Cellars in the Sky - Qantas

Qantas Inflight Wine List and Australian Winemakers Voted Best in Cellars in the Sky Awards 2024

The Annual Cellars in the Sky Awards has awarded Qantas a record 13 medals this year, including best overall cellar. The awards recognise the airline’s focus on promoting the range and quality of Australian winemakers with wine selections featuring a range of wine varietals and coming from well-known heritage vineyards as well as emerging boutique wineries.

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“We are proud to showcase Australian wines on the world stage and the recognition at this year’s Cellars in the Sky Awards shows that Australia punches above its weight when it comes to the fantastic quality of our wine.  Frequent Flyers tell us they enjoy discovering their new favourite wine onboard a Qantas flight as they are often more curious and eager to trying new wines when travelling.” 

Master Sommelier Sebastian Crowther

Every year, Master Sommelier Sebastian Crowther, a group of three Qantas Neil Perry Sommeliers and three Qantas Sommeliers in the Sky blind taste around 1,800 bottles of wine during the airline’s annual ‘wine week’ to select the vintages and varietals that are then offered to travellers across the Qantas domestic and international network. Travellers on Qantas consume millions of bottles of wine every year. The airline is also one of the largest wine purchasers in Australia, with over 250 different wines sourced from 150 different Australian producers. Travellers can purchase wines enjoyed during their flight through Qantas Wine, including the mini bottles in Economy.

The Cellars in the Sky Awards has been running since 1985, recognising the best red, white, sparkling and fortified and dessert inflight Business and First Class wine lists of 30 global airlines.

Full List of Qantas Awards

Best Overall CellarGold
Best First Class CellarGold
Best Business Class CellarGold
Best First Class SparklingGold: Qantas – Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, 2008, France 
Best First Class WineGold: Qantas – Tolpuddle Chardonnay, 2021, Tasmania, Australia 
Silver: Qantas – Penfolds Reserve Bin 18A, 2018, Australia 
Best First Class RedGold: Qantas – Penfolds RWT Bin 798 Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2018, Australia 
Best First Class FortifiedGold: Qantas – Morris of Rutherglen Old Premium Rare Topaque, NV, Australia 
Best Business Class SparklingSilver: Qantas – Champagne Duval Leroy Femme de Champagne, 2002, France 
Best Business Class WhiteGold: Qantas – Flametree S.R.S Chardonnay, 2022, Margaret River, Australia 
Best Business Class RedGold: Qantas – Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz, 2022, Australia 
Gold: Qantas – Dalwhinnie Mesa Shiraz, 2020, Australia 
Best Business Class FortifiedBronze: Qantas – Baileys of Glenrowan Founders Series Classic Muscat, Australia 
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