Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 – a change to the Top 12

Earlier this month the Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 Top 12 Semi Finalists were announced. Sadly, since then Cyril Thevenet (ACT) has withdrawn from the competition. Cyril and his wife will be returning to their native France in the coming months, and we wish them all the best. The Stage 1 | Entrance Exam results saw Manuel Conti placed … Continued

Wine education programmes – free & online!

Have you got some spare time on your hands? Put those hours to good use and expand your wine knowledge with one of these in depth, online wine education programmes: Wine Australia – Australian Wine Discovered Comité Champagne – Champagne-MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Wines of Portugal – Wines of Portugal Academy Symington’s – … Continued

Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 – Top 12 Semi Finalists!

The Sommeliers Australia Education Sub-Committee and our Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 Sponsors are delighted to announce the Top 12 Semi Finalists who will take part in the competition’s Stage 2 | Semi Final assessment round. The Stage 1 | Entrance Exam was set at a gruelling international competition level. Only the best 12 candidates, … Continued

Welcome to our Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 sponsors

The Sommeliers Australia National Executive Committee is thrilled to welcome the 12 sponsors that have stepped forward to support the Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition! Competition Sponsors Accolade Wines, Saltram Wines, Samuel Smith & Sons incorporating Negociants Australia and Shaw + Smith have all generously contributed towards the competition programme. Candidate Supporters Fesq & … Continued

Announcing the Hospitality Education Grant recipients!

Sommeliers Australia and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) are delighted to announce that a total of 56 Hospitality Education Grants have been awarded. Fully funded through the generous support of WSET and ‘Hospitality Education ticket’ donors, the Hospitality Education Grant allows recipients to complete either WSET Level 1 Wines or Spirits studies, with the support of … Continued

Sommeliers Australia Membership – it’s time to renew!

As of 30 June, all Sommeliers Australia memberships were due for renewal and members will have received an ‘Invoice for renewal’ in their inbox. This year, in light of the COVID-19 related difficulties that many of our members may have been facing, Sommeliers Australia is offering the following in support: Full fee renewal + free … Continued

Thank you for supporting the Hospitality Education Grant!

The Hospitality Education Grant has been developed to enable individuals and businesses, wanting to support the hospitality industry during COVID-19, the opportunity to help fund WSET Level 1 Award in Wines or Level 1 Award in Spirits courses for eligible students. An inspiring number of individuals and businesses have already shown their support of the … Continued

COVID Safe Restaurant Reopening Guidelines – State by State

As on-premise venues across Australia gradually reopen to allow dine-in guests, it’s imperative that operators adhere to the COVID Safe guidelines put in place by each State and Territory government. Finding this information online can be tricky, so Sommeliers Australia has compiled the below links to COVID Safe information related to on-premise businesses. Simply click … Continued

ASI Diploma results announced – Australia gets Gold in 2020!

On Monday 2 March, 14 national sommelier associations organised the ASI Diploma certification exam for 74 candidates. A total of 74 candidates took part in the 2020 exam and 52 of them were successful. This shows a great level of progression in candidates preparation since the ASI Diploma was introduced. Let’s not forget that becoming … Continued