wijnkaart wedstrijd: 2021 Netherlands Star Wine List of the Year

by Marja Brouwer

Star Wine List's journey to celebrate great wine lists around the world continues to the Netherlands. On 16 Feb 2021 we will announce the winners, decided by the jury with some of the world's best sommeliers. The winners in the Netherlands will qualify for the global final in Vienna in May 2021, hosted by Austrian Wine.

Star Wine List of the Year is the wine list competition that has previously been held in the Nordic countries. Now Star Wine List is taking the event global and the winners in different countries will qualify for our Global Final in Vienna in May 2021, hosted by Austrian Wine. 
All venues currently on Star Wine List's guide to great wine bars and wine restaurants in the Netherlands are automatically entered, free of charge. All other venues are also welcome to enter their wine lists before the deadline, 31 January 2021 (see below for details and rules)

Star Wine List of the Year is usually presented live, but this year it will be an online event. Date and time: 16 February 2021, 15:00.

Several of the world's most prominent sommeliers are part of the Star Wine List jury:

Paz Levinson, Best sommelier of Argentina and the Americas

Pascaline Lepeltier, 2018 Best Sommelier of France

Raimonds Tomsons, 2017 Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa

Marc Almert, 2019 Best Sommelier of the World

Lu Yang MS, Best Sommelier of China and China's only Master Sommelier

Arvid Rosengren, 2016 Best Sommelier of the World

Local judges, impartial and experienced, may be added by Star Wine List.


The jury will vote independently for their favorites considering width, depth, originality and

value. The jurys' votes are then added up to decide the finalists and the winners.


Grand Prix

Best Austrian Wine List, presented by Austrian Wine

By the Glass

Special Jury Price, for wine lists that do something out of the ordinary

Best Short Wine List, for lists with less than 250 references.

More categories will be announced before the competition date.

The category winners in Netherlands will qualify for the Global final of Star Wine List of the Year. It will be held in Vienna in May 2021, hosted by Austrian Wine. One sommelier per venue will be invited to the final in Vienna.

The winner of the Austrian wine list category gets an all-inclusive invitation with flight and hotel for one sommelier to Vienna for the event.

The competition is free to enter for venues as it is financed by sponsoring partners. The partners may invite their favorite venues to enter the competition, just like anyone else, but the partners have no influence over the finalists and winners - this is entirely up to the jury.


Deadline is 31 January 2021.

Venues on Star Wine List are automatically entered, free of charge, if we have an updated wine list from the venue.

For venues not listed by Star Wine List: Simply send your wine list by email to Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. along with name and address of the venue. This is free of charge.

Please note that the wine lists entered into the competition have to be regularly available to guests at the venue, either physically, digitally or on Star Wine List. Special wine lists prepared only for the competition will not be accepted. The wine lists must reflect the real availability of wine at the venue, and this may be checked with random spot checks, either live or by video call. We reserve the right to refuse wine lists we deem to break any of our rules, without explanation or right to appeal. A venue or person breaking the rules may be barred from all SWL competitions for three years.