The Austrian Wine "Sommelier Competition" entered the next round. In Spring 2023 we travelled to Hoboken (New Jersey) & Raleigh (North Carolina). During a scavenger hunt, we determined one winner per city, who won a trip to Austria. The competition was open to all sommeliers & wine professionals.

27 March 2023

11.00 am - 2.00 pm


  • 10:30 am  Blind Tasting of three wines.
  • 11 am Scavenger hunt featuring two stops around Hoboken. Questions were asked at each location (multiple choice and/or fill-ins on a map i.e. DAC grapes, Ried, etc.).
  • 12:15 pm Return to location & reception.
  • 1 pm Top three finalists announced and mock service performed where contestants were asked to pair Austrian wines with a pre-set menu tableside.

Winners & Finalists 

  • Michalis Kalampoukas, FLX Hospitality, Geneva NY - Winner
  • John Jansma, Per Se, NYC
  • Jeremy Halker, Sushi Nakazawa, Washington DC

Jury: Jesse Becker MS & Aleks Zecevic
Main prize: trip to Austria

How do you prepare for our competition?

Step 1: Read our study guide here.
Step 2: Textbook #1 is the online training document. The questions mainly relate to this document.
Step 3: Take a look at the online preparatory seminar from February 27th, 2023 with Aleks Zecevic (scroll down). Here is the tasting list of the seminar.



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Organiser: Austrian Wine & Wine & Co.
Contact: Ms Constance Chamberlain
Target Audience: Sommeliers & Trade Professionals




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