Who are Sommeliers Australia?

Sommeliers Australia is a national, not-for-profit hospitality industry association, governed and managed by a committee of volunteers, at both national and state level.

Sommeliers Australia is the only association in Australia that represents and supports the education of Australian sommeliers and wine professionals.

The focus of the association is to provide our members, and the hospitality industry at large, with relevant education and career development opportunities.

The association began life in the early 1990’s in Victoria and New South Wales as separate associations. In August 2007, the two associations merged to form Sommeliers Australia, and in 2009 State Chapters in Queensland and Western Australia formed, with other States forming shortly afterwards.

In 2008, as the only national association for sommeliers in Australia, Sommeliers Australia applied for and was welcomed as a full member by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI).


Sommeliers Australia has a growing membership comprised of:

  • Hospitality, wine and beverage professional (from the most experienced and recognised to the highly motivated newcomers to the industry)
  • Wine journalists
  • Hospitality industry suppliers
  • Winery personnel
  • Distributors
  • Interested and motivated consumers.

Membership of Sommeliers Australia is via an annual fee, with a good proportion of subscriptions paid for by members’ employers, emphasising the strength of the Sommeliers Australia’s reputation and standing in the industry.