Bellavita Best UK Sommelier

Bellavita Best UK Sommelier 
The Italian Wine Professional 2018

Bellavita Best UK Sommelier has been organised by Bellavita Expo since 2015 and it is an unmissable event for all professionals specialising in Italian wines. Among Bellavita’s several supporters are the worldwide recognised WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), Harpers and The Buyer. In 2018 the prestigious organisation ISWA (Italian Signature Wines Academy) will sponsor the competition.  


CONCEPTBellavita Best UK Sommelier is an exciting competition that focuses on participants’ knowledge of Italian wines and service skills. In its fourth year, the award is open to all sommeliers living and working in the United Kingdom. Previous winners are Vincenzo Arnese (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), Matteo Montone (Locanda Locatelli) and Valentin Radosav (Gymkhana).

HOW TO ENTER - Bellavita Best UK Sommelier is inviting restaurants to get involved by selecting and entering their best sommeliers. Sommeliers can register online by submitting a short paragraph explaining why they should win the competition and represent their restaurant at the finals. The best applicants will face each other at Bellavita London, the leading Italian food and beverage trade show, on Monday 18th of June in London.

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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?The competition consists of different stages including a written exam, a blind tasting session and a wine service task. The panel of judges for the Bellavita Best UK Sommelier will include Master Sommeliers, Master of Wines and leading wine personalities in the UK. 


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Le Gavroche ★★, Mayfair, Daniele Aresu, Sommelier

Aquavit ★, St James’s, Victor Almeida, Head Sommelier

The Five Fields ★, Chelsea , Gloria Marchesoni, Assistant Sommelier

Locanda Locatelli ★, Marylebone, Tiziano Salerno, Sommelier

Galvin At Windows ★, Mayfair, Rudina Arapi, Head Sommelier

Murano ★, Mayfair, Marco Laccarino, Head Sommelier

The Glasshouse ★, Kew, Adam Michoki, Head Sommelier

Outlaw's at The Capital ★, Knightsbridge, Alessandro Pesarini, Sommelier

La Trompette ★, Chiswick, Romain Chatillon - Assistant Head Sommmelier

The Whitebrook ★, Wales, Silviu Craciun, Sommelier

The Ritz ★, Mayfair, Filippo Carnevale, Senior Sommelier

Savoy Grill, Covent Garden, Matteo Cali, Sommelier

Harrods Fine Wines, Stephane Salmon, Sommelier

67 Pall Mall, Riccardo Mariotti, Comis Sommelier

Roux At Parliament Square, Paolo Pellegrino, Head Sommelier

Margot, Covent Garden, Andre Cunha, Sommelier

Corrigan, Mayfair, Jolanta Dinnadge, Head Sommelier

M Restaurant, Lenart Cernelic, Sommelier

Spring, Somerset House, Xavier Sockeel, Sommelier

Skylon, Southbank, Greta Ghiardello, Sommelier

Roganic, Marylebone, Gaia Serafini, Assistant Head Sommelier

Margaux,Chelsea, Giulio Di Stefano, Assistant Manager

Bedales, City, Gaston Adolfo, Sommelier

Bandol, Chelsea, Evan Collin, General Manager

Hereford Road, Notting Hill, James Davies, Sommelier

Coq D'Argent, City, Marius Kristiansen, Sommelier

Typing room, Bethnal Green, Alex Pitt, Assistant Head Sommelier

Oak N4, Finsbury Park, Giuseppe Bonomo, Assistant Manager

House, National Theatre, Jesus Ramirez, Assistant Manager

Vinoteca, Farringdon, Marianna Sivalli, General Manager

Casse Croute, Bermondsey, Alice Bernigaud, General Manager

Northall, Whitehall, Emanuele Solporini, Sommelier

Hurley House Hotel, Hurley, Daniel Sanna, Sommelier

Queens Hotel, Cheltenham, Olteanu Ovidiu, Head Sommelier

Gola, Angelo Prezio, Sommelier

Ipsum Vinoteca, Andrea D’Ercole, Head Sommelier

Rande Pop up, Emily Rand, Owner 

La Patagonia, Camden, Nicolas Santi, Sommelier

Boma, Fullham, Kieran Monteiro, Owner

28 Church Road, Hampstead, Alexander Knight, General Manager


Ana Sapungiu MW, Wine Buyer at Oddbins, Main Retailer in the UK

Yves Desmaris MS, Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at Lutyens, top restaurant in the City

Alistair Cooper MW, BBC radio presenter, Consultant and Decanter judge

Bruno Besa, Managing Director and founder of Astrum wines

Martin Lam, Chef, Restaurateur, Consultant and Wine Buyer for the Zetter Group, Brindisa and Grain Store

SCHEDULE FOR THE FINALSIn order to be a part of the competition, sommeliers will be required to be at Bellavita London from 9:30am am until 4:00 pm. They will also have the opportunity to be a judge of excellence at the Bellavita Awards

09:30 am - Competition starts, written test
1:00 pm - Semi-finals
3:10 pm - Final
4:00 pm - Award ceremony - Winner announcement

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