Manuel Conti
I am:
Restaurant General Manager, Black Bar & Grill (The Star Casino)
What inspired me to become a sommelier:
Working in my parent’s gastronomy and wine shop in Florence when I was young. When I was about 18-19 years old I tried a bottle of very cheap wine next to a Sassicaia and the difference struck me; few months later I was already registered for the 1st level of study with the Italian Sommelier Association.
My greatest professional achievement is:
Winning the Ruinart Challenge last year is probably the best one (and one of the greatest wine experiences in my life)
My favourite food and beverage match is:
Bistecca alla Fiorentina & Brunello di Montalcino (back to my origins…)
What I hope to get out of competing in the Best Sommelier of Australia 2020…
I am already so happy just to be in the final 12! However competing in the final with some of the top Somms in Australia will be another unique experience. 


Manuel’s position in the Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 Top 12 is proudly sponsored by Halliday’s Wine Companion.