2015 Tasmanian Wine List Awards winners announced

Awarded venues included Henry's Restaurant and the Ball & Chain Grill

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Henry Jones Art Hotel restaurant, Hobart


Henry's Restaurant at the Henry Jones Art Hotel and the Ball & Chain Grill at Salamanca have been announced as the recipients of the 2015 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Awards.

In 2014, Wine Tasmania and the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) partnered on a new award to recognise licensed Tasmanian businesses supportingand promoting the local wine sector as part of the THA's annual Awards for Excellence.

The Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award aims to encourage licensed premises to feature the island's outstanding wines as part of their overall offering and recognises those businesses offering significant support to local wine producers.

At the THA's Awards for Excellence Gala Evening on 24 August 2015, Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies announced the Judge's Choice as Henry's Restaurant and the People's Choice as the Ball & Chain Grill.

The judging was undertaken via a two stage process - an independent panel comprising Graeme Lynch (independent Chair of Wine Tasmania), wine writers Graeme Phillips and Winsor Dobbin and Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies reviewed the 16 applications, selected their winning venue and shortlisted eleven venues. The finalist venues were then promoted for a period of six weeks, with the public encouraged to vote for their favourite.

"The response to this initiative has been very positive and it's great to see so many businesses recognising the outstanding wines produced in Tasmania and promoting them as part of their business offering", said Ms Davies.

"The awards consider not just the number of Tasmanian wines on a wine list, but also the depth and diversity of the wine range, the structure, accuracy and professionalism of the wine list as well as staff training and wine knowledge."

"Tasmanian wines are increasingly being recognised around the world for their quality, and more people are choosing to visit Tasmania specifically for our wine and food. Having a wide range of Tasmanian wines available at restaurants, cafés, wine bars, clubs and hotels is an important part of the overall tourism experience."

Ms Davies recognised the other finalists - Black Cow, Drunken Admiral, Grape Bar & Bottleshop, Mures Upper Deck, Stillwater, The Source, The Terrace, The Ugly Duck Out and Twelve Stones, noting that it was a particularly strong field of finalists and acknowledging them all for their support of the local wine sector.

Further details on the 2015 Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award are available on Wine Tasmania's website at www.winetasmania.com.au/2015TasWineList »

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