wales Chippendale

  • 2018 Top 50
    2019 Top 50

  • XO XO

  • ACT Narrabundah

  • 2018 Top 50

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