Qantas has been named as the airline offering the best on-board wines in first and business class overall.
The Australian flag carrier scooped six accolades at the annual Cellars in the Sky Awards, which included the coveted title of best overall wine list for 2018.
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific was runner-up while third place was shared by Qatar Airways and All Nippon Airways. American Airlines claimed a ‘highly commended’ for its overall cellar and British Airways scooped the award for having the best business class wine list.
Qantas scooped six accolades at the annual Cellars in the Sky Awards, which included the coveted title of having the best overall wine list for 2018
British Airways scooped the award for having the best business class wine list. Pictured is a BA Club Europe cabin
Sajida Ismail, British Airways’ Head of Inflight Product, said: ‘We pride ourselves on providing our customers with high quality wines and champagnes, so we are delighted to have won the Gold medal for the Best Business Class Cellar.’
The Cellars in the Sky Awards are organised by Business Traveller and 33 airlines entered their premium offering wines for testing.
In December, four independent judges spent two days blind taste testing and scoring the wines at London’s Grosvenor Hotel.
They then decided on winners for 14 categories that included awards for reds, whites, sparkling wines and fortified wines.
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As well as scooping the award for best wine cellar, Qantas also took top spots in categories including best first class white, best first class sparkling, best first class cellar, best presented first class wine list and best business class fortified/dessert wine.
Cathay Pacific won two awards for best first class sparkling (shared with Qantas and Air France), and best business class red.
The best first class red category was won by Malaysia Airlines and best first class fortified/dessert wine went to All Nippon Airlines.
For the The Cellars in the Sky Awards, 33 airlines entered their premium offering wines in business and first for testing
The award for best business class sparkling wine was won by Qatar Airways.
The best business class white category was won by JetBlue, a US low-cost airline.
The Cellars in the Sky Awards is now in its 33rd year, having been running since 1985.
BEST FIRST CLASS RED
Gold Medal: Malaysia Airlines – Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune 2015, Burgundy, France
Silver Medal: American Airlines – Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016, Sonoma County, US
Bronze Medal (joint): ANA – Château Léoville Barton 2012, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France; Qatar Airways – Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2009, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
BEST FIRST CLASS WHITE
Gold Medal: Qantas – Penfolds Reserve Bin 15A Chardonnay 2015, Adelaide Hills, Australia
Silver Medal: Qantas – Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2016, Margaret River, Australia
Bronze Medal (joint): Cathay Dragon – Lamblin and Fils Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaumes, 2016, France; Malaysia Airlines – Palliser Estate Chardonnay 2016, Martinborough, New Zealand
BEST FIRST CLASS SPARKLING
Gold Medal (joint): Air France, Cathay Pacific, Qantas –Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006, Franc
Silver Medal (joint): ANA, Qatar Airways – Champagne Krug 2004, France; Singapore Airlines – Dom Pérignon 2006, Champagne, France
Bronze Medal: Oman Air –Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal, Brut, 2009, France
BEST FIRST CLASS FORTIFIED/DESSERT WINE
Gold Medal: ANA – Barbeito Madeira Malvasia 20 year old, Portugal
Silver Medal: Cathay Pacific – Warre’s Otima Single Year Tawny Colheita Port 2006, Portugal
Bronze Medal: Qantas – Morris of Rutherglen Wines Old Premium Rare Liqueur Muscat, Australia
BEST-PRESENTED FIRST CLASS WINE LIST
Gold Medal: Qantas
Highly Commended: ANA
BEST FIRST CLASS CELLAR
Gold Medal: Qantas
Silver Medal: ANA
Bronze Medal: Cathay Pacific
BEST BUSINESS CLASS RED
Gold Medal: Cathay Pacific – Elderton
Shiraz 2015, Barossa Valley, Australia
Silver Medal: Air New Zealand – Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago, New Zealand
Bronze Medal: Air Italy – Olianas Perdixi 2016, Gergei, Sardinia, Italy
BEST BUSINESS CLASS WHITE
Gold Medal: Jetblue – Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2015, California, US
Silver Medal: Aer Lingus – De Bortoli La Bohème Act One Riesling, 2016, Yarra Valley, Australia
Bronze Medal: Oman Air – Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Montagu 2016, France
BEST BUSINESS CLASS SPARKLING
Gold Medal: Qatar Airways – Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs 2006, France
Silver Medal: EVA Air – Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2007, Champagne, France
Bronze Medal: Malaysia Airlines – Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs 2007, France
BEST BUSINESS CLASS FORTIFIED/ DESSERT WINE
Gold Medal: Qantas – Baileys of Glenrowan Founder Series Classic Muscat, Victoria, Australia
Silver Medal: Air New Zealand – Forrest Botrytised Riesling 2016, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Bronze Medal (joint): Oman Air – Château Guiraud 1er Grand Cru Classé en 1855, 2014, Sauternes-Barsac, France; Aeroflot – Grahams 10 Year Old Tawny Port, NV, Porto Duro, Portugal
BEST BUSINESS CLASS CELLAR
Gold Medal: British Airways
Silver Medal: Qatar Airways
Bronze Medal: Jetblue
BEST-PRESENTED BUSINESS CLASS WINE LIST
Gold Medal: EVA Air
BEST AIRLINE ALLIANCE – Oneworld
BEST OVERALL CELLAR
Gold Medal: Qantas
Silver Medal: Cathay Pacific
Bronze Medal: ANA, Qatar Airways
Highly Commended: American Airlines
The participating airlines were: Aegean, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aircalin, Air Canada, Air France, Air Italy, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, American Airlines, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, EVA Air, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Iberia, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, Jet Blue, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, and Virgin Atlantic.
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