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13/05/2015

Australia’s top sommeliers immersed in wine

Australian sommeliers from some of the country’s best restaurants have today ventured off to spend eight days in wine regions across three states for Wine Australia’s fourth annual Sommelier Immersion Program (SIP) trip.

The 10 guests, including Romaine Cauvin from Sydney’s prestigious ARIA restaurant and Tim Briar from The Botanical/ Colonial Leisure Group in Melbourne, will develop a deeper understanding of the fine wines being produced in their own backyards by taking in the regions of King Valley, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Langhorne Creek, and Margaret River.

Part of Wine Australia’s educational program, SIP was established in 2012 to develop local sommeliers’ knowledge of Australian wine, its diversity, the characteristics of its regions and the personalities and stories behind the wines.

Aaron Brasher, Wine Australia’s regional director, said SIP aims to educate the on-premise trade and inspire them to be champions of Australian wines.

“Australia’s reputation for incredible food and wine has been on the rise globally helped by campaigns like Restaurant Australia,” Brasher said. “We want to make sure that our own sommeliers, who are such an important part of the fine dining experience, are just as excited as those influencers overseas to share Australian wine discoveries with their diners.”

The itinerary will be a full program of winemaker dinners, winery tours, tastings, masterclasses and informal education sessions with regional experts. The visit is hosted by Wine Australia in partnership with participating regions and supported by Primary Regions and Industries South Australia and the South Australian Wine Industry Association.

Guests on the SIP trip were selected from the shortlisted venues in the running to win the Wine Australia sponsored Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Wine List of the Year award for ‘Best Australian Representation’.

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