September 23, 2023


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NZ Sommelier Representative Earns Second Place in Tokyo – Hotel Magazine

NZ Sommelier Representative Earns Second Place in Tokyo – Hotel Magazine

Andrea Martinisi has placed 2nd at the ASI Association of Sommeliers Asia-Oceania Competition in Tokyo.  Held each 3 yrs, this level of competition is the most important global function for wine and beverage professionals doing work in restaurants and motels in Asia and Oceania. 24 candidates from 13 nations lined up for the 2022 contest.

More than two times candidates labored by a sequence of assessments and realistic services duties to problem and showcase their sommelier expertise, 

“It takes a large amount of motivation and determination to put together and set you up for these competitions,” expressed Martinisi.

“I was fortuitous to contend for New Zealand at the 2019 Planet Best Sommelier Level of competition and I learnt so substantially from this celebration that I was decided to do the greatest I could in the Asia Oceania Competitors. This is also a great aid for my preparation for the Earth Level of competition in February.

“Standing on a phase, thinking on your feet, simply because you’re not positive what the subsequent activity will be, although staying filmed and stay-streamed is daunting but it is also remarkable to be personally challenged is these types of strategies. I am quite grateful for this option.”

The New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Pros is incredibly very pleased of Andrea’s accomplishment and its second candidate, Marek Pryzborek who was also a semi-finalist.

Andrea will go ahead to compete at the ASI Earth Greatest Sommelier Levels of competition 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 Metropolis. 

Following large college, Andrea properly trained as an electrician and ended up in British isles doing the job for Heston Blumenthal at The Extra fat Duck. Later, he worked for the legendary Gerard Basset MS, MW at Lodge TerraVina, near Southampton. Andrea is a long term resident of New Zealand.