Calling all talented sommeliers to enter the prestigious South African Sommelier Association’s 2018 Best Sommelier competition, brought to you in association with Moët & Chandon.

The South African Sommelier Association (SASA) is scouting for a person with exceptional skill, knowledge and experience. But above all, the search is on for a leader with charisma and charm – the rising star who will represent South Africa in the 2019 ASI Best Sommelier Championships in Belgium.

Dedicated to the discipline, art and love of fine beverages, SASA  aims, with this exciting competition, to support and empower South Africa’s top professional sommeliers who share the joy and energy of wine and spirits service.

Are you an active professional sommelier? Then this competition for the title of Best Sommelier 2018 is for you. Not only is it an incredible opportunity to expose yourself to a competition environment but the winner will be sent to Belgium as South Africa’s representative of the ASI Best Sommelier of the World Championships in March 2019.

The competition

All that is required to enter is good overall wine knowledge of South African and international wines in terms of region, viticulture and vinification, as well as basic knowledge of beer, cider, spirits, water, coffee and tea. Questions will include topics such as wine styles, regions of origin and terminology, wine label information, wine regulations and wine storage. You will also be assessed on skill and the ability to deliver exceptional beverage service. You need to have formal training and hold a serious wine qualification to enter and must be employed in the service of food and wine at the time of entry with a minimum of three years’ experience in the hospitality industry. You must be an active SASA member or sign up on the SASA website before entry.

The competition is open to residents of all nationalities working in South Africa and to all South African citizens over the age of 21, working abroad. The semi-finals will take place on the morning of Thursday 6 September in Cape Town. The finals will take place at the same venue thereafter. –  Press release