Terms & Conditions

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these terms and conditions.



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Terms & Conditions


Information on how to enter, plus the Awards and Prizes, form part of these terms and conditions. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these conditions. Entries must comply with these conditions to be valid.


Details and information on Awards Launch, Entry Date and Close Date are available at Enter Awards at  www.winelistoftheyear.cn


Entry is open to licensed on-premise venues across China. Entrants must be 18 years of age or over and submit the completed Entry Form, plus 1 x electronic copy of each of their Menu and Wine List (collated). Full entry details and information on how to enter are available at www.winelistoftheyear.cn


China’s Wine List of the Year

Includes the Award for the Sommelier most responsible for the winning Wine List of the Year

  • China’s Wine List of the Year – Mainland China
  • China’s Wine List of the Year – Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan
  • The Outstanding Sommelier of the Year – Mainland China
  • The Outstanding Sommelier of the Year – Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan
  • China’s Outstanding F&B Director/Manager/Owner – Mainland China
  • China’s Outstanding F&B Director/Manager/Owner – Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan

One winner of each Regional Award

  • Best Wine List – Eastern China
  • Best Wine List – Northern China
  • Best Wine List – Western China
  • Best Wine List – Southern China
  • Best Wine List – Hong Kong SRA
  • Best Wine List – Macau SRA
  • Best Wine List – Taiwan

Class of Trade/Channel Category – One Choice only

  • Best Independent Restaurant List
  • Best Hotel Restaurant List
  • Best Wine Bar List
  • Best Club List

Specialist Category – Multiple choices, if applicable

  • Best New List (opened for less than 1 year)
  • Best Small/Medium List (list of 100 wines maximum)
  • Best Wines By The Glass List
  • Best Food & Wine Matching List
  • Best Champagne List
  • Best Listing of Chinese Wines & Spirits
  • Best Sake List
  • Best Aperitif List
  • Best Digestif List
  • Best Beer List
  • Best Airline Wine List
  • Best Luxury Fine Wine Cellar List


An expert Judging Panel and International Supreme Panel comprised of Judges from China and around the world with expertise in the wine, food and hospitality industries will judge the entries. All entries will be judged individually on their merits based on content, balance, suitability, presentation and pricing of the wines on their wine lists. For further information on the criteria used for judging by the Panels visit www.winelistoftheyear.cn


The Judging Panel is made up of qualified and respected sommeliers, Masters of Wine and wine commentators, from China and overseas. The Chinese Judging Panel itself is divided into four, to ensure no judge is judging a list that comes from where they live. These International and Chinese Panels have the responsibility to judge every single list independently and determine the finalists.

Each establishment across China will have been judged by at least two Judges independently and given a rating. The best will receive either three glasses (Very Highly Recommended), two glasses (Highly Recommended), or one glass (Recommended).

Regional winners will be those establishments scoring highest points in each region, regardless of the Category in which they enter. Category winners will be those establishments scoring highest points in each Category, regardless of the Region from which they come. Each of the Categories will have a national winner. This will be awarded to the establishment scoring the highest points.


To maintain the impartiality of the judging process, there is then a final round of judging where the top lists are rated by the International Supreme Panel. This Supreme Panel includes the Judging Panel as well as a distinguished group of experts from China and around the World

This Supreme Panel is comprised of some of the world’s most respected experts in Wine, Wine Service, and Wine Commentary. They include Master Sommeliers, including the Founder of the Court of Master Sommeliers and CEO in Europe, a former Decanter Magazine Man of the Year and a previous Best Sommelier in the World, and a former Best Sommelier in Asia-Oceania, plus Masters of Wine and Wine Commentators from some of the most respected publications both in China and around the World. It is these international voices of wine authority that will oversee the final selection of China’s finest lists and guarantee their recognition on the world stage.

The Panel, International Supreme Panel and the Chairmen’s decisions are final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. A Category Award will only be issued where the judges determine one is merited.

Award winners and other results of the judging will be published online at www.winelistoftheyear.cn. Winners will be presented with their Awards at an Awards Presentation.


Entries not completed in accordance with these terms and conditions or entries received later than the closing date may not be accepted. The Panel’s and/or the Promoter’s decision in relation to any aspect of the competition is final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into. The Promoter assumes no responsibility for any failure to receive an entry or for inaccurate information or for any loss, damage or injury as a result of technical or telecommunications problems, including security breaches. If such problems arise, then the Promoter may (where necessary with the approval of the relevant lottery authority) modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the promotion.


Entrants may be subject to a random audit by a representative of China’s Wine List of the Year Awards and/or an independent firm of Chartered Accountants in order to verify the entrant’s submitted wine list matches with the entrant’s wine cellar and/or order records.


There will be one winner in each of the Seven Regions and one in each of the Categories, whereby the judges deem there is a suitable candidate. The highest point scoring entrants of each Region and Category will be eligible for the ‘China’s Wine List of the Year Award’.

The ‘China’s Wine List of the Year Award’ will be decided by the full panel of all the Chinese and International judges.


The two overall winners of the China’s Wine List of the Year Awards will receive a cellar of wines from the wine sponsors and in addition to the publicity and accolades, the two award winners of China’s Best Wine Lists also receive a beautiful, specially engraved wine cooler for their establishment and a framed certificate.

All taxes which may be payable as a consequence of receiving a prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. Prizes are not transferable and are not redeemable for cash. In the event that any prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond the Promoter’s control, the Promoter may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

The prizes are subject to the terms and conditions of any third party prize suppliers. The Promoter shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage or injury suffered by any winner as a result of the conduct of any third party prize supplier or otherwise as a result of the winner accepting and/or using a prize (even if caused by negligence), except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. Before the “China’s Wine List of the Year Award” prize is awarded, the winner and any other person/s sharing the prize with the winner may be required to sign a form to release the Promoter from, and indemnify the Promoter against, any and all liability arising from the use or participation in the prize.


The Promoter reserves the right to request verification or other details of winners relevant to entry into or participation in this promotion. Verification is at the discretion of the Promoter, whose decision is final. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any individual or venue that provides false information, fails to provide information, conspires with others to gain an unfair advantage or who is otherwise involved in any way in manipulating, interfering or tampering with this promotion.

Entrants confirm and promise that their entry is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.

By participating, entrants agree that ownership of any intellectual property rights in their entry is assigned to the Promoter. The entrant agrees to sign any further documentation required by the Promoter to give effect to this assignment. To the extent permitted by applicable law, entrants unconditionally and irrevocably consent to any act or omission that would otherwise infringe any moral rights in any materials submitted as part of their entry and waive all moral rights in such materials.

Entrants will be refused service of alcohol or provision of an alcoholic beverage prize if it would breach any relevant laws, codes or policies including those of the relevant liquor licensee relating to the responsible service of alcohol. The Promoter supports the responsible service of alcohol.

Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in the event that they are a winner in any media for an unlimited period of time without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this promotion (including any outcome).

Entries remain the property of the Promoter. Details from entries will be collected and used for the purposes of conducting this promotion (which may include disclosure to third parties for the purpose of processing and conducting the promotion) and for promotional purposes surrounding this promotion. By entering this promotion entrants consent to the use of their information as described and agree that the Promoter may use this information, or disclose it to other organisations that may use it, in any media for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes without any further reference or payment to the entrant. Entrants may access, change and/or update their personal information and obtain a copy of the Promoter’s privacy policy by contacting the Promoter at www.winelistoftheyear.cn

The Promoter is – Wine List of the Year Awards, 10 Arthur Street, Killara, NSW, 2071

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