A palatial hotel in Vienna with a wine cellar treasure trove that boasts 60,000 bottles and a menu that numbers 138 pages has taken the title of world’s best wine list.
Of the 4,000 wine lists considered from around the world, Palais Coburg in Austria took the top spot in The World of Fine Wine’s inaugural World’s Best Wine Lists for what judges described as a cellar that’s “almost dauntingly complete, completely eye-boggling and jaw-dropping.”
The ultra-luxurious, five-star palace boasts a wine collection that spans six themed cellars — France, Old World, New World, Champagne, Yquem and Rarities — and bottles that date as far back as 1727.
With 30,000 bottles, the French cellar makes up the hotel’s largest archive. One of their most valuable bottles is the double magnum 1865 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.
It’s not the first time the Viennese hotel has been recognized for its impressive wine list. “Wine Spectator” also bestowed the palace the Grand Award.
Wine cellar tours and tastings are also available.
Overall, 750 restaurants were awarded one to three stars and 225 were given top scores.
In North America, New York restaurant Hearth was given a three out of three-star rating and took the regional award for best wine list.
The city also dominated the list of top-scoring wine lists, with 36 restaurants boasting all three stars, followed by London (17 three-starred wine lists), San Francisco, Chicago and Melbourne.
Restaurant Petrus at the Shangri-La hotel in Hong Kong took the regional award for best wine list in Asia, while Brazil’s Taste-Vin, Australia’s Royal Mail Hotel and South Africa’s Rust en Vrede earned top accolades for their respective regions.
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