NZ Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship recipients announced

New Zealand Winegrowers and Sommeliers Australia are pleased to announce the three successful Australian sommeliers chosen to participate in the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship. Congratulations to: Ashlyn Foster, Quay (NSW) Bhatia Dheeraj, Est. (NSW) Wiremu Andrews, Pt. Leo Estate & Laura Restaurants (VIC)   Ashlyn, Bhatia and Wiremu will be joined by … Continued

Announcing the 2019 Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship Dux!

On Sunday 18 August, the Top 3 Finalists of the 2019 Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship – Bridget Raffal, Mirko Scanu, Penelope Vine – were put to the test in front of a live audience of sommeliers and wine industry professionals at the Gala. This final test would reveal which one of these talented young sommeliers … Continued

Congratulations to our 2019 Education Scholarship Finalists!

After 3 intense days of tasting – through 6 brackets and a masterclass of Australian Icons – the 2019 Education Scholarship programme concluded last night with the announcement of not 2, but 3 finalists! Education Scholarship Partners and Scholarship Tutors were on hand at the Post-Scholarship Reception to congratulate the Top 3 performers of the Scholarship: Bridget Raffal, Mirko Scanu and Penelope … Continued

Announcing the 2019 Education Scholarship Scholars

The Sommeliers Australia Education Sub-Committee and our Education Scholarship Partners are pleased to announce the 12 Scholars selected to attend the 2019 Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship. The Education Scholarship was created to ensure that the next generation of sommeliers receive the training and support required to successfully advance in the profession. The 2019 Education Scholarship received close to … Continued

Announcing the 2019 Education Scholarship Partners

The Sommeliers Australia National Executive Committee is thrilled to announce that 10 Scholarship Partners have stepped forward to support the 2019 Education Scholarship programme. Major Partner Wine Australia is committed to working with Sommeliers Australia across a number of current and future major events. A select number of 2019 Scholars will be offered an opportunity to take … Continued

Something Old, Something New – Australia’s Emerging Varieties

Get a taste for “Australia’s Emerging Varieties” from this write up by Haz Davies:   One very rainy, grey, windy Melbourne morning, the Australian avant-garde of winemaking descended from all corners of the country to discuss the emergence of the alternative grape variety. Kim Chalmers (Chalmers), Steve Pannell (SC Pannell), Rollo Crittenden (Crittenden) and Brad … Continued

Sommeliers Australia 2019 AGM Announced

The Sommeliers Australia 2019 National Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday 18 August, 1.30-3.30 in Melbourne. The AGM will be followed by ‘Italian Summer’ the Victorian Chapter’s annual Gala event, where the new National Executive Committee will be announced.   Expressions of Interest As a member of Sommeliers Australia the AGM is your opportunity to … Continued

Announcing 2019 Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship

Applications open until 5pm, Friday 12 July   Held every three years, the Sommeliers Australia Education Scholarship is scheduled to take place on 12-14 August this year. This 3-day education programme is offered to ensure that the next generation of sommeliers receive the training and support required to successfully advance in the profession. Twelve selected … Continued

Greece is the word

Get a taste for “Greece… The Wines, not the Musical” from this write up by Sommeliers Australia member Haz Davies:   One of the perks of being a wine rep is the Monday afternoon wine tasting. It’s a chance to take a break from the rejection and mix up the monotonous; broaden your mind and … Continued

Article: Sommelier insights into Australian wine trends

Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker journalist Eleanor Danenberg recently got in touch with Sommeliers Australia members from across the country, seeking insights on what’s hot in restaurants right now. She also took the opportunity to ask for their advice on what wineries can do to best present their products to on-market outlets and … Continued