Sommellerie is a skilled trade that requires deep knowledge of many different fields, including tasting, wine culture, food and wine pairing, oenology, viticulture, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and much more, often alongside a mastery of foreign languages.
History and eligibility //
The ASI Certification 1 & 2 exams, by contrast, were launched in 2021.
467 candidates representing 41nationalities sat the ASI Certification 1.
327 achieved the required 65% passing graduating as ASI Certification 1 recipients.
The exams are open to sommeliers or future / aspiring sommeliers studying or working in the oeno-gastronomic world (restaurants, wine bars, wine merchants, distribution…) according to the official OIV definition.
Please contact your national sommelier association for more details and registration.
The ASI Certification 2 exams are expected to take place in November 2023.
Three levels, three audiences
* Certification 1 tests the basic international knowledge of aspiring sommeliers.
* Certification 2 builds on these expectations and also tests the skills required of a sommelier in an international environment.
* The ASI Sommelier Diploma certifies the highest levels of skills and knowledge required of international sommeliers and professionals in the restaurant-hotel sector
The three levels build on one another, although it is not necessary to have acquired level 1 before taking level 2, or either Certification before the Diploma exam. All ASI exams are outcome based assessments.
4th-5th July 2023 (+5-6th July Wine Symposium held by Finnish Sommelier Association)
GA, Helsinki, Finland
29th October- 1st November 2023
Bootcamp Americas, Quito, Ecuador
22nd-24th February 2024
4th March 2024
ASI Diploma exam
10th-15th November 2024
Best Sommelier Europe & Africa 2024, Belgrade, Serbia
Bootcamp Europe and Africa 2024
To come 2025 & 2026 TBC
Best Sommelier Americas
Best Sommelier Asia & Pacific
Bootcamp Asia & Pacific
Best Sommelier of the World
Cape Town GA May 2025