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Close-up of red wine in glass viewed from above

Gaggenau Sommelier Awards 2018

Smartly dressed man enjoying aroma of red wine in glass

Beijing, a wine destination

The exponential rise of viniculture in China has been underscored by the choice of Beijing as the venue for The Gaggenau Sommelier Awards 2018.
Winemaking in China stretches back millennia, the country is currently one of the top five markets and most tellingly, Hong Kong has long since overtaken New York and London as the largest market for fine wines. Gaggenau and China welcome you to the past, present and future of viniculture.

“We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event and 3rd edition of our Gaggenau Sommelier Awards, this year in Beijing. With each competition, we have continued to establish ourselves as a brand recognised for far more than its luxury kitchen appliance capabilities, but also as a brand which dedicates itself to shaping, developing and contributing to the future of culinary culture and design.”

Sven Schnee, Head of Global Brand, Gaggenau

The road to Beijing

Following a series of national heats six sommelier finalists will enter the finals in Beijing. Competitors from France, the Greater Region of China, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK will join Gaggenau in Beijing and vie for the opportunity to be named winner of the international Gaggenau Sommelier Awards 2018.

These final six candidates will endure a series of tasks and tests agreed upon by our illustrious judging panel: Annemarie Foidl, the President of the Austrian Sommelier Association and judge of ‘Best Sommelier in the World’ for the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI); Sarah Abbott, Master of Wine, internationally recognised wine consultant, judge, writer, and speaker; Mr Yang Lu, the world’s first and only Chinese Master Sommelier, Corporate Director of Wine for Shangri-La Group, and founder of Grapea & Co Institute and last but not least; Sven Schnee, Head of Global Brand Gaggenau.

Kai Wen Lu, in Shanghai having won the Region Greater China contest

Kai Wen Lu, in Shanghai having won the Region Greater China contest

Mikael Grou, winner of the French heat

Mikael Grou, winner of the French heat

Emma Ziemann of Sweden, the first of the national winners

Emma Ziemann of Sweden, the first of the national winners

The Swiss champion, Davide Dellago

The Swiss champion, Davide Dellago

Winner of the competition in London, Zareh Mesrobyan

Winner of the competition in London, Zareh Mesrobyan

Joakim Blackadder, victorious in Cape Town

Joakim Blackadder, victorious in Cape Town

A space for change

The competition culminates with a Gala Dinner at Beijing’s Red Brick Art Museum. Guests will enjoy a six course menu created by the esteemed Michelin starred chef, André Chiang at this famous architectural landmark.

The Red Brick Art Museum is a venue that subtly exemplifies monumental transition. Traditional shapes and materials are dynamically manipulated and reinterpreted for a futuristic, yet involving, aesthetic. Created by Architect Dong Yugen, the museum is widely regarded in China as a piece of art in itself.

Beijing’s Red Brick Art Museum external view
Zareh Mesrobyan Gaggenau Sommelier Awards UK heats winner.

Gaggenau UK Sommelier Competition 2018

Zareh Mesrobyan, sommelier at 2 Michelin Star restaurant ‘Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles’, is this year’s winner of the Gaggenau UK Sommelier Competition. Along with fellow contestants Tamas Czinki, Northcote and Luca Luciani, Locanda Locatelli, Zareh was put through a series of rigorous tests at the Gaggenau London. The winner was chosen by judges: Craig Bancroft MI, General Manager Northcote, Darius Sanai, Editor in Chief and Publisher of LUX magazine, Craig Bancroft MI, General Manager Northcote and Richard Billett, Managing Director of MMD UK.

Gaggenau Sommelier Awards UK heats Judges Craig Bancroft MI, Darius Sanai, and Richard Billett.

Originally from Bulgaria, Zareh’s experience also includes Commis Sommelier at award winning restaurant ‘Chewton Glen’ and Sommelier at Shaun Rankin’s restaurant ‘Ormer Mayfair’. Here he was awarded the Advanced Sommelier Certificate from the world-renowned Court of Master Sommeliers. Such a prodigious talent as this is sure to have a strong chance of winning the finals in Beijing on 16th and 17th October 2018. You can discover the global winner on this page later in the year.