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New Zealand Young Sommelier of the Year

This award recognises excellence in New Zealand wine knowledge for outstanding candidates working in any hospitality business. We encourage entries from candidates who wish to develop their wine skills and progress to more senior positions in their chosen field.

Sunday 28 July 2019

9.30 - 11.00am | Written Exam and Blind Tasting

Includes multi-choice and short answer 
Blind tasting of 2 New Zealand Wines

11am Meet John Szabo MS

1.30pm | Three Finalist will be announced

1.30pm  Service and selling techniques:

  • Table One: Open wine (under cork) at the table for guest judges (5 minutes)
  • Table Two:  Food and Wine Pairing and Ageing potential of New Zealand Wines

Convenor of Judges: Marek Przyborek CMS Advanced, Head Sommelier Sky City, Winner NZ Sommelier of the Year 2018

Guest Judge: John Szabo MS

12-6.30pm     NZ Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Wine Tasting and Masterclasses

6pm               AGM of New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals

7pm               Awards Dinner at NZ School of Food and Wine


Terms & Conditions

  • Must be aged under 27 years on July 1 2019
  • Must have worked or be working in a restaurant for 12 months
  • Must a member of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association

Prize: A two day trip to visit the vineyards of the North Canterbury Wine Region before 30 November 2019.

Return airfares and accommodation for the winner and a friend sponsored by Black EstateGreystone and Pegasus Bay, leading Vineyards of the North Canterbury Wine Region.

The prize includes a winery tour, dinner and private tutored tasting with Dom Maxwell of Greystone and New Zealand Winemaker of the Year.  Two night's accommodation at Black Estate's B & B on the Home vineyard and lunch for two at the Black Estate Restaurant.

Please click here to register


Bethany Jeffries wins New Zealand Junior Sommelier of the Year,  2018