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WINE Tasmania and the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) have partnered on a new award to recognise Tasmanian businesses who support the local wine sector.

The inaugural Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award was recently launched as part of the THA’s 2014 awards for excellence.

The Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award aims to encourage licensed premises to feature the island’s outstanding wines as part of its overall offering.

Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies encouraged applications for the inaugural Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award.

“Tasmanian wines are receiving increasing recognition for their quality around the world, collecting top international wine show awards and with international commentators recognising our wines as rivalling the world’s best,” she said.

“We know that many restaurants and licensed premises around Tasmania are very supportive of local wines, and this award aims to recognise and reward their support.

“The Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award will also encourage visitation to venues that are supporting local wines.”

The award examines the wine offering of licensed venues, with Tasmanian wines to represent at least a third of wines offered by the glass.

Applicants are also asked about any features of their wine list, such as the depth and diversity of the Tasmanian wine offering, and any staff training or education programs that support wine knowledge and professional service.

The award is open to all licensed premises that are members of the THA.

The Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award will be judged through two mechanisms. The expert’s choice will be selected by an expert judging panel, which will also select a number of finalists.

All finalists will then be widely promoted, with the people’s choice winner being based on voting by members of the public who are encouraged to visit the finalist venues to vote.

Tasmania Hospitality Association general manager Steve Old said “we are very excited to be collaborating with Wine Tasmania on this new addition to our awards for excellence”.

“Wine is an integral part of the Hospitality experience and we want to recognise and commend venues supporting the local Tasmanian wine sector.

“This year the Tasmanian Hospitality Association is celebrating 175 years. We look forward to formally recognising those businesses who have a passion for showcasing Tasmanian wines as part of their offer to customers whilst celebrating this prestigious event for our Association.”

Davies said the expert’s choice and people’s choice venues would be promoted by Wine Tasmania, including profiles in the 2015 Tasmanian Wine Routes publication and on the Wine Tasmania website, with the winning venues able to use the Wine Tasmania “award of excellence” logo on menus and promotional material.

The nomination details and form for the Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award are available on Wine Tasmania’s website: www.winetasmania.com.au.

For further information contact Sheralee Davies on 0407 004 959.