Best Long Wine List in the World

The World’s Best Wine Lists is the first such awards program to acknowledge the crucial importance of a good wine selection regardless of size. But there is clearly the potential for greater breadth and depth in longer lists, and this category of Best Long Wine List assesses those that feature more than 500 wines (at 75cl bottle-size). These longer wine lists enable sommeliers to set out collections of wine that have been made over many decades in some instances, featuring in-depth selections and providing a comprehensive choice of wine regions, styles, and grape varieties. They are the restaurants that every wine lover would want to visit for a special occasion and as often as possible, in order to explore the variety of wines on offer. Judges consider the criteria of breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, design, and value when reaching their decision.  

Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld - Global Winner 2021

The Royal Mail Hotel, located in Dunkeld, Victoria, is renowned for it’s fine dining based on the exceptional produce grown the Royal Mail Hotel Kitchen Garden, the largest working restaurant kitchen garden in Australia that benefit from in Dunkeld’s micro-climate. Daily, Executive Chef, Robin Wickens and his team of chefs harvest produce that inspires the menu from the orchards, olive groves and extensive organic kitchen garden, which grows more than 400 edible species per year.

The Wickens’ signature dining experience is an eight-course Chef’s Tasting menu with matched wines. In addition, a five-course tasting menu and vegetarian and vegan Chef’s Tasting menus are also available. The sommeliers provide three wine matches: a five-course French Collection wine match, offering a selection of French wines that showcases the breadth and depth of the Royal Mail Hotel wine cellar, the Australian wine match and the cellar wine match. The Royal Mail Hotel’s collection has been steadily built over the past 40 years by Royal Mail Hotel owner Allan Myers and features wines from every major wine region in the world, including Australia’s leading collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Each bottle has been carefully selected for its quality and longevity and looked after in temperature-controlled rooms. Guests of the Royal Mail Hotel are invited to join their sommeliers on a daily tour of their acclaimed wine cellar, which holds an impressive 25,000 bottles across 3,700 different labels. Wickens was the Regional Winner for Australasia.


Address: 98 Parker Street, Dunkeld, 3294 VIC, Australia


Regional Winners - Best Long Wine List in the World 2021

Global and Regional Winners - Best Long Wine List in the World 2020