2019 saw both a seniors and juniors competition from the Association of Sommeliers of the Slovak Republic. In the senior category, Gabriel Kollar, Head Sommelier at The Taste Wine Bar and Restaurant in Bratislava, was declared Best Sommelier of Slovakia 2019. He will represent the country at the next level in Cyprus.
At the juniors level, candidates were run through a challenging gauntlet of knowledge, service and sensory tests. The jury, led by newly elected association President Beáta Vlnková, ultimately awarded David Hetteš first place. He is the 6th Slovak to receive the Junior Vitis Trophy.