Article: Accessing All Areas

While the wine and hospitality industries are starting to address the needs and working opportunities of the disabled, there’s still a way to go. Written by Lisa Cardelli (Sommeliers Australia VIC Committee and D&I Working Group member), published on, May 2022   John Hughes of Rieslingfreak makes one of Australia’s best rieslings – if … Continued

Positive Business: Part 2 – Vue de monde & Mirko Pastorelli

For Part 1 of this Positive Business piece Sommeliers Australia’s D&I Working Group spoke to Vue de monde’s Carlos Santos Simoes MS about how the business came to employ Italian wheelchair sommelier, Mirko Pastorelli… and how the situation created positive outcomes for both parties. In Part 2 Mirko Pastorelli shares his positive employment experience at … Continued

Positive Business: Part 1 – Vue de monde & Mirko Pastorelli

“Mirko Pastorelli was born with spastic paraplegia. Since the age of 14 he has been in a wheelchair. But this hasnʼt deterred the 27-year-old from pursuing his chosen profession working in wine – despite the fact that most of the restaurants in Emilia Romagna, where he lives, are wheelchair unfriendly. Determined to change the attitude … Continued

Positive Business Builds Positive Experiences

Highlighting positive D&I practices in the workplace   Since January 2021, the Sommeliers Australia D&I Working Group has been delving into how to better support diversity and inclusion in the hospitality and wine industries. Along the way the group have uncovered a number of businesses that are working well in the D&I space, creating positive … Continued

Sommeliers Australia D&I – ASI Diploma Scholarship recipients announced

Sommeliers Australia is delighted to announce the two recipients of the D&I – ASI Diploma Scholarships, an education and mentoring initiative developed to support women/non-binary sommeliers in their preparation for the ASI Diploma assessment to be held on 14 March 2022. The D&I – ASI Diploma Scholarship received a number of applications from working sommeliers … Continued

The Golden Vines Global Online Charity Auction, 23 Sept-7 Oct 2021

From 23 September, fine wine and rare spirit lovers globally will be able to bid on a unique set of 73 auction lots in The Golden Vines Fine Wine, Rare Spirit & Experience Charity Auction. Proceeds from the auction will go to Gerard Basset Foundation (Charity Registration Number: 1193020) to fund diversity and inclusion wine … Continued

Women & Leadership Australia Scholarships – applications now open

Sommeliers Australia is pleased to share this scholarship opportunity for women in the hospitality sector, provided by Women & Leadership Australia. Women & Leadership Australia provides world-class leadership development programs for emerging, middle, and senior women leaders. These programs bring together the latest in leadership theory and practice with a focus on applied learning and … Continued

Announcing the Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship

Sommeliers Australia is delighted to share that the Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships, Internship & Mentorship Programmes – offered by Liquid Icons, the Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation and major sponsor Taylor’s Port – is accepting applications until Friday 16 April. The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships, Internship & Mentorship Programmes will fund two aspiring students … Continued