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The sommelleries

The international sommellerie

The responsibilities of a modern sommelier are today seen as going far beyond merely serving wines. As well as a complete knowledge of this field, and an indispensable gift for human relationships, he/she must also display a considerable understanding of purchase and stocks management. A good sommelier is today also associated with the marketing of the business.

While knowledge of wines and spirits can be acquired in specialist schools (such as Oenology Institutes) and the foundations of the trade in specialist institutions (hostelry schools, etc), there is no other means of acquiring the necessary experience other than informally throughout one's career. This situation makes obvious the need for continuous training in the real sense of the word, which would consolidate scattered personal experiences by means of a rational approach.

The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (A.S.I.) has set itself the task of constructing this necessary continuous training program, which in the form of courses, books and regularly updated training material - available on this web site - will supply the framework for the continuous updating of information indispensable in a profession which must constantly adapt to the ceaseless evolution in techniques and tastes.

A.S.I., a non-profit making organization, was founded in Reims (France) on the 3 - 4 June 1969, and has the following aims:
• To bring together the national sommellerie associations (just one member association per country) and to promote their founding where they do not yet exist
• To co-ordinate actions aimed at developing and advancing the profession by various means (training courses, etc.)
• To enhance the sommelier's profession as well as educating the consumer
• To defend the ethics of the profession

A.S.I. participates in all events related to wine, spirits and other drinks, and is able to take any action directly or indirectly aimed at its objectives defined above.

A.S.I. organizes the A.S.I. contest of the Best Sommelier of the World and the continental A.S.I. contests of Europe, Asia&Oceania and the Americas.

The A.S.I. legal Headquarters are located in Paris (France). And A.S.I. is administered by the member country holding the presidency for a three-year period. The Administrative Council composed of the President, a Secretary General, helped by an assistant Secretary, a Treasurer and an assistant Treasurer, as well as the Continental Vice-Presidents and the presidents of each national member association or their elected representatives.

A.S.I. Board 2017-2020:

Andrès Rosberg, Président (Argentina)
Michèle Aström Chantôme, General Secretary (Morocco)
Michelle Mc Carthy, Deputy General Secretary (Canada)
Philippe Faure-Brac, Trésorier (France)
Samuil Angelov, Trésorier adjoint (Finland)

A.S.I. Continental Vice-Presidents

• Wiliam Wouters , Vice-President for Europe (Belgium)
• Ricardo Grellet, Vice-Président for the Americas (Chile)
• Saiko Tamura-Soga, Vice-President for Asia & Oceania (Japan)

The Best Sommeliers of the World
1969 - Armand Melkonian (F)
1971 - Piero Sattanino (IT)
1978 - Giuseppe Vaccarini (IT)
1983 - Jean-Luc Pouteau (F)
1986 - Jean-Claude Jambon (F)
1989 - Serge Dubs (F)
1992 - Philippe Faure-Brac (F)
1995 - Shinya Tasaki (JP)
1998 - Markus del Monego (DE)
2000 - Olivier Poussier (F)
2004 - Enrico Bernardo (I)
2007 - Andreas Larsson (SE)
2010 - Gérard Basset (F)
2013 - Paolo Basso (CH)
2016 - Arvid Rosengren (SE)

The Best Sommeliers of Europe
1988 - Serge Dubs (F)
1990 - Mikael Söderström (SE)
1992 - Bernd Kreis (DE)
1994 - Eric Beaumard (F)
1996 - Gerard Basset (GB)
1998 - Eric Duret (F)
2000 - Franck Thomas (F)
2002 - Enrico Bernardo (IT)
2004 - Andreas Larsson (SE)
2006 - Robert Lie (NO)
2008 - Isa Bal (TR)
2010 - Paolo Basso (CH)
2013 - Arvid Rosengren (SE)
2017 - Raimonds Tomsons (LG)

53 full member countries + 4 observer member countries

1. Albania
2. Argentina
3. Australia
4. Austria
5. Belgium
6. Brazil
7. Bulgaria
8. Canada
9. Chile
10. China (incl. Hong Kong)
11. Croatia
12. Cyprus
13. Czech Republic
14. Denmark
15. Estonia
16. Finland
17. France
18. Georgia
19. Germany
20. Greece
21. Hungary
22. Iceland
23. Indonesia
24. Ireland
25. Italy
26. Japan
27. Korea
28. Latvia
29. Lithuania
30. Luxembourg
31. Malaysia
32. Mexico
33. Monaco
34. Morocco
35. Netherlands
36. Norway
37. Poland
38. Portugal
39. Romania
40. Russia
41. Serbia
42. Singapore
43. Slovak Republic
44. Slovenia
45. Spain
46. Sweden
47. Switzerland
48. Taiwan
49. Turkey
50. Ukraine
51. United Kingdom
52. Uruguay
53. Venezuela

Observer member countries
1. Mauritius
2. Montenegro
3. South Africa
4. Thailand