Last year’s finalists and winner: Valentin Radosav: Head Sommelier – Gymkhana

    The Languedoc Roussillon vineyard is the largest producing region in the world and arguably one of the most exciting and innovative in France. over the last few years, the industry in this part of southern France has been evolving profoundly thanks to new regulations and young and dynamic wine makers.

    Competitors will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of wine from the south of France and build their confidence in the subject matter. Competing sommeliers will go head to head, under the surveying eyes of their employers and customers, while raising the profile of the profession as a whole and of the wines of the region.

    The steps to take part

    Step  1: Register online: http://suddefrance.co.uk/sommeliercompetition2019/

    Entry forms must be completed by 31 July 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Each entrant must be nominated by his/her employer or manager.

    Step 2: Round 1 Questionnaire

    Entrants will receive a preliminary questionnaire designed to test their knowledge, which can be completed in consultation with colleagues or reference materials.

    Step 3: Semi-finals & Final

    Successful entrants will be invited to participate in the semi-finals held in London on Monday, 30 September 2019. Candidates will be judged on a written questionnaire, a blind tasting and a food and wine pairing recommendation. The top three candidates will move on to the finals that same afternoon. Candidates will be tested both practically and orally in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The winner will be announced at the end of the competition.

    The finalists in the last Sud de France Sommelier competition

    Judging panel

    The judging panel is composed of respected members of the trade:

    • Douglas Blyde: Chairman
    • Valentin Radosav: Head Sommelier – Gymkhana
    • Su-Lin Ong: Wine & Food Specialist PR
    • Richard Siddle: Editor-in-Chief, The Buyer

    What do you win?

    Each semi-finalist will win a copy of the “Sud de France Master Level Manual” written by Master of Wine Matthew Stubb. (value £55)

    The winner of the Sud de France Sommelier Competition will be able to attend the International Sud de France Sommelier of the Year in Spring 2020 and will receive a 4-night stay in Occitanie  which includes:

    * Return airfare from the UK to Montpellier

    * 4-night accommodation in a hotel in the region

    * Personalised tasting tours of selected premium vineyards

    Contact details

    For more information contact Sébastien du Boullay