Most Original Wine List in the World

2020 winner

The Most Original Wine List category showcases lists that have an unusual selection of wines or a particular personality that shapes them. The successful lists demonstrate not only a profound understanding of the wines, but a clear vision reflecting the experience and passion of their creators. The World’s Best Wine Lists criteria of breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, design, and value still apply when making an assessment, but originality clearly assumes a higher importance.


Based in Tanunda, South Australia, fermentAsian is an award-winning Vietnamese restaurant created by chef owner Tuoi Do. The food at FermentAsian has its roots firmly entrenched in Tuio’s Vietnamese heritage and that of her parents who arrived in the Barossa Valley in March 2010. Tuio believes in supporting local producers especially those producers who share her ethical beliefs. Many of the vegetables and herbs that are intrinsic to Vietnamese cuisine and that feature in the menu,particularly the pungent herbs, come from her family’s home gardens. The restaurant offers a Chef’s Table menu as well as an a la Carte menu. The wine list is innovative and noted as serving ‘as a beacon to pilgrims of the palate whose questing brings them to the Barossa in search of vinous exploration, evocation and education.’ The list is instructive and offers a wide scope and diversity of international wines as well as featuring those from the surrounding Barossa region.

90 Murray Street, Tanunda, South Australia 5352, Australia  

Runner-Up - Most Original Wine List in the World - 2020