Two international wine awards for The Rees Hotel Queenstown




The Rees Hotel Queenstown has again scooped up two major international wine awards for its True South Wine List Dining Room.

True South, one of New Zealand’s exclusive top tier restaurants, has been awarded a “2017 Wine Spectator Award” by US wine and hospitality magazine, ‘Wine Spectator’, for its wine programme for an amazing sixth consecutive year. Additionally, True South Dining Room’s wine list has achieved a two-star award in the “World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists for 2017”.

The internationally acclaimed Wine Spectator’s annual Excellence Awards recognise a wine list of 100 or more quality wine selections that thematically match a restaurant’s cuisine.

The World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists are designed to highlight excellent and interesting wine lists on a global scale. The judging criteria focuses on the breadth, depth, quality, interest and more, rather than simply length, to determine the winning lists, which then receive an esteemed one-, two- or three-star award.

True South Dining Room has an exclusive library of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines with vintages selected from many of the great houses. Wines from world-renowned châteaux such as Romanée-Conti, Château d’Yquem, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild and Lynch-Bages nestle with some of the great wines of Central Otago, New Zealand, Australia and Italy in the professionally managed, temperature-controlled wine cellar servicing the hotel and restaurant’s Bordeau Wine Lounge.

Mark Rose, The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s general manager, says it’s the restaurant’s ability to match exquisite wine with fresh local dishes in addition to an holistic wine programme – which includes tastings, wine pairing and the True South Culinary Series events – that distinguishes the restaurant internationally for these awards. True South Dining celebrates their ongoing support of local vineyards through their Culinary Series dinners held throughout the year.

This will be the sixth consecutive year that the Queenstown restaurant has received accolades for its fine dining and wine list. The restaurant was been a Wine Spectator award winner each year since 2012 and a World of Fine Wine award winner since 2014.

Executive Chef Ben Batterbury has been similarly internationally recognised for his cuisine by a variety of awards since 2012 including the NZ Beef & Lamb Excellence Awards, the Ora King Salmon Awards and Australia/New Zealand/ Pacific HM Awards, hosted annually by Australia’s ‘HM Magazine’.




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