Qantas cleans up at 2024 Cellars in the Sky Awards

Qantas cleans up at 2024 Cellars in the Sky Awards
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Qantas’ commitment to showcasing world-class Australian wine has been highlighted by a record 13 medals, including best overall cellar, at the 2024 Cellars in the Sky Awards.

    The Cellars in the Sky Awards have 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.

    The awards recognise Qantas’ focus on promoting the range and quality of Australian winemakers to
    customers around the world.

    The wine selections for Qantas domestic and international services feature a range of wine varietals and
    come from a mixture of well-known heritage vineyards as well as emerging boutique wineries.

    Each year master sommelier Sebastian Crowther alongside 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.

    Qantas customers consume millions of bottles of wine every year and the airline is one of the largest wine
    purchasers in Australia, featuring more than 250 different wines sourced from 150 different producers across
    the country.

    Customers can purchase the wines they enjoy inflight through Qantas Wine, including the mini bottles
    served in economy, which are particularly popular with customers. Frequent Flyers can earn 1 Qantas
    Point per $1 or can use their Qantas Points towards their purchase.

    “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,” master sommelier, Qantas, Sebastian Crowther, said.

    “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.”

    Cellars in the Sky – Qantas. (Supplied)

    Qantas Awards:

    • Best Overall Cellar Gold: Qantas
    • Best First Class Cellar Gold: Qantas
    • Best Business Class Cellar Gold: Qantas

    First Class Awards:

    • Best First Class Sparkling Gold: Qantas – Champagne Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, 2008, France
    • Best First Class White Gold: Qantas – Tolpuddle Chardonnay, 2021, Tasmania, Australia, Silver: Qantas – Penfolds Reserve Bin 18A, 2018, Australia
    • Best First Class Red Gold: Qantas – Penfolds RWT Bin 798 Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2018, Australia
    • Best First Class Fortified Gold: Qantas – Morris of Rutherglen Old Premium Rare Topaque, NV, Australia

    Business Class Awards:

    • Best Business Class Sparkling Silver: Qantas – Champagne Duval Leroy Femme de Champagne, 2002, France
    • Best Business White Gold: Qantas – Flametree S.R.S Chardonnay, 2022, Margaret River, Australia
    • Best Business Class Red Gold: Qantas – Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz, 2022, Australia, Gold: Qantas – Dalwhinnie Mesa Shiraz, 2020, Australia
    • Best Business Class Fortified Bronze: Qantas – Baileys of Glenrowan Founders Series Classic Muscat, Australia

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