WSET Asia Pacific Bursary Fund – Applications now open

As part of our commitment to advancing education and training in wines, spirits and sake, WSET Asia Pacific Limited has established a bursary fund to help potential students in the Asia Pacific region* who would otherwise be unable to take a WSET qualification. Applicants for the WSET APAC Bursary Fund (the “Bursary Fund”) must be … 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

Announcing new Vice-President, Louella Mathews

At the recent Sommeliers Australia AGM, a new National Executive Committee was elected to govern the association for the coming year. During the first meeting of the new NEC on Wednesday 22 February, Office Bearer roles were appointed. Sarah Andrew and Chris Crawford retain the Co-Presidency and Greg Richardson continues as Treasurer. The NEC is delighted to announce that newly elected NEC member Louella Mathews has stepped into … Continued

The ‘Best Sommelier of Australia 2021’ is…

On Monday 15 March – after a 10 month delay in completing the competition – Sommeliers Australia hosted the Best Sommelier of Australia 2021 Finals in front of live audiences in Melbourne and Sydney, and viewers watching the live stream online. From the talented group of 11 Semi Finalists, Loic Avril (VIC), Chris Ryan (VIC) and Paolo Saccone (NSW) were announced as … 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

ASI announces Gérard Basset Lifetime Achievement Award finalists

Paris, France. The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI, asi.info) is pleased to announce the 5 finalists for the first annual Gérard Basset Lifetime Achievement Award. According to ASI Ambassador, Michéle Chantôme “this is the first award given by ASI. It was important for us to recognize Gérard Basset who has done so much for the … Continued

Spotlight on: QT Hotels & Resorts’ Chris Morrison

Name: Chris Morrison, Wine Director for QT Hotels and Resorts What was your ‘watershed’ wine moment? Working in hard core French wine teams as a sommelier for Sir Terrance Conran in London during the late 90’s. How would you describe your wine collection? After a year of stand down – empty. What is the most … Continued