Media Release
22 August 2019
New Zealand Winegrowers is pleased to announce the 14 successful sommeliers chosen to participate in
the 2019 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship.
The New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship is a global initiative with sommeliers from Asia,
Australia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and USA all eligible
to participate.
The 2019 event will play host to just 16 international sommeliers, including hosts Master of Wine
Stephen Wong, and Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas.
Sommit™ 2019 will be held in Northland, the country’s northernmost, and most spectacularly coastal,
wine region. 2019 also marks the 200 year anniversary of the first planting of grapevines in New
Zealand. Reverend Samuel Marsden records 25 September 1819 as the day he planted a vine in the rich
grounds of the Stone Store, Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands.
Sommit™ Northland will take place on the two days immediately prior to the anniversary, on 23 & 24
September, and will be an incredibly special Sommit™, exploring the regions, varieties, landscapes and
personalities that make New Zealand wine extraordinary, 200 years on.
As per previous years, the experience remains 100% sommelier-exclusive, with the full day masterclass
being a closed-door session, shepherded by Cameron and Stephen, but not presented by them. The
discussion on the day will be informed organically, by what is tasted in the glass. The sommelier guests
will then head to Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, and finally, Central Otago.
“Sommit™ is like no other experience for a sommelier,” says New Zealand Winegrowers’ Market
Implementation & Education Manager, Felicity Turner. “It is an opportunity to taste amongst
international peers, in the most astonishing New Zealand surrounds, and completely closed door. No
winemakers, no wine marketers, just on-premise industry professionals tasting, discussing and debating
without agenda. It’s a truly unique experience for our guests.”
The 14 successful sommeliers are:
• Delphin Duan, Edition Hotels (Shanghai)
• Toshimichi Okamura, The Ritz-Carlton (Osaka)
• Ashlyn Foster, Quay (Sydney)
• Bhatia Dheeraj, Est. (Sydney)
• Wiremu Andrews, Pt. Leo Estate & Laura Restaurants (Melbourne)
• Brad Royale, Brad Royale Consulting (Alberta & BC)
Media Release
22 August 2019
UK & Europe
• Jacqueline Doucette, Geranium (Copenhagen)
• Julia Sewell, Hide (London)
• Philip Dunne, The Westbury Hotel (Dublin)
United Arab Emirates
• Amit Chavan, Hakkasan (Abu Dhabi)
• Andrew Pettingell, Otium (Los Angeles)
• Chris Struck, Union Square Café (New York)
• Ezra Wicks, Bar Ferdinand (Seattle)
• Jonathan Lopez, The Milling Room (New York)
To date, the programme has hosted six Sommit™ events, for 97 Sommiteers, from 16 countries.
Previous Sommit™ events have seen a marked increase in listings of New Zealand wines in top
international restaurants.

Editors notes:

New Zealand wine is exported to more than 100 countries, with total exports reaching $1.83 billion in

For further information contact:
Felicity Turner
Market Implementation & Education Manager
New Zealand Winegrowers
+64 21 552 173
[email protected]

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