Which Airline Has The Best Wine List For Passengers?

Posted: Feb 21, 2019

There is good news for wine buffs who are flying with Qantas, as the Australian airline has scoped six gold medals in an annual wine awards ceremony for airlines. The Cellars in the Sky annual awards began in 1985 and are run by Business Traveller, and they recognise the best business and first class wines served by airlines worldwide.

A total of 33 airlines entered this year’s awards ceremony, which saw Qantas taking the gold medal for best overall cellar at a ceremony in London. It also took the top spot in the first class cellar and white wine categories and business class fortified/dessert wine category, as well as having the best presented first-class wine list. It shared the top spot in the best first class sparkling wine category with Air France and Cathay Pacific.

Cathay Pacific also took the top spot in the best business class red wine category, and Malaysia Airlines won for its first class red wine list. Qatar Airways took the top spot in the business class sparkling wine category, while ANA won for its first class fortified/dessert wine list. British Airways was awarded the gold medal for its business class cellar. In a victory for budget airlines, Jetblue came first in the business class white category.

Four judges conducted blind tastings of 240 bottles of wine over the course of two days in London to choose the winners. Oneworld won the best airline alliance, and while the coveted award for best overall cellar went to Qantas, Cathay Pacific was awarded the silver medal, ANA and Qatar Airways received bronze and American Airlines was highly-commended.

By Andrea Smith
February 21, 2019
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