Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition registration extended

Due to COVID-19, the registration date has been extended until 5pm, Tuesday 31 March.   The Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition is an endeavour to highlight the exceptional service and knowledge standards achieved by the professional sommelier community working within Australia. Conducted by the Sommeliers Australia Education Sub-Committee every three years, the competition will … Continued

A message from Sommeliers Australia’s Co-Presidents: Postponing April events

Dear Members and friends, On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the COVID-19 outbreak has been classified as a Pandemic. In response, the Australian Federal and State Governments have introduced measures designed to slow the spread of the virus, including restricting gatherings and encouraging social distancing measures. As an association with … Continued

2020 La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Junior Sommeliers Competition

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Australia invites young Australian-based sommeliers to compete in the 2020 International Junior Sommeliers Competition. In 2007 the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs inaugurated the annual “International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition” to offer young sommeliers the opportunity to present their skills and “savoir faire” under highly competitive, intense and grueling testing conditions. For the 2020 Competition … Continued

Ruinart Sommelier Challenge returns in 2020 – Applications Open

Champagne Ruinart and Sommeliers Australia are delighted to announce the 2020 Ruinart Sommelier Challenge to be held in Sydney on Monday, 30 March. Applicants will go in the running for chance to win a once in a lifetime business class trip to France for exclusive training at Maison Ruinart. Entries are now open and applications can be … Continued

Somm360 Development Program – Applications Now Open

After attracting 300 leading international sommeliers and wine professionals from over 20 countries for the Somm360 World Congress in 2018, the next chapter will be held from September 27 to October 1, 2020 in Montreal, Canada.  Once again top wine professionals are invited to come together to taste, learn, and grow from 20 different topics … Continued

Vineyards report damage in Tumbarumba region

As the Australian bushfire crisis continues, reports have been circulated by the NSW Wine Industry Association that vineyards and winery assets in the NSW region of Tumbarumba have also been severely affected by bushfires. Other wine regions, although unaffected directly by the fires, have been clouded by smoke haze for weeks. It is still too … Continued

Response to Bushfires: A letter from Sommeliers Australia’s Co-Presidents

Dear Sommeliers Australia members and friends, Thank you to the many of you who have shared messages of concern for those affected by the bushfires, and for reaching out to see what you can do during this desperate time. To date, 12 million hectares have been burnt and an estimated 500+ million animals have perished. … Continued

2020 ‘International ASI Diploma for Sommelier’ Certification Exam – Registration Now Open

Candidate registration is open until 5pm, Tuesday 11 February.   Certification from Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) gives sommeliers the opportunity to be recognised worldwide as having a high level of knowledge and skills. Newly certified “ASI Sommeliers” will become part of an elite group of international sommeliers, many of whom are the winners … Continued

ASI Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

There was much joy and pageantry in Reims, France, in early October, as ASI celebrated its 50th anniversary. After all, anyone can celebrate an occasion with champagne. But only a community of sommeliers would celebrate with champagne, in Champagne! After two days of General Assembly meetings, ASI’s member nations and guests enjoyed two days of … Continued

Scheduled for 2020 – Best Sommelier of Australia Competition

Held every three years, the Sommeliers Australia Best Sommelier of Australia competition will once again take place in 2020. The Best Sommelier of Australia competition is an endeavour to highlight the exceptional service and knowledge standards achieved by the professional sommelier community working within Australia. Conducted by the Sommeliers Australia Education Committee, the competition rigorously tests individual performances in … Continued