The Australian national carrier Qantas has been crowned as the airline with the world's best flying wine cellars.
Qantas scooped first place in six of the categories judged in the Sky Awards, including the top title of best overall wine list for 2018.
Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific was the runner-up, with Qatar Airways and All Nippon Airways tied for third place in the coveted wine awards for first and business Class offerings.
Air New Zealand also picked up two silver medals in the categories of best business class red (Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago) and best business class fortified/dessert wine (Forrest Botrytised Riesling 2016, Wairau Valley).
For jet-set sommeliers looking for a bargain, British Airways won best business blass wine list.
However, it was Qantas who was the toast of the town.
The Australian carrier took first place in best first class white, best first class cellar, best first class wine list, best fortified/desert wine in business and the best first class sparkling – serving passengers Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006.
"We're really proud to once again be awarded for our wine," said Neil Perry, Qantas's Creative Director of Food, Beverage & Service.
Qantas's winelist was chosen by a team of sixteen including master sommeliers Sebastian Crowther and Jonathan Ross, aimed at portraying as much of Australia's diverse wine culture as possible.
"Together with the Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers, the Qantas beverage team work hard to select the finest Australian wines," said Perry.
The awards are judged out of 14 categories covering reds, whites and the all-important best champagne in the skies.
33 airlines entered their premium wine choices to The Cellars in the Sky Awards, which are run by Business Traveller.
It was the job of four judges to blind taste test each individual wine – a task that took two days in December last year at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.
Eventually the panel of judges emerged with their gold, silver and bronze placed airlines for all fourteen categories.
It wasn't all high-fare long-haul carriers which won the awards. It's worth special mention that the US budget airline JetBlue won gold in the Best Business Class White category, serving Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Californian Chardonnay 2015.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND SHORTLISTED AIRLINES
BEST FIRST CLASS RED
•Gold Medal: Malaysia Airlines – Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune 2015, Burgundy, France
•Silver Medal: American Airlines – Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016, Sonoma County, US
•Bronze Medal (joint): ANA – Château Léoville Barton 2012, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France; Qatar Airways – Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 2009, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France
BEST FIRST CLASS WHITE
•Gold Medal: Qantas – Penfolds Reserve Bin 15A Chardonnay 2015, Adelaide Hills, Australia
•Silver Medal: Qantas – Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2016, Margaret River, Australia
•Bronze Medal (joint): Cathay Dragon – Lamblin and Fils Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaumes, 2016, France; Malaysia Airlines – Palliser Estate Chardonnay 2016, Martinborough, New Zealand
BEST FIRST CLASS SPARKLING
•Gold Medal (joint): Air France, Cathay Pacific, Qantas –Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006, Franc
•Silver Medal (joint): ANA, Qatar Airways – Champagne Krug 2004, France; Singapore Airlines – Dom Pérignon 2006, Champagne, France
•Bronze Medal: Oman Air –Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal, Brut, 2009, France
BEST FIRST CLASS FORTIFIED/DESSERT WINE
•Gold Medal: ANA – Barbeito Madeira Malvasia 20 year old, Portugal
•Silver Medal: Cathay Pacific – Warre's Otima Single Year Tawny Colheita Port 2006, Portugal
•Bronze Medal: Qantas – Morris of Rutherglen Wines Old Premium Rare Liqueur Muscat, Australia
BEST-PRESENTED FIRST CLASS WINE LIST
•Gold Medal: Qantas
•Highly Commended: ANA
BEST FIRST CLASS CELLAR
•Gold Medal: Qantas
•Silver Medal: ANA
•Bronze Medal: Cathay Pacific
BEST BUSINESS CLASS RED
•Gold Medal: Cathay Pacific ¬– Elderton Shiraz 2015, Barossa Valley, Australia
•Silver Medal: Air New Zealand – Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago, New Zealand
•Bronze Medal: Air Italy – Olianas Perdixi 2016, Gergei, Sardinia, Italy
BEST BUSINESS CLASS WHITE
•Gold Medal: Jetblue – Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2015, California, US
•Silver Medal: Aer Lingus – De Bortoli La Bohème Act One Riesling, 2016, Yarra Valley, Australia
•Bronze Medal: Oman Air – Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Montagu 2016, France
BEST BUSINESS CLASS SPARKLING
•Gold Medal: Qatar Airways ¬– Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs 2006, France
•Silver Medal: EVA Air – Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2007, Champagne, France
•Bronze Medal: Malaysia Airlines – Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs 2007, France
BEST BUSINESS CLASS FORTIFIED/ DESSERT WINE
•Gold Medal: Qantas – Baileys of Glenrowan Founder Series Classic Muscat, Victoria, Australia
•Silver Medal: Air New Zealand – Forrest Botrytised Riesling 2016, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
•Bronze Medal (joint): Oman Air – Château Guiraud 1er Grand Cru Classé en 1855, 2014, Sauternes-Barsac, France; Aeroflot – Grahams 10 Year Old Tawny Port, NV, Porto Duro, Portugal
BEST BUSINESS CLASS CELLAR
•Gold Medal: British Airways
•Silver Medal: Qatar Airways
•Bronze Medal: Jetblue
BEST-PRESENTED BUSINESS CLASS WINE LIST
•Gold Medal: EVA Air
BEST AIRLINE ALLIANCE
BEST OVERALL CELLAR
•Gold Medal: Qantas
•Silver Medal: Cathay Pacific
•Bronze Medal: ANA, Qatar Airways
•Highly Commended: American Airlines