New Zealand Winegrowers is excited to be partnering with Sommeliers Australia to present The Somewhat Sommit 2023 and The Altogether Unique Tasting.

The Somewhat Sommit is based on New Zealand Winegrower’s original Sommit format, hosted by Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong MW, and will be held in Australia for the first time. Cameron and Stephen will present wines and lead discussions that deep dive into the nuances, intricacies and future direction of New Zealand wine.

The Pinot Noir flight will be a highlight of the tasting, along with smaller planted varieties and new wave New Zealand wines.

Applications for the Somewhat Sommit to be held in Melbourne and Brisbane* are now open, presenting an opportunity for a limited number of sommeliers and wine professionals to participate in this uniquely New Zealand Wine experience.  We invite you to apply now.

Somewhat Sommit participants will take part in a three-hour tasting and tutorial followed by lunch. The Altogether Unique Tasting of New Zealand wine will follow in the afternoon, 2pm – 5pm and will be open to trade and media.

The Somewhat Sommit is open to Sommeliers Australia Professional members with a minimum WSET Level 3 or equivalent industry experience.

Applications close on 22 May 2023. A selection committee from New Zealand Winegrowers and Sommeliers Australia will review all applications. Successful applicants will be advised by Friday 26 May.


Somewhat Sommit 2023

  • Melbourne: Monday 5 June, 10am-1pm, Botswana Butchery
  • Brisbane: Tuesday 6 June, 10am-1pm, The Lodge Bar & Dining


Applications close Monday 22 May.

Applicants from interstate are welcome to apply for either Somewhat Sommit session, with travel, accommodation and personal expenses at their own cost.

* The Somewhat Sommit will also take place in Sydney later this year, details to be announced.


CLICK HERE to apply for Somewhat Sommit



Following the Somewhat Sommit in each city, New Zealand Winegrowers will host the Altogether Unique Tasting of New Zealand wine from 2pm – 5pm.

Attendance is open to all trade and media, however registration is required.


Altogether Unique Tasting

  • Melbourne: Monday 5 June, 2-5pm, Botswana Butchery
  • Brisbane: Tuesday 6 June, 2-5pm, The Lodge Bar & Dining


Registration closes Thursday 1 June.
The Altogether Unique Tasting is open to all trade and media to attend free of charge.


CLICK HERE to register for the Altogether Unique Tasting


For more information about The Somewhat Sommit or the Altogether Unique Tasting, please contact Catherine Wansink [email protected]