Jeunes Sommeliers Competition Official Documents

JS 2024 Official Rules

JS 2024 Official Rules
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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 have the potential to be the best sommeliers of the future.

The new Jeunes Sommeliers Competition has the goal of developing the expertise of young wine and spirit professionals with a special emphasis placed on service skills.

JS 2024 Competition Guidelines

JS 2024 Competition Guidelines
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Focus: The focus of the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition is on a competitor’s ability principally to demonstrate proficiency in technical as well as salesmanship skills in table-side service. Knowledge of wine and beverage theory, as well as deductive tasting will also be tested but the principle marks will be award for table-side service skills.

Recommendation: To have a suitable level of proficiency for participation in the competition, a minimum of three years in the industry is strongly suggested.

The Competition: The Jeunes Sommeliers Competition is intended to provide a meaningful challenge for the working young Sommelier. The testing will give young professionals, whose knowledge, skills and demeanour are worthy of the accolade, the opportunity to vie for the title: “Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Best Young Sommelier”.


Age Requirement

Qualified applicants must be at least 21 (twenty-one) years of age and not be older than 28 (twenty-eight) on the advertised start date of the International Final in the year in which he/she is participating. They must have been nominated by a National Bailliage pursuant to its procedures. 


The nominating region/country is responsible for the airline ticket for each competitor. 

Accommodation and Meals

The host country is responsible for both. (See the Registration Form listed below for more details).


All competitions are conducted in English.

Diplomas and Medals

Medals for National Finals are ordered from Competition Committee member Klaus Tritschler ([email protected]).


The winner of the National Final is awarded a Sommeliers Gold Medal. The Runner-up and Third Place receive Sommeliers Silver and Bronze Medals respectively.


Specially-designed Sommeliers International medals are presented to those placed 1-2-3 in the International Competition. The Winner is awarded the Gold medal and the winner's engraved silver-plated tray. The Runner-up receives a Silver medal and an engraved silver-plated tray. Third Place receives a Bronze medal and an engraved silver-plated tray. Cash and other prizes may be announced for each year’s International Final.


Each International finalist receives a commemorative diploma and a medal.


All those competing in the International Final will be inducted into the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (with free membership for five years).