At Business Traveller's annual Cellars in the Sky Awards, Qantas, the flag carrier airline of Australia, was honored with five out of thirteen awards given by the institution, presented this year at Trinity House in London by Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge.
Qantas beat other airlines for the top prize in Best Overall Wine Cellar, Best First Class Cellar, and Best Business Class Cellar. In addition, Qantas received first place in Best First Class White Wine for Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009 and first place in Best First Class Sparkling wine for Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000.
According to The Telegraph, the recent haul marks the fifth year in a row that Qantas took home more honors than any other carrier, which Qantas Executive Manager Customer Experience attributes to its extensive training to build the best team of “Sommeliers in the Sky” and its diverse selection. “We pride ourselves on developing a selection of wines that celebrates both cutting-edge and classic wine styles, grape varieties and regions,” said Webster. Currently, Qantas sources sourcing more than 250 different wines from more than 150 different producers, all of which complement Neil Perry’s menus on both domestic and international flights.”