Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) recently launched Cellar Reserve to match restaurants with wineries that have small amount of stock specific for on-premise distribution.
The Cellar Reserve website at www.cellarreserve.com.au is the first online marketplace which aims to make it simple and cost effective for restaurants across the country to showcase Australian wine.
R&CA chief executive officer John Hart says the website supports local wineries and the overall positioning of food, wine and tourism. “It’s about providing Australian restaurants with the tools to showcase Australian wine, especially to the inbound traveller.
“This will help streamline the process between the cellar door to sophisticated wine lists. When a restaurant is searching for a particular wine and only requires a small quantity, they can purchase direct from the winery,” said Hart.
Western Australian venues that excelled in the provision of wine service and list development were recognised at the WA Wine List Awards last month.
R&CA recently partnered with Wines of WA to deliver the WA Wine List Awards, as part of the 2015 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence program.
The focus for the WA Wine List Awards is also around showcasing local wines and supporting the local WA wine and food industries through wine list development.
Hart says the inaugural event is about enhancing the tourism experience by combining the area’s food and wine to showcase the local dining experience. “The WA Wine List Awards is a great way to work with restaurant operators and encourage them to have WA wines on their wine lists,” he said.