Hong Kong Sommelier Association
The Hong Kong Sommelier Association was formed in September 1989 by a group of professional wine service personnel. Since the establishment, the Association has organized a series of spectacular wine related events and competitions which were all very well received.
In 1998, the Association has received honourable recognition from Association de la Sommellerie Internationale ASI, and participated in their international sommelier competition in June in Vienna Austria.
The Association is set to share information of wines and spirits with all our members through informative wine courses, tutorial wine tastings, winemaker visits and tastings, educational wine tours as well as social gatherings.
It is our aspiration to shape a favourable and encouraging business environment for the wine industry where we regularly organize wine tasting and training for wine traders, as well as monthly wine challenges allowing wine importers to showcase their products to wine professions and the public.
We also actively take part in major wine shows and arrange enthusiastic wine events in Hong Kong to encourage the catering industry to promote wine culture with us.
Since 1997, the Association started to arrange our own sommelier competition. It helps to promote sommelier profession in town and upgrade the skills of sommeliers. Every three years, we select the best sommelier out of our three-year champions and nominate the winner to join the ASI International Sommelier Competition, and we also prepare candidate for the new Asia-Oceania Sommelier Competition.
With the support from HOFEX Hong Kong, the Association successfully arranged the first Hong Kong International Wine Challenge in May 2009. The Challenge was open to all wines around the world with 264 entries in nine categories. A total of 27 gold medal winners were selected by a judge panel grouped by more than 30 wine professionals, wine suppliers and wine lovers who represent the real drinker market.
The Association would like to dedicate this as an annual event which allows winemakers and importers to showcase their wines to the general public with a proper medal system stating their product quality.
We have started our own sommelier accreditation system since 2006, and the Sommelier Register has been published for the public in September 2009. Details could be found in our website.
All examination details and leveling are listed for all interested parties who have the aspiration of accomplishing professional development and achievement.