Celebration ASI 50th anniversary

For most people, anniversaries are joyously celebrated with champagne.

Naturally, when you’re the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, milestone events are cause to celebrate with champagne, but also in Champagne.  

Of course, we are talking about the ASI’s 50th anniversary, which will be commemorated over two days (October 7th & 8th, 2019), first in Reims and then in the area of Épernay.

The ASI was born 50 years ago in the cradle of our profession, in France, in Reims, and it has successfully grown well beyond those borders. Today we are proud of our 55 active national association members, 4 observer and 6 applying observer countries across all continents. This represents a significant number of sommeliers from around the world …

So we invite you to join us for what will surely be one of the greatest gatherings of international sommeliers in history. Come raise your glass with us! And take part in all the activities that are being organized for this unique occasion. We are not 50 years old everyday!

October 7th (Reims) & 8th (Épernay) 2019

You already know ASI was founded in Reims in 1969…

Let’s celebrate the ASI 50th anniversary in Reims and Épernay on October 7th and 8th after the annual ASI General Assembly.

Please don’t hesitate! Register now!

The registration fee* is 250 € per person.

Early bird registration fee is only 200 € per person for people registering until September 15th.
Go ahead and register right now!

The registration fee gives you the right to participate free of charge in all the activities planned in the programme below.

*This event is only open to members of a Sommelier Association affiliated with ASI and their spouses/partners.
Note: Hotel accommodation is NOT included in this fee! Optional room bookings can be made via the registration form.


Monday, October 7th

11.30 – 19.00 – in the Grande Halle du Boulingrin, Reims

  • Wine and Champagne Fair with some 170 exhibitors of champagne, wine and spirits.
  • Gourmet delicacies like cheeses, oysters, caviar etc. throughout the day
  • Over 15 Master classes to choose from including (more information on registration will be forwarded).

The Master classes on Monday, October 7th

All Master classes will be held in English language or translated to English

  • Champagne Collet
    • Focus on the Blancs de Noirs
  • Champagne Veuve Clicquot
    • Cuvée La Grande Dame 2008 white and rosé + mini vertical tasting of Grande Dame White
  • Champagne Perrier-Jouët
    • Blanc de Blancs
  • Champagne GH Mumm
    • The Vintages
  • Advini
    • Domaine Laroche, Horizontale vintage 2018: 1ers crus right and left bank (Burgundy – Chablis)
  • Château La Grâce Dieu des Prieurs
    • Discover the Art Russe collection
  • Champagne Jean Hû
    • Discover the cuvées and the Champagne Jean Hû estate
  • Champagne Bourdaire Gallois
    • Discover the terroir from Saint-Thierry massif
  • Champagne Philipponnat
    • « Hot Terroirs and Hot Vintages, Clos des Goisses. Why the global warming is not a problem »
  • Cammy France
    • Discover the most famous Chinese Spirit, Moutai
  • CVBG – Thiénot
    • Diversity of Bordeaux terroirs through the Essence de Dourthe tasting
  • Pernod Ricard Spain
    • Ysios’ Singular Vineyards in Rioja Alavesa
  • Chef & Sommelier
    • Creation process  of the new champagne glass
  • Bodega Jean Leon by Torres
    • Bodega Jean Leon presented by Mireia Torres Maczassek
  • Graham’s Port
    • The Cellar Master’s Trilogy by Graham’s Port
  • Château Angelus
    • Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal presents Château Angélus 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 and Carillon d’Angélus 2014
  • Château Laguiole Ligne W
    • Sébastien Lézier’s policy with the sommeliers
  • Vinventions
    • “Taste the difference” – How can the quality of a cork impact the aging of the wine in a bottle? Come and discover how important the oxygen through the cork movement matters.

19.00 – 21.00 – in the Grande Halle du Boulingrin, Reims

  • Potée Champenoise – local “grape pickers” stew which was traditionally prepared on grape harvesting day.
  • ASI 50th Anniversary celebration

21.00 – …

  • After party (location to be confirmed)

Tuesday, October 8th


  • Enjoy the landscape of the villages of Champagne on the way to Chouilly / Épernay by bus (included to registration fee)
    • The busses will leave from Hotel de la Paix and from in front of the Reims Congress Center, 12 bld General Leclerc
  • Discover the villages of Champagne
  • Walking tasting of Jeunes Talents de Champagne (young talents of Champagne) in the beautiful panoramic room at Nicolas Feuillatte, located in the middle of the vineyards
  • Courtesy call on the mayor of Épernay at Town Hall

starting at 16.00

  • Transfer by bus back to Reims with a visit of Abbaye Saint-Pierre d’Hautvillers, which hosted Dom Pérignon

20.00 – …

  • Ningxia Helan Mountain Eastern Foothills Wine Region Evening at Salon Degermann

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