Qantas scoops six ‘top drop’ wins at Cellars in the Sky Awards

Sydney | Published on 7th February 2012 at 2:43

Qantas’ commitment to excellence in wine service has resulted in six top awards at the internationally prestigious Cellar in the Sky Awards, held in London last night.

Qantas has scooped the pool with a number of awards, including Best First Class Cellar and Best Business Class Cellar for the second year running.

Qantas has also won the award for consistency of wines across the First and Business Class Cellars and Best Presented Wine list.

In the individual wine categories, Qantas won Best Business Class Red for Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2008 and Best First Class Sparkling Wine for Comtes de Champagne Taittinger 1999.

The Qantas wine program is led by an expert panel of wine industry judges and respected winemakers, Tom Carson (Yabby Lake), Vanya Cullen (Cullen Wines) and Stephen Pannell (S.C. Pannell).

The program showcases the diversity and quality of the Australian wine industry and the Qantas list is one of the world’s most prestigious with over 250 specially selected local wines.

Qantas Executive Manager Customer Experience, Alison Webster said the Qantas Wine Panel continue to deliver an exceptional cellar for Qantas customers.

“The Qantas Wine Panel ensures the best selection of Australian wines is delivered to Qantas customers in their seat. We pride ourselves on developing a selection of wines, from the latest wines made by boutique winemakers to the iconic drops that form the very base of Australia’s great winemaking legacy,” Ms Webster said.

“Qantas also goes to exceptional lengths to ensure customers are provided with detailed information about what they are drinking through our Sommeliers in the Sky cabin crew training program, in which cabin crew are trained extensively in all aspects of wine service.

“It is becoming an increasingly competitive industry however Qantas is continuing to shine by showcasing the best Australia has to offer.”

Qantas invests over $25 million dollars in the Australian Wine industry every year through the Qantas Wine Program.

In 2005, Qantas became the first airline to be awarded both the Cellars in the Sky Best First Class and Business Class Wine Lists and has continued to win awards, also collecting six awards in 2011.

The Cellars in the Sky Awards have been running since 1985. The internationally esteemed competition recognises the best red, white, sparkling and fortified and dessert wine served in the air.