In April 2018, Uruguay Sommelier Association – AUSP had elections for a new president of the association.
The new president is 34 years young Adriana Rossi from Montevideo.
Adriana started her professional education in beverages in 2012, and since then she became an expert in different fields: beers, coffee and sommelier.
She graduated as a sommelier in 2013 by The Uruguayan Chemistry University – UdelaR.
She has worked in the gastronomy business for ten years. Nowadays she is co-owner and manager of ‘Los Horneros’, a wine and beer-focused store. She organizes tastings and workshops in her store, for other groups and gives lectures on wine and beer.
We asked her two important questions about the vision and mission. Here is what she had to say:
Q1: What is your vision for the future for the association of sommeliers in Uruguay?
Adriana: Our team goal is to have the profession of sommelier legally recognized in our country.
We are focused on getting more Sommeliers involved in the association and enlarge the number of enrolled members.
And last but not least to give support and academic development for all the associates pushing our profession to the next level.
Q2: How do you see development/promotion of the sommelier profession in Uruguay and the world?
Adriana: The presence and importance of the sommelier have increased considerably in the last ten years in Uruguay. In the world, progress has been even more significant with famous names linked to different wine sectors.
As for the promotion, we still a long way to open doors and build strategic alliances that allow us to show our abilities as ambassadors of wine culture.