The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017
Over 650 Australian wines were showcased to a group of 50 sommeliers from some of the world’s best restaurants and bars as they visited Australia in April as part of Wine Australia’s Somms of the World program, coinciding with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017.
Hailing from the UK, US, Thailand, Japan, Spain, China, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, the leading sommeliers were invited by Wine Australia to get to know our wine regions, experience the breadth and diversity of Australian wine and meet the winemakers.
This is the first time a wine program has been run in conjunction with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants event program, which hosts the world’s best chefs. As the official wine partner of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Wine Australia provided all the wines for the program of events and used the opportunity to create the Somms of the World satellite program to shine a light on Australia’s renowned wine and food offering.
The extensive wine program began in Sydney with the sommeliers participating in a masterclass introducing the history, evolution and revolution of Australian wine at Quay Restaurant. They travelled to Melbourne for the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards, tastings and day trips to Victorian wine regions. The group also selected an interstate trip to visit wine regions in South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and ACT.
As part of the program, Wine Australia invited every wine region in Australia to submit wine to feature in the Somm Space, an area for the sommeliers to gather each day to try a diverse mix of Australian wines while in Melbourne. The wines presented ranged from the classics and some of Australia’s most coveted and rare finds to experimental and new wave winemakers.
Over 2600 bottles of wine from 42 regions were tasted and enjoyed by the international sommeliers, chefs and media during the 10 day program.
For a large number of the group it was the first time they had visited Australia. The sommeliers will become part of Wine Australia’s alumni program and will receive news and invitations to participate in Australian wine events in their markets.
The World's 50 Best Restaurants and Somms of the World frequently asked questions are available here.