World's best sommeliers head to Melbourne for The World's 50 Best Restaurants

The panel of experts choose the wine for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, (L-R) Mike Bennie, Franck Moreau, Andrea Frost, Dan Simms and Sebastian Crowther.

Industry body, Wine Australia, has announced today that it has invited the best sommeliers in the world to discover Australia’s wine offering as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, being held in Melbourne in April.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants have partnered with Tourism Australia to bring the renowned event to Australian shores, where world-leading culinary influencers, chefs, restaurateurs, and media will gather to celebrate the very best in global gastronomy. The overall event program and awards will showcase Australia’s outstanding food and wine culture to an international audience of industry professionals and food lovers.

Wine Australia will host the world’s leading sommeliers at the same time. The large group will include sommeliers from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the Best Sommelier in the World competition and top sommeliers in New Zealand and Australia.

Andreas Clark, CEO, Wine Australia says, "This event presents a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with sommeliers who are at the top of their game and showcase the sophistication and diversity of Australian wine, alongside our unique produce.

"This will be the first time we have so many of the world’s best and most influential sommeliers in the country at the same time. We look forward to immersing them in our dynamic wine culture and hope they walk away with a refreshed perspective and love of Australian wine."

The sommeliers will participate in a dedicated program designed by Wine Australia and experience all that the culinary capital of Melbourne has to offer during the awards, which coincides with the 25th Anniversary of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The trip will also include a visit to some of Australia’s acclaimed wine regions to discover more about Australian wine and meet the winemakers.

As Official Wine Partner of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Wine Australia has selected a panel of renowned Australian wine experts to choose the wines being served across the official program of events.

The panel has been designed to capture a wealth of experience and diversity in the wine sector with members including Franck Moreau, MS, wine writer Mike Bennie and Andrew Calliard, MW.

‘The panel will play an important role using its expertise to ensure a range of our finest wines are presented at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ events. It is no small task to choose from so many fantastic Australian wines and each bottle will be carefully considered to match the style and menus being created for the events’, says Andreas Clark.

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says, "We could not be more delighted to be partnering with Wine Australia for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 event program. Wine is a key aspect of the overall gastronomic experience and Australia boasts some of the finest wine producers in the world, so this collaboration makes perfect sense. We are also thrilled that Wine Australia will be welcoming many of the world’s leading sommeliers to Melbourne and to our awards on 5 April."

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants program will run from 1–8 April 2017. For further information about Wine Australia, please visit