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 programs, by contrast, are brand new. In December 2021, 242 candidates representing 29 nationalities sat the first ever ASI Certification 1 exam. It was later announced that 171 achieved the required 65% passing mark, making them the first recipients of the ASI Certification 1.
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.
The launch of ASI Certification level 2 is expected in 2023.
Three levels, three audiences
* Certification level 1 tests the basic knowledge of aspiring sommeliers on the international stage.
* 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.
5-6 July 2022
ASI General Assembly, Nagoya, Japan
11-14 SEPTEMBER 2022
7-11 NOVEMBER 2022
21 NOVEMBER 2022
7-12 FEBRUARY 2023
ASI Contest Best Sommelier of the World, Paris, France
13 MARCH 2023
MAY / JUNE 2023 (*EXACT DATES TO BE CONFIRMED)
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2023 (*EXACT DATES TO BE CONFIRMED)
4-5 JULY 2023
ASI General Assembly, Helsinki, Finland