Champagne Ruinart, together with Sommeliers Australia, is delighted to announce the 2018 Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge. Registrations for this exciting competition are open from 17 January until 28 February 2018.


The Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge invites talented sommeliers with a current ‘Sommeliers Membership’ of Sommeliers Australia, to participate in an annual training day hosted by accomplished Ruinart Winemaker Caroline Fiot. 26 finalists will be chosen to attend the Sommeliers Challenge in Melbourne on Monday 19 March 2018. Finalists will partake in a blind tasting of four wines, as well as a technical training by Caroline Fiot.

The judging panel will select one sommelier from the group – based upon their blind tasting responses – to be the Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2018 winner. The winner will be announced on the day of the Challenge (19 March 2018).


The winner of the Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge will receive a return business class trip to France to attend a four-day educational trip to Reims in Champagne, hosted by Frédéric Panaïotis, in July 2018. The trip is an opportunity for top sommeliers from around the world to immerse themselves in the world of Champagne and enjoy rare tastings and experiences along with different producers, varieties and wines. The prize provides invaluable networking with peers from around the world and is truly a once in a lifetime experience.


The Challenge 2017 winner, Bhatia Dheeraj, Head Sommelier of Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, says: “After trying for the Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge for the last four years I finally made it in 2017. It was a dream come true and a lifetime experience that I will always cherish… I certainly encourage my fellow Somms to apply and keep trying as it’s a splendid opportunity to immerse yourself in Champagne.”


Ruinart is committed to supporting the global sommelier community through career development and further education. Caroline Fiot, who is visiting Australia for the first time for the Challenge says: “We are pleased to work with Sommeliers Australia. 2018 marks the fifth edition of the Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge and I am thrilled to discover the top level of competition in Australia”.


To register for the Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge, please CLICK HERE.