Qantas awarded Best Cellar in the Sky
At the annual Business Traveller 'Cellars in the Sky Awards' on 3 February 2014, Qantas won five of the 13 awards, and has now won more awards than any other carrier for the fifth year running.
As well as being awarded Gold for the coveted award of Best Overall Wine Cellar, Qantas was also awarded Gold in the following categories;
- Best First Class Cellar - Gold
- Best First Class White - Gold for Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, 2009, Margaret River, Australia
- Best First Class Sparkling - Gold for Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, 2000, France
- Best Business Class Cellar - Gold
Qantas was awarded Silver in the following categories;
- Best First Class Fortified/Dessert Wine - Silver for Seppeltsfield Paramount Rare Tokay NV, Australia
- Best Presented First Class Wine List - Silver
- Best Business Class Red - Silver for Best's Great Western Bin One Shiraz, 2011, Victoria, Australia
- Best Business Class Sparkling - Silver for Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV, France;
- Best Business Class Fortified / Dessert Wine - Silver for Lillypilly Noble Blend Family Reserve 2008, New South Wales, Australia
The annual Business Traveller 'Cellars in the Sky' awards have been running since 1985. Judging is carried out over two days in a series of blind tastings.
The judges for the 2013 awards were;
- Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge and food and wine matching guru;
- Peter McCombie, Master of Wine and top restaurant wine consultant;
- Robert Joseph, author and wine critic;
- Richard Bampfield, Master of Wine and wine consultant.
The judges give each wine a score out of 100, and take into consideration that tannins and acidity are accentuated in flight.
All airlines are welcome to enter up to a maximum of two reds, two whites, one sparkling and one Fortified/dessert wine in both the Business and First class categories.
Members of our Frequent Flyer program can purchase many of Qantas' First and Business award-winning wines when they join Qantas epiQure.