Young Sommeliers

Young Sommeliers Competition

Mission Statement 

In 2007 the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs inaugurated the annual International Young Sommeliers Competition to offer young sommeliers the opportunity to present their skills and “savoir faire” under highly competitive, intense and grueling testing conditions.

A mission of our Society is to promote the enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of fine wines and crafted beverages. The framework of our organization provides for professional participation, with one of its goals being to provide help, encouragement and support for the young professionals who are to be the best sommeliers of the future. 


The Concours International des Jeunes Sommeliers promotes the expertise of the young wine and spirit professionals and encourages mastery of wine and spirit knowledge.


There is no cost to any competitor in the Young Sommelier competition at any level, local, regional and international.

2018 Brings the Competition to Calgary

In 2018, Calgary will be the site of the first regional Young Sommelier competition in Canada.  We are very proud to be taking this first step to developing local young professionals here in our home town.  This event will be held annually with the intention of recommending our regional winner to advance to the international competition provided the standards of international competition are met.

In the past three years, two Calgary area sommeliers have represented Canada at the international competition, here is what they have to say about the event and the opportunity to compete.

Here’s what our past international competitors had to say…

Come and compete against the world’s best young sommeliers, have the amazing opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage and test yourself in tasting, service and theory.  Have the honour of being part of an amazing competition where you will have the opportunity to taste and learn in a group beyond any level found locally. A great opportunity to see what it takes to become a great sommelier and to see if you have the ability to crack the top three, and to be tested and interact with Master Sommeliers and local vintners.”

Peter Smolarz, Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Canadian Competitor 2015, Adelaide, Australia

“If anything an amazing chance to further knowledge and ability, come and become Canada’s first champion.”

Seamus Dooley, Chateau Lake Louise
Canadian Competitor 2016, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

For More information on the international competition, check out these links: