Member News: Sebastian Russold, Germany’s Sommelier Trophy Winner

16 Dec 2021

Sebastian Russold from Cologne is the “Best Sommelier in Germany” after winning the final of the sixth Sommelier Trophy held in Neustadt an der Weinstraße on Sunday, November 21st, 2021. Russold’s win follows on the heels of compatriot Maximilian Wilm, winner of the previous Sommelier Trophy, sixth place finish at the recent ASI Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa contest.


In the final, the 29-year-old Russold competed against second-placed Julian Schweighart from Guido al Duomo in Munich and third-placed Emmanuel Rosier from CCM3 Hospitality Consulting in Berlin. Of the contest, Russold says “It was a great competition. The performances of the colleagues were impressive. Anyone of us could have made it. I had the necessary bit of luck on my side today and I am overjoyed!”


Peer F. Holm, President of the Sommelier-Union Germany: “An outstanding performance! The level was very high today – all finalists did great. Congratulations on behalf of the entire Sommelier-Union to Sebastian Russold.”