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Helping you find a career as a Sommelier

AKA ‘a wine waiter.’ As a sommelier, you will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of wines in a variety of settings. The term ‘sommelier’ may also extend itself to water, tea and sake. However, it is mostly applied to wine experts who work in hotels and wine cellars.


What does a Sommelier do?
Your main duties will consist of:

  • To advise the patrons according to their individual needs (personal taste, occasion or food and wine pairing)
  • Selecting wines for events
  • Creating a wine menu that suits the clientele, pricing and venue
  • Managing stock in wine cellars
  • Meeting with vineyard owners and other suppliers
  • Conducting wine tastings
  • Tasting new wines and staying on top of wine trends
What skills and interests should an Sommelier have?

  • In-depth knowledge of wine: you will be an educator and salesperson, so a strong knowledge of wine is key

  • Great communication skills

  • Approachability

  • Sales orientated

  • Able to meet targets

  • Interpersonal skills: the ability to build relationships with clients and suppliers

  • The ability to stay on top of trends

What hours does a Sommelier typically do?
Like many other careers in the hospitality sector, hours can be long with early starts and late finishes.
What environment is a Sommelier based in?
The typical work bases for a sommelier include restaurants, wine cellars and hotels.
How much does a Sommelier travel?
Travelling is often required of a sommelier in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the winemaking process. Often, the travel will include visits to the vineyard or winemakers.
How much does a Sommelier get paid?
Entry-level sommeliers typically earn £15,000 to £20,000 per year. However, a more experienced and knowledgeable sommelier can earn up to £40,000.
Perks & benefits

  • There are plenty of opportunities to travel

  • Lots and lots of wine tasting!

What qualifications does a Sommelier need?
There are no official education requirements for a sommelier; experience in this field is valued very highly.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
  • A diploma in wine, gastronomy and management

  • Business studies

  • Maths

  • Food science

  • English
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