Best Regional Wine List Outside Region

2020 winner

Many establishments seek to introduce the aromas and flavors of another country or region to their guests, having fallen in love with those wines for many and varied reasons. This category of Best Regional Wine List Outside the Region enables the Judges to celebrate those who build close relationships with a country’s or region’s wine producers, despite their physical distance. The successful lists demonstrate profound knowledge and understanding, as well as regional traits that enhance the dining experience in interesting ways. While these lists promote a particular country or region, Judges still consider the criteria of breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, design, and value.

Atrio Restaurant Hotel, Spain (for France)

Atrio is located in the historic city of Cáceres, in Extremadura, Spain, an old town centre designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. The building that houses the restaurant and hotel is a brilliant fusion of traditional architectural and modern aesthetics. The co-owners, Juan Antonio Pérez and José Polo, have created an international culinary landmark with a locally influenced, honest, but refined menu. The listing is beautifully and clearly presented, but is also full of genuinely informative notes and background material on the world’s wine regions; it’s a pleasure to read and browse from. As the World of Fine Wine Judges have put it, “Atrio’s list immediately strikes you as being a beautifully designed book (that one would happily display on one’s coffee table) rather than a wine list. It contains explanations, history, and original photography—it’s a special list.” More importantly of course, it also contains some great wines, a superb spread of top Spanish producers, and a no less intelligent choice of French and German bottles including some quite impressive verticals. The World of Fine Wine judges commended the list for its excellent collection of sherry and sparkling wines.

Plaza de San Mateo 1, 10003 Cáceres, Extramadura, Spain   

Runner-Up - Best Regional Wine List outside Region - 2020