In the 22nd Swiss Sommelier Championship «Meilleur Sommelier de Suisse ASSP 2021», which is under the patronage of Swiss wine I am “Hotel Splendide Royal” took place in Lugano Fabien Mene of the M3 restaurants group named the winner. Second place could be Mikaël Gro from the “Hôtel Beau-Rivage” in Geneva, 3rd place is shared ex aequo Jennifer Badino from «The Chedi, Andermatt» and Anna Valli from the “Rélateur Istituto Formazione Continua” in Bellinzona.
Guest of honor Marco Romano, National Councilor and President of the Swiss Viticulture and Viticulture Association, presented Mene with the winner’s trophy “Swiss Wine Trophy”and thus the “Meilleur Sommelier de Suisse 2021” award. Swiss Wine Vice President Roberto Grassi also paid tribute to his “Knowledge of Swiss wines”.
The 16 candidates from the three language regions of Switzerland competed in the national final for the title of “Best Sommelier in Switzerland 2021”. They were rated by a national and international jury: Below Paolo Basso, best sommelier in the world 2013, Marc Almert, winner of the Sommelier World Championship 2019 or Giuseppe Vaccarini as well as the representative of the International Sommelier Association ASI Samuil Angelov from Helsinki.
All competition is primarily aimed at the best Swiss wines in an international contextin order to increasingly promote and offer these in the catering and hotel industries.