Sommeliers in Australia

New Zealand Winegrowers and Sommeliers Australia are pleased to announce the five successful sommeliers chosen to participate in the 2019 New Zealand Wine Sommeliers Scholarship.

  • Matthew Dunne, Solotel
  • Emma Farrelly, State Buildings
  • Stephanie Jacob, Supernormal
  • David Murphy, One Penny Red
  • Bridget Raffal, Sixpenny

First launched in association with Sommeliers Australia in 2015, the scholarship is now a global initiative with sommeliers from Asia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and USA set to join the Australian scholars in 2019.

Limited to just 20 attendees, the two day Sommit™ will be hosted in Hawke’s Bay by Master of Wine Stephen Wong and world renowned Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn who attended the very first Sommit™ in 2016 as a guest. The events are a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with particular emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community and is just one part of an intensive programme of 11 days, including the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough and the Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine symposium in Gisborne.

“We see the sommelier scholars as playing an important role in the on-premise growth of the New Zealand wine category in Australia, sharing personal discoveries from the experience with restaurant guests and the wider sommelier community. We are looking forward to welcoming the 2019 scholars across the ditch to explore the depth and breadth of our many wine regions and in turn creating the ultimate in-market ambassadors for New Zealand wine,” said New Zealand Winegrowers’ Manager - Australia, Natalie Grace.

2019 marked the Australian introduction of the ‘One to Watch’ category celebrating the role young sommeliers play in the industry. Two places were offered in its first year to Bridget Raffal of Sixpenny and Stephanie Jacob of Supernormal who throughout the application process demonstrated the qualities essential to becoming future leaders in their profession.

For further information contact:
Natalie Grace
Manager – Australia
New Zealand Winegrowers
Phone: +61 451 430 311
Email: natalie.grace@nzwine.com

Previous Australian Sommelier Scholars:

2016
Amanda Yallop, Quay, NSW
Jared Hill, Brae, VIC
Liam O'Brien, Cutler & Co, VIC
Matthew Lamb, Apples & Pears Entertainment Group, VIC
Vicki Brewer, Aloft Restaurant, VIC
Leanne Altmann, Andrew McConnell Restaurants, VIC
Pip Anderson, MONA, TAS
Sarah Hagan, Locale, QLD
David Stevens-Castro, Crown Plaza Surfer's Paradise, QLD

2017
Alex Kirkwood, Aria, NSW
Seamus Brandt, Quay, NSW
Nathanial Hatwell, Dear Sainte Eloise, NSW
Olivia Evans, Paper Daisy, NSW
Banjo Harris Plane, Bar Liberty, VIC
David Lawler, Consultant, VIC
Eva Hudson, Attica, VIC
Aleks Balodis, Emporium Southpoint, QLD
Jonathan Brook, Bistro Blackwood, SA
Josie Phillips, UK

2018
Sarah Andrew, Selador Wines, VIC
John Paul Wilkinson, Cutler & Co, VIC
Anthony Pieri, Apples and Pears Entertainment Group, VIC
Richard Healy, Rockpool Dining Group, NSW
Shanteh Wong, Quay Restaurant, NSW
Jeremy Prus, Lalla Rookh Bar & Eating House, WA
Emmanuel Cadieu, FRA

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