Worldsom Scholarship opportunity

9 August, 2018

Thanks to the partnership within the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, one lucky recipient from a Great Wine Capital has the chance to receive a Worldsom scholarship.

Worldsom is an international program of Sommellerie, which addresses wine and spirits professionals and enthusiasts. It was created by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bordeaux Gironde in 2012. The purpose was to develop a professional training, specialised for the wine industry and available to the whole world.

The scholarship, valued at 12 500 Euros covers all courses, visits, tastings, internships and sommelier’s tools for study in Bordeaux, France (note flights, accommodation and general expenses are not included).

The first Worldsomm promotion was in 2013, with 13 graduates. They are now training the 4th cohort, have graduated 25 professionals and are, more than ever, involved in their career development.

The Worldsom Magister is divided into seven different complementary modules, which can be taken separately:

  • Tasting Techniques and Sensory Analysis
  • Sommelier Expertise
  • Viticulture and Oenology
  • Wine Cellar Creation and Management
  • Knowledge of the French and Foreign Vineyards
  • Wine and Food Pairing
  • Customer Welcome and Customer Advice

The teaching committee is a one of a kind with four of the best sommeliers of the world part of it:

  • GĂ©rard Basset, Best Sommelier of the World 2010, runs TerraVina, his boutique hotel in Great Britain
  • Paolo Basso, Best Sommelier of the World 2013, runs Paolo Basso Wines, his vineyard in Switzerland
  • Serge Dubs, Best Sommelier of the World 1989, works in the same restaurant in Alsace, l’Auberge de l’Ill, since 42 years
  • Philippe Faure-Brac, Best Sommelier of the World 1992, runs Le Bistrot du Sommelier, his restaurant in Paris

Applications must include:

  • a resume
  • a covering letter
  • evidence of professional experience in restaurant business: sommelier, restaurant manager, head waiter
  • applicant must speak English
  • an employment project must be drafted to apply to this opportunity: a file of 5-6 pages, explaining your future career plans in the wine industry and your commitment to succeed.

A committee will gather and select the most relevant file. The decision will be public on beginning of September.

Applications close on 23 August 2018.

For further information and to apply, visit or contact Sophie Debaisieux