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

Sommeliers Australia teams up with Humanitix for event ticketing

In September 2020, Sommeliers Australia started working with Humanitix as our event ticketing platform – moving away from a more corporate focused event platform. Through utilising Humanitix’s ticketing platform, Sommeliers Australia – and in turn our event attendees – supports the charitable work that Humanitix is doing to help close the education gap for disadvantaged … Continued

The Whole Bunch Collective: Wine Industry Diversity Survey

The Whole Bunch Collective – an organisation for wine industry professionals in every role, region and every person – was born out of a desire to see more representation in the Australian and Aotearoan wine industries. For the diversity and equity to stretch across people, roles and regions so that anyone who is passionate about working in wine … Continued

Introducing our Diversity & Inclusion Working Group

In December 2020, the Sommeliers Australia National Executive Committee shared its vision to create a working group to look at how Sommeliers Australia could encourage greater diversity and inclusion within the association. In response to this call to action, a number of Sommeliers Australia members and industry professionals, with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, have stepped … Continued

A message regarding diversity & inclusivity from Co-President Sarah Andrew

Dear Sommeliers Australia members & friends, As Sommeliers Australia Co-President I would like to comment on the landscape that we, as sommeliers and wine professionals, are all working in; a landscape that many of us are trying to improve and help drive diversity and inclusivity in a way that is equitable for all. I joined … Continued

Article: Young sommelier inspired by lockdown

How months in lockdown fuelled sommelier’s fight for inclusion. Wheelchair sommelier Mirko Pastorelli arrived in Australia just before the pandemic, and thanks lockdown for helping him decide which direction his life will take. Written by Max Allen, published in the Australian Financial Review, 28 December 2020.   My vote for inspirational wine person of the … Continued

Announcing: Diversity & Inclusion Working Group

The Sommeliers Australia National Executive Committee has thought long and hard about how a voluntary organisation, such as ours, can better understand the barriers to participation, and support and encourage a more diverse range of our members in applying for opportunities such as the Best Sommelier competition and other career development initiatives. Earlier this month, … Continued

Sommeliers Australia signs Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter

On Sunday 18 August, those Members present at the national 2019 AGM voted unanimously that as an association, Sommeliers Australia would become a signatory of the Australian Grape & Wine Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter (DEW). Sommeliers Australia is proud to support diversity and equality within the wine industry, and offers its Members every … Continued