First launched in 2015 with a scholarship for Australian sommeliers, the programme is now a global initiative with the European sommeliers joining scholars from Australia, Asia, Canada, New Zealand and the US.
This the second year of running the scholarship programme in Europe. Each scholarship recipient attends a Sommit event, limited to just 20 sommeliers, with content targeted exclusively to their interests. Next year’s Sommits take place in Nelson and Central Otago, two of New Zealand’s top winemaking regions.
Hosted by Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas and Master of Wine Stephen Wong, the events celebrate the lesser-known aspects of New Zealand wine, with emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community.
“Our objective is that these sommeliers will become true ambassadors for New Zealand wine” commented Chris Stroud, European Marketing Manager for New Zealand Winegrowers, “sharing personal wine discoveries and insights from their trips with restaurant guests and the wider sommelier community.”
The successful sommeliers are:
Jurica Gojevic – Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland
James Devereux – Manchester House, Manchester, UK
Stefan Kobald – Social Company, London, UK
Andrea Martinisi – Hotel Terravina, Hampshire, UK
Glen Montgomery – Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, UK
Marc Almert – Baur au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland
Fredrik Lindfors – Grand Hotel Stockholm, Sweden
Lendl Mijnhijmer – Hotel 27, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
New Zealand wine exports reached a new record high of $1.66 billion, up 6% in the year to the end of June, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.