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Star Wine List Celebrates Top Wine Lists in Belgium – Here Are the Finalists

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October 19th – On November 12, Star Wine List will celebrate the great wine lists of Belgium for the first time, in Antwerp. The international sommelier jury has now decided the finalists. 

Star Wine List of the Year is a celebration of the great wine lists in the world and the teams behind them. In Belgium, the prize is awarded in ten categories, and the winner in each category will also qualify for the International Final in 2024. The jury is done deliberating, and the finalists have been selected. 

“It’s the first time we are celebrating the great wine lists and sommelier teams of Belgium and we are grateful to be hosted by the Belgian sommelier guild. The standard is clearly very high and we can’t wait to share the results soon, ” says Krister Bengtsson, founder and publisher of Star Wine List.

About the jury

  • The jury for the Star Wine List of the Year Belgium 2023 comprises of: 
  • Julie Dupouy-Young, Best Sommelier of Ireland several times
  • Ronan Sayburn Master Sommelier
  • Piotr Pietras Master Sommelier
  • Antoine Lehebel, Best Sommelier of Belgium 2014

Finalists

Grand Prix
The best list overall, a category presented by Premium Estates of Austria
To be announced at the event

Best Long Wine List
The best large wine list, with more than 600 references

  • Boury, Roeselare
  • d’Oude Schuur, Sint-Martens-Latem
  • L’Air du Temps, Liernu
  • La Table de Maxime, Our
  • Paul de Pierre, Maarkedal
  • Restaurant Marcel, Antwerp
  • Restaurant Sans Cravate, Bruges
  • Terminus, Watou

Best Medium-Sized List
The best wine list with 200-600 listings

  • Bozar Restaurant, Brussels
  • Convento, Leuven
  • Pazzo, Antwerp
  • Racines Bruxelles, Brussels
  • Racines Floreffe, Floreffe
  • Restaurant Hert, Turnhout
  • Restaurant Imprévu by De Barrier, Houthalen-Helchteren
  • The Butcher’s Son, Antwerp

Best Short List
The best wine list with fewer than 200 listings

  • Barge, Brussels
  • Commune, Beervelde
  • InVINcible, Antwerp
  • Restaurant Terroir, Gierle
  • Ta-nnin, Antwerp
  • Vintage, Kontich
  • Vrijmoed, Gent

Best By the Glass List
The best wine list by the glass, a category presented by Young Charly

  • Paul de Pierre, Maarkedal
  • Racines Bruxelles, Brussels
  • Restaurant Imprévu by De Barrier, Houthalen-Helchteren
  • Restaurant Marcel, Antwerp
  • Tablàvins, Knokke-Heist
  • Vrijmoed, Gent
  • Zilte, Antwerp

Best Sparkling Wine List
The best list with sparkling wine, a category presented by Nyetimber

  • Convento, Leuven
  • d’Oude Schuur, Sint-Martens-Latem
  • L’Air du Temps, Liernu
  • Le Chalet de la Forêt, Uccle
  • Paul de Pierre, Maarkedal
  • Restaurant Sans Cravate, Bruges
  • Terminus, Watou
  • Vin d’Où, Antwerp
  • Zilte, Antwerp

Best Austrian Wine List
The best wine list with Austrian wine, a category presented by Austrian Wine

  • Boury, Roeselare
  • Ona, Gent
  • Paul de Pierre, Maarkedal
  • Restaurant Imprévu by De Barrier, Houthalen-Helchteren
  • Restaurant Sans Cravate, Bruges
  • Terminus, Watou

Best California Wine List
The best wine list with wines from California

  • Boury, Roeselare
  • Convento, Leuven
  • Ona, Gent
  • Paul de Pierre, Maarkedal
  • Restaurant Marcel, Antwerp
  • Terminus, Watou

Sustainable Wine List
Not only the wine list is evaluated, but also the stated actions of the venue

  • Convento, Leuven
  • Ona, Gent
  • Racines Floreffe, Floreffe

Best Newcomer List
For a venue that recently opened

  • Commune, Beervelde
  • HET ARCHIEF, Antwerp
  • Ona, Gent
  • Restaurant Imprévu by De Barrier, Houthalen-Helchteren
  • Restaurant Terroir, Gierle
  • Wijnbistro Goddaard, Antwerp

Star Wine List is the award-winning guide to great wine bars and wine restaurants around the world. It is available as an app and on www.starwinelist.com. It was launched in Stockholm (Sweden) in 2017, and is now live in more than 35 countries in the world. All venues are selected by top wine professionals.

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