New Zealand Wine Sommit™

Industry Event Only

The New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship provides engaged wine professionals from all over the world with the opportunity to take part in an unforgettable wine experience, discovering the regions, varieties, landscapes and personalities that make New Zealand wine so distinctly New Zealand.

Sommit™ Central Otago


“The Post-Sommit Blues are very real. I really cannot express how grateful I am for the experience. It was everything.”

Group sitting around table at a masterclass

Limited to just 20 sommelier attendees, the 2021 Sommit™ will be held in February 2021, in Gisborne, the first wine region in the world to wake up to each new day.

Shepherded by New Zealand sommeliers, Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong MW, attended exclusively by sommeliers and targeted exclusively to their interests, the Sommit™ is an all-encompassing celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with particular emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community.

It's also crazy fun.


The scholarship includes:

Attendance at the Sommit™ in Gisborne (17-18 February 2021)

Attendance at the Aromatics Symposium in Marlborough (20-21 February 2021) or the Classic Reds Symposium in Hawke's Bay (27-28 February 2021)

Attendance at Pinot Noir New Zealand (23-25 February 2021)

Wine experiences and tastings in regions across New Zealand, providing winemaker interaction and invaluable discussion and debate opportunities with international peers

International and domestic flights, accommodation, meals, transfers, event registrations and all event inclusions

Candidates are expected to have an obsession for all things wine, and a particular hankering for knowledge of New Zealand wine.

“Sommit was without a doubt the most incredible experience of my professional life. Not only was it fun and informative and adventurous, it personified the New Zealand wine industry through gracious hosts, serious winemakers and a level of playful uniqueness that won’t ever be forgotten.”

For any queries with regard to the New Zealand Wine International Sommelier Scholarship and New Zealand Wine Sommit™, please contact Felicity Turner - New Zealand Winegrowers Market Implementation & Education Manager: [email protected]

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