UPDATE – 2021 New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship

16 April – UPDATE Due to the global impact of COVID-19 and the implications for the international on-premise community, the New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship has been postponed this year. This is very much a postponement, not a cancellation, and we look forward to welcoming the next cohort of international “Sommiteers” to New Zealand as … Continued

For current & potential WSET students – COVID-19 updates

As the situation with COVID-19 is constantly evolving, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) has created a dedicated ‘WSET COVID-19 Updates’ page. The page will be updated regularly with information regarding the impact of Coronavirus on the delivery of WSET courses and qualifications. If you are currently enrolled in a WSET course or considering … Continued

Government resources during COVID-19

Since the World Health Organisation (WHO) classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020, the efforts of Australian Federal and State Governments to slow the spread of this deadly virus, have intensified. Unfortunately, the relatively unknown nature of the COVID-19 virus means that information is changing on a daily basis – with everyone … Continued

Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 candidate registration extended to 15 May 2020

Due to the Australian Government Stage 3 response to COVID-19, candidate registration for Best Sommelier of Australia has been extended once again. Registration now closes 5pm, Friday 15 May. The Stage 1 | Entrance Exam has also been rescheduled for Monday 22 June (should Government advice allow).   The Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition … Continued

Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition registration extended

Due to COVID-19, the registration date has been extended until 5pm, Tuesday 31 March.   The Best Sommelier of Australia 2020 competition is an endeavour to highlight the exceptional service and knowledge standards achieved by the professional sommelier community working within Australia. Conducted by the Sommeliers Australia Education Sub-Committee every three years, the competition will … Continued

A message from Sommeliers Australia’s Co-Presidents: Postponing April events

Dear Members and friends, On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the COVID-19 outbreak has been classified as a Pandemic. In response, the Australian Federal and State Governments have introduced measures designed to slow the spread of the virus, including restricting gatherings and encouraging social distancing measures. As an association with … Continued

2020 La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Junior Sommeliers Competition

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Australia invites young Australian-based sommeliers to compete in the 2020 International Junior Sommeliers Competition. In 2007 the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs inaugurated the annual “International Jeunes Sommeliers Competition” to offer young sommeliers the opportunity to present their skills and “savoir faire” under highly competitive, intense and grueling testing conditions. For the 2020 Competition … Continued

Ruinart Sommelier Challenge returns in 2020 – Applications Open

Champagne Ruinart and Sommeliers Australia are delighted to announce the 2020 Ruinart Sommelier Challenge to be held in Sydney on Monday, 30 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. Entries are now open and applications can be … Continued

Somm360 Development Program – Applications Now Open

After attracting 300 leading international sommeliers and wine professionals from over 20 countries for the Somm360 World Congress in 2018, the next chapter will be held from September 27 to October 1, 2020 in Montreal, Canada.  Once again top wine professionals are invited to come together to taste, learn, and grow from 20 different topics … Continued

Vineyards report damage in Tumbarumba region

As the Australian bushfire crisis continues, reports have been circulated by the NSW Wine Industry Association that vineyards and winery assets in the NSW region of Tumbarumba have also been severely affected by bushfires. Other wine regions, although unaffected directly by the fires, have been clouded by smoke haze for weeks. It is still too … Continued