A Canberra restaurant that often comes to mind when thinking about exceptional wines, it came as no shock to many when Rizla was named Best Wine List (100 wines) in Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards held in Sydney last week.

Judged on the quality and value of wines, ease of presentation and suitability for the venue, Rizla’s handpicked local and international list including its famous extensive Riesling selection has now been named among the best in the country.

“These awards really are incredible to just be a part of and considered for,” says Owner, Andy Day.

“An absolute honour and a bit shocked to take out a gong. I love our list, but it’s pretty niche with such a big focus on Riesling. It’s struck a chord though with the community and now the awards are jumping on board too, which is great. A nice little confidence boost for the team too.”

Major winners on the night were Barangaroo’s Cirrus in Sydney and sommeliers Nick Nilderbrandt and Polly Macharel who took out Australia’s Wine List of the Year for their 1200 wine list at the fine dining harbourside establishment.

Other local winners included Italian & Sons who took home ACT Wine List of the Year for the third year, and Brunello for Best Listing of ACT Wines.

For the full list of finalists and winners, head to Australia’s Wine List of the Year.