Wine Quest Winner Announced

Jul 12, 2016

Lukasz Walkowiak, Sommelier at Oxo Tower, has been named winner of the Wines of Portugal Wine Quest 2016. Recognised for his overall knowledge and skills in Portuguese wines, Lukasz is awarded a £2,000 prize. Runner-up, Davide Dall’Amico of RAC Club receives £500.

The Wines of Portugal Wine Quest 2016 is an immersive challenge made up of three components. The competition has taken 11 participating sommeliers on an in-depth Portuguese wine adventure to demonstrate the variety of great value wines that the country has to offer the on-trade.

On 23rd May, participants attended the Wines of Portugal Wine Academy day hosted by Charles Metcalfe in Central London. All 11 sommeliers completed the session and achieved the Wine Academy Level 3 qualification.

Then in June, participants took an educational trip to Portugal hosted by a Wine Quest Ambassador to visit some of the country’s leading winemakers. Sarah Ahmed's group toured regions in the north, before Ronan Sayburn MS took his team to explore Central and Southern Portugal.  During each three-day trip, attendees were tasked with choosing one exceptional wine to champion at the final.

This week the 11 sommeliers presented their selected wines to a panel of judges and industry experts. This final part of Wine Quest also involved undertaking an exam and demonstrating the traditional ‘sommelier’ skills of each participant through a practical test.

Lukasz said of winning the Wines of Portugal Wine Quest 2016: “The Wine Quest has been a real journey of discovery – both in terms of Portugal’s world-class quality wines and the pioneering people I have met along the way. I am thrilled to have won.” 

 The 11 participating Sommeliers of the Wines of Portugal Wine Quest 2016 are:

Marko Mägi                                      Le Gavroche

Stefan Kobald                                  Social Wine & Tapas

Maciej Lyko                                     Launceston Place

Alexandra Scovarza                         The Botonist on Sloane Square

Gareth Ferreira                                67 Pall Mall

Giovanni Ferlito                               The Ritz London

Davide Dall’Amico                            RAC Club

Leonardo Barlondi                            Ting, Shangri-La

Lukasz Walkowiak                            Oxo Tower Resturant

Ingrid Mänd                                     Shepherd Market Wine House

Ana Roshkosha                                Hakkasan

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