CRU Wine Bar Wins Restaurant & Catering Association's "BEER/WINE BAR" Award.


Prospa Representative, Alberto Sirchia, Tony Donnini, Colleen Haggarty

CRU Wine Bar, located in Kew, has won the Beer/Wine Bar Award category at the 2018 Victoria & Tasmania Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. This win was followed shortly after Gourmet Traveller awarded CRU Wine Bar Three Glasses, for the third successive year in a row.

Business owner and Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) member Tony Donnini says, “This has been a six year effort in the making. My business partners Peter Rose and Andrew Pickering have worked alongside me to build this wine list and business. Along the road, we’ve had an amazing team of sommeliers, including Colleen Haggarty and Clint Fox giving their time and expertise towards wine list.”

Tony and CRU Wine Bar would like to thank The Restaurant Catering Association, the award sponsor Prospa, and the dedicated and loving patrons of CRU Wine Bar.

More than 100 local restaurants, cafes and catering businesses gathered to celebrate the achievements of their peers who were judged over 35 categories, with the winners announced at the Awards for Excellence ceremony held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The Awards for Excellence is a nationally recognized, independently judged awards program that celebrates exceptional service and culinary talent across the state. The Awards for Excellence is the only program in Australia where the judging criteria is determined by consumers who rank what is important to them in the dining experience.

The Awards are judged by an independent team of trained judges who anonymously visit the venues to determine the restaurant/café winners. The scores are based on the entire dining experience from food to the customer service experienced when the judges anonymously dine.

R&CA CEO Juliana Payne says, “CRU Wine Bar should be proud of their achievements. Running a hospitality business isn’t easy – there’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that goes into to making it work. But when you get the right mix of staff, produce and service, the results can be extraordinary.”

CRU Wine Bar may compete with other region finalists at the National Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence to be held at Luna Park in Sydney on Monday 29th October 2018. Finalists will be advised of their status by late September.

R&CA is the industry association representing thousands of restaurant and catering businesses across Australia. To view the full list of category winners in the 2018 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence, visit the R&CA website at


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For further information please contact:

Colleen Haggarty

Marketing + Function & Events Coordinator, CRU Wine Bar

03 9818 4366

0474 265 513 //

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