Top Sommeliers Tour Australia

January 1, 2015
By Alana House
Wine Australia’s annual Sommelier Immersion Program (SIP) is now well underway, with sommeliers from some of Australia’s best restaurants currently making their way across the country’s wine regions.

Sommeliers are traveling to the King Valley, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Langhorne Creek and Margaret River, visiting winemakers and wineries in each region along the way; taking part in tastings, master classes and informal education sessions.

SIP was first established in 2012 to develop local sommeliers’ knowledge of Australian wine, its diversity, the characteristics of its regions and the personalities and stories behind the wines.

“We want to make sure that our own sommeliers, who are such an important part of the fine dining experience, are just as excited as those influencers overseas to share Australian wine discoveries with their diners”, Wine Australia’s Regional Director, Aaron Brasher said.

The sommeliers taking part in this year’s SIP are also currently running in the Wine List of the Year competition.

Entrants currently on the SIP include:

  • Tim Briar – The Botanical/Colonial Leisure Group (Melbourne)

  • Romaine Cauvin – Aria (Sydney)

  • Dave Currie – Press food & wine (Adelaide)

  • Sarah Hagan – Urbane Restaurant (Brisbane)

  • Penny Grant – Black Bird Bar & Grill (Brisbane)

  • Gordon Jamison – The Old Brewery (Perth)

  • Matthew McLeod – No. 8 by John Lawson (Melbourne)

  • Fabien Moalic – The Press Club/Mode Establishment (Melbourne)

  • Tony Venn – Rockpool (Sydney)

  • Shanteh Wong – Quay (Sydney)


drinks bulletin, media partner of the Wine List of the Year competition in conjunction with Gourmet Traveller WINE, will be announcing the winners of the 2015 competition at the end of July.
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