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What are the essential qualities and skills required for becoming as a sommelier? Is training necessary? What level of experience is required for this type of position? The ITHQ provides you with all the details you need to know about this occupation.  

Duties of a sommelier

  • Direct, prepare and update the wine list
  • Inform and advise customers on wines and beverages
  • Suggest wine and meal pairings 
  • Maintain relations with import agencies and producers 
  • Handle purchasing and inventory management 

Qualities of a sommelier

  • I’m passionate about the world of gastronomy, wines and spirits. 
  • I enjoy being in contact with customers, anticipating their needs and creating pleasant experiences. 
  • I’m sensitive to atmospheres, tastes and smells.
  • I have good interpersonal and listening skills.  
  • I’m curious and like to continually develop my knowledge.
  • I’m a good communicator and have an excellent memory.
  • I’m thorough and organized. 
  • I love telling stories. 
  • I like to be in action and work as part of a team. 
  • I’m not afraid of atypical working hours.

Required experience and training

  • You need at least 2 years’ experience in a waiter-sommelier role before you can become a sommelier. 
  • The number of years of experience required may vary depending on the type of establishment in which you work.