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

ASI welcomes 62 new ASI Sommeliers in 2022

On Monday 14 March 2022, 17 ASI member nations hosted the ‘International ASI Sommelier Diploma’ certification exam, and it is with great pleasure that ASI announces 62 new ASI Diploma graduates! A total of 86 candidates representing over 20 citizenships took part in the 2022 Diploma exam. 62 were successful, among them : 27 Gold, 25 … 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

Committee Spotlight on: Imbi Knappstein (NAT)

Each week since November 2021, we’ve travelled the country to hear from our 30+ Committee members. Today the Committee Spotlight series comes to an end in Melbourne, as we shine the spotlight on the last of the team who works behind the scenes to keep the association running… ​​​​​​​​   I AM: Imbi Knappstein, Sommeliers … 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

Committee Spotlight on: Jamie Sprague (NSW)

While our Committee Spotlight has so far focused on Sommeliers Australia’s diverse and talented national Committee members, in our two final posts for this series we meet the team who work behind the scenes to keep the association running… I AM: Jamie Sprague, by ‘day’ the Cellar Door Manager for Tractorless Vineyard in the Southern … Continued

Committee Spotlight on: Matt Dunne (NSW)

I AM: Matt Dunne, Group Wine Ambassador & Resident Sommelier at Joval Wine Group, Plumm Glassware Ambassador, WSET Educator, Wine Judge (NSW committee) I BECAME A COMMITTEE MEMBER TO: Give back and support the wine industry by empowering future talent through helping create and facilitate fun, educational events, as a vehicle to enhance knowledge and … Continued