The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s True South Dining Room has won the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for the second year in a row. The Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards are in their 38th year and look to acknowledge restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, complement their food offerings, and appeal to a wide variety of wine drinkers. Over 3500 award-winning lists are judged in the awards, from over 70 different countries.
The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s True South Dining Room has won a Wine Spectator award for eight consecutive years now, this year being the only restaurant in Queenstown to achieve a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence in 2018 and 2019.
Typically, entrants for the awards offer 350 or more wine selections—True South Dining Room’s private cellar not being an exception. The True South Dining Room cellar has one of the most comprehensive collections of fine Bordeaux wines in the Southern Hemisphere, along with Burgundy wines and vintages from an array of great houses.
Mark Rose, CEO and general manager of The Rees Hotel Queenstown, said the restaurant’s extensive collection of fine wines from around the world, the ability to pair them with fresh, locally sourced, seasonal food along with its variety of wine experiences make it an exceptional destination for wine lovers.
“To receive the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence for the second year in a row by top-selling, international wine publication Wine Spectator is an amazing and humbling accomplishment for The Rees and its staff. We strive to exceed all guest expectations in all facets of the hotel experience and continually work hard to update and maintain our wine programme. For True South Dining room to be the only restaurant in Queenstown to achieve the Best of Award of Excellence for the past two years in a row is an outstanding result and honour.”