The World’s Best Sommelier Contest has been in existence since 1969. The contest facilitates exchanges between numerous hotel and restaurant professionals, encourages healthy competition between entrants, motivates them to perfect their skills, and helps widen knowledge of the sommelier profession in the public at large. The competition takes place every three years in one of the ASI member countries that has been authorized to host the event by the ASI.

Each delegation participating in the competition represents either an ASI member country or an observer country. Each official delegation includes a candidate, a journalist and the president of the National Association. More than 1,000 entrants have taken part in the latest events. To enter the competition, candidates must work in restaurants, wine-bars, with wine merchants or in the oenogastronomy business.

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