February 22, 2024


Unforgettable trip

NZ Sommelier Representative Earns Second Place in Tokyo – Hotel Magazine

NZ Sommelier Representative Earns Second Place in Tokyo – Hotel Magazine

Andrea Martinisi has positioned 2nd at the ASI Association of Sommeliers Asia-Oceania Competition in Tokyo.  Held every three decades, this opposition is the most critical global celebration for wine and beverage industry experts performing in dining establishments and accommodations in Asia and Oceania. 24 candidates from 13 nations lined up for the 2022 contest.

More than two times candidates labored by means of a sequence of assessments and practical assistance duties to problem and showcase their sommelier skills, 

“It takes a lot of inspiration and devotion to put together and put oneself up for these competitions,” expressed Martinisi.

“I was fortuitous to contend for New Zealand at the 2019 Planet Finest Sommelier Competitiveness and I learnt so significantly from this event that I was determined to do the very best I could in the Asia Oceania Competitiveness. This is also a terrific assistance for my preparing for the Planet Competitors in February.

“Standing on a phase, thinking on your toes, due to the fact you are not confident what the future task will be, although getting filmed and reside-streamed is complicated but it’s also remarkable to be personally challenged is this kind of means. I am extremely grateful for this possibility.”

The New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Experts is really very pleased of Andrea’s accomplishment and its 2nd applicant, Marek Pryzborek who was also a semi-finalist.

Andrea will go forward to contend at the ASI Globe Greatest Sommelier Competitiveness in Paris in February 2023.


1st Mason Ng, Singapore

2nd Andrea Martinisi, New Zealand

3rd Loic Avril, Australia

About Andrea

Initially from Italy, Andrea is Beverage Director of Michael Dearth’s The Grove Restaurant in Auckland City. 

Next significant university, Andrea qualified as an electrician and ended up in British isles operating for Heston Blumenthal at The Body fat Duck. Later on, he labored for the legendary Gerard Basset MS, MW at Lodge TerraVina, near Southampton. Andrea is a everlasting resident of New Zealand.