Information and History


The Guild of Sommeliers in Ireland was founded in 1958 as a subsidiary branch of the parent body in the UK. Mr. John Morgan of Morgans Wines in Dawson Street was the first President and the first Chairman was Mr Paddy Kingsbury of the Gresham Hotel; Mr. John d’Turton of McCullaghs Wine Merchants was the Secretary.

At an Extraordinary General Meeting in 1972 it was unanimously agreed to set up a parent body in Ireland and to promote branches in different parts of the Country. In 1983 the Irish Guild of Sommeliers affiliated to the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) and thus became part of the world governing body.

The main aims of the Guild are:

  • to promote amongst its members a greater knowledge of and interest in wines and their service
  • to arrange educational and cultural activities to this end
  • to promote business, social and friendly functions amongst members

The Guild runs courses from time to time depending on demand to help members develop their skills. It arranges regular tutored tastings and competitions. Guild members have competed in the World and European sommelier competitions for many years. Principals of the leading wine houses of the world have addressed Guild members.   Members are also encouraged to take part in international competitions and events organised by leading wine companies, at which the Guild has represented Ireland on a numerous occasions.

Persons involved in the sales, service, promotion and all aspects of the wine business are eligible to join the Guild as Professional Sommeliers or as Trade members, and persons who have a keen and sincere interest in gaining wine knowledge and promoting wine can join as Associate members. The many activities of the Guild give all members the opportunity to meet regularly with like-minded wine lovers in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

For further information contact the Secretary

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