February 11 2013  |  Airline & Terminal News

Qantas wines picked as tops in yearly Cellars Awards

By Rick Lundstrom

For the second straight year, Qantas Airways took home the most honors from the annual Cellars in the Sky Awards sponsored by Business Traveller magazine.

Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, presented the awards February 4 at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Organizers contacted 75 airlines last summer, with a total of 33 submitting entries.

Qantas won prizes for Best Overall Wine Cellar, Best First Class Sparkling (shared with Oman Air), Best Business Class Sparkling (shared with Singapore Airlines), and Best-Presented First Class Wine List.

Oman Air also won for Best Business Class White and Singapore Airlines and for Best Business Class Cellar. Malaysia Airlines also picked up two wins, for Best First Class Red and Best First Class Cellar.

Other airlines recognized for their first class wines were British Airways, which won the Best First Class White award, and All Nippon Airways, winner of the Best First Class Fortified and Sweet prize.

In the business class section, TAM Airlines took the accolade for Best Business Class Red, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines won the Best Business Class Fortified and Sweet category, and Air New Zealand was awarded Best-Presented Business Class Wine List.

A full list of winners and winning wines can be found on the magazine’s website

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