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Professionals at the forefront of all things wine

Our organisation is a not for profit incorporated society and its primary goal is to create a community of people from around New Zealand working with wine, beverages, wine and beverage sales, marketing within the sectors of hospitality, wine, wine tourism, wine education, wine marketing and sales and people who share the values of the Association

In 2018, the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals was accepted as an Observer member of the Association of Sommeliers International (ASI). It will become a full member in 2020.



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Dion Wai - NZ Sommelier of the Year 2019

Dion Wai, who won Sommelier of the Year 2016 as a 26 year old, has gone on to build his knowledge and skills by competing in 2018 in Hong Kong at the Castel Cup.

Tori Haysom - NZ Wine Professional of the Year 2019

Tori works as a fine wine account manager for Dhall and Nash Wines and previously worked at Glengarry Wines. She holds the Wine and Spirit Level 3 and studied cookery and the Professional Wine Certificate at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine.

Nikki Weir - NZ Young Sommelier of the Year 2019

Nikki has been working in Auckland for some time and was runner-up in the competition in 2018. She shares tips and feedback about her experience.

Leadership in Wine #37 - Anna Krykunivsky

Anna is a British sommelier based in Queenstown. She was awarded Emerging Wine Service Professional of the Year at the Queenstown Hospitality Awards in 2019.


Upcoming events

ASI Association of Sommeliers International General Assembly & 50 Anniversary

ASI Association of Sommeliers International General Assembly & 50 Anniversary

Sat 5 Oct 2019 (9:00 AM) - Tue 8 Oct 2019 (11:00 PM)

The General Assembly of ASI Association of Sommeliers International will be held in Reims, France. October 5 - 6 2019

WSET Award in Wines

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Mon 14 Oct 2019 (9:00 AM) - Tue 29 Oct 2019 (10:00 AM)

The WSET Level 3 is a class-room based course with 10 sessions in October.

Hans Herzog on Great Vines

Hans Herzog on Great Vines

Tue 29 Oct 20193:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Hans Herzog has over 26 different grape varieties planted in his 11 hectares vineyard in Marlborough.

Tristan on Southern Rhone

Tristan on Southern Rhone

Mon 4 Nov 20193:00 PM - 4:30 PM


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