The Ruinart Sommelier Challenge returns in 2019 – applications now open

Champagne Ruinart and Sommeliers Australia are delighted to announce the 2019 Ruinart Sommelier Challenge to be held in Sydney on Monday, 18 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. Applications can be made online until … Continued

2018 National Sommelier Selection – the Winner is…

On Tuesday 27 November, seven highly qualified Australian Sommeliers were assessed as part of the National Sommelier Selection Process: Banjo Harris Plane, Carlos Simoes, Cyril Thevenet, Loic Avril, Mattia Antonio Cianca, Miguel Giteau and Yuki Hirose. The gruelling assessment covered three components: tasting, theory and service, and was designed to replicate difficult international competition standards, … Continued

Japan’s Wataru Iwata is the Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018!

Kyoto, October 18, 2018 – Wataru Iwata from Japan became the ASI Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018, following a thrilling and hard-fought final that concluded three days of competition in Kyoto, Japan. Thanks to this victory, the 29 year-old native of Kyoto automatically qualifies for the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019, which will … Continued

Announcing 2019 NZ Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship Recipients

New Zealand Winegrowers and Sommeliers Australia are pleased to announce the five successful sommeliers chosen to participate in the 2019 New Zealand Wine Sommeliers Scholarship.   Matthew Dunne, Solotel Emma Farrelly, State Buildings Stephanie Jacob, Supernormal David Murphy, One Penny Red Bridget Raffal, Sixpenny   First launched in association with Sommeliers Australia in 2015, the … Continued

Just around the corner – ASI Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018

Candidates from 12 countries are heading to Kyoto for this major international competition. In just two weeks, years of training, education and hard work are coming into play for the 24 candidates from 12 countries who will compete for the prestigious title of Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018.  The competition, hosted by the Japan Sommelier … Continued

Want to compete internationally? Register now for National Sommelier Selection Process

The recently announced ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019 competition will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, on 11-15 March 2019. Sommeliers Australia has the opportunity to send potentially two sommeliers to compete* on the international stage, against sommeliers from Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. This is the first time that Sommeliers Australia has … Continued

ASI Best Sommelier of Asia Oceania 2018, 15-18 October in Kyoto

The ASI Best Sommelier of Asia Oceania 2018 competition takes place next month in Kyoto, Japan. The Japan Sommeliers Association who is hosting the competition has just announced that 24 sommeliers from 12 countries in the Asia Oceania region will compete for this prestigious title – including Sommeliers Australia’s two candidates Mattia Antonio Cianca and Banjo … Continued

Countdown to ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019

  50 years after the first edition of the world’s most prestigious sommelier competition in Brussels (1969), the “ASI Best Sommelier of the World” is returning to Belgium once again. Over 65 sommeliers from 62 countries will be competing for the title of Best Sommelier in the World 2019 in Antwerp, including Australia.   Back in … Continued

Sommeliers Australia committee members announced as 18th Len Evans scholars

The complete list of 12 scholars for the 18th Len Evans Tutorial was recently announced, and Sommeliers Australia is thrilled that two of its current Committee members have been selected to take part in this prestigious wine programme, described as “the most exclusive wine school in the world.” Congratulations to Co-President Sarah Andrew and NSW … Continued