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October 9, 2019updated Dec 20, 2023

The World of Fine Wine Announces Best Wine Lists 2019

By Alex Martin

The World of Fine Wine announces the 2019 World’s Best Wine Lists Award winners / ©The World of Fine Wine

The World’s Best Wine Lists Awards for 2019 have been revealed by The World of Fine Wine. South Africa’s Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient is the biggest winner of this year’s list after receiving the honor of Wine List of the Year, Best Hotel Wine List in the World, and Champions’ League World’s Best By-the-Glass Wine List 2019.

Now in its sixth edition, the annual World’s Best Wine Lists are renowned as the Michelin stars of the wine list world. This year’s expert judging panel was chaired by World of Fine Wine editor, Neil Beckett, and made up of esteemed sommeliers and established writers.

They assessed over 1,000 wine lists from some of the top restaurants in the world to determine the shortlist. The nominees were then put through an intensive judging process that scrutinized a range of criteria including breadth, depth, interest, quality, value, clarity and accuracy.

Time and again, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient came up trumps and was named champion in three major categories. Hidden in the Crocodile River Valley in the lush Francolin Conservancy, The Orient Hotel is considered to be one of South Africa’s finest hotels and Restaurant Mosaic is held in similar esteem.

As well as an outstanding and creative menu, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient also boasts a superb modern wine list containing over 5,000 selections. The judges described the list as “a phenomenal list that is a joy to explore”.

There was also success for Eleven Maddison Park (Third in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants 2019), which won the Champions’ League World’s Best Wine List and the Champions’ League Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List.

The winners were selected by an expert judging panel / ©The World of Fine Wine

A selection of winners

Wine List of the Year

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient,

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