The Taittinger UK Sommelier of the Year competition recognises the very finest talent in wine service. Organised by The Caterer , in partnership with the Academy of Food and Wine Service, the event is open to professional sommeliers working in the UK.

Entries for the 2020 competition are now open,  enter here

Please take time to read the Entry rules and make a note of the various dates you will be required to commit to during the competition. (Regional Finals - 24 April, Taittinger Trip - 22 & 23 June, Preliminary Semi-Finals - 6 July and Semi-final & Finals - 20 July). 


Widely regarded as the premier accolade in UK wine service, past winners include some of the industry’s leading lights when it comes to wine knowledge, including Nicolas Clerc, Ronan Sayburn and Xavier Rousset. Candidates are judged on their wine and drink expertise as well as their ability to deal efficiently and knowledgeably with customers by demonstrating exemplary front of house skills.

To watch the 2019 competition highlights please  click here

Romain Bourger was named the winner of the 2019 competition having excelled in the live tasks in front of an audience of wine industry leaders, the Vineyard in Stockcross Head Sommelier won, having beaten Gareth Ferreira and Alan Bednarski in a closely fought contest.  To read more,  click here