Court of Master Sommeliers


Level 1 Introduction - new dates for 2019


The Introductory Course and exam dates will be announced soon

The venue is again Villa Maria Estate Winery in Mangere, Auckland.




The lectures are presented by Master Sommeliers along with wine tastings and practical service demonstrations.

Introductory Sommelier (Level 1)       $850


Certified Sommelier qualification is the primary certification for wine and beverage professionals in the Hospitality Industry and is intended to provide a meaningful qualification for the working Sommelier. This is a serious qualification for those directly employed in the hospitality sector and working as a sommelier.

Certified Sommelier Examination:  TBC exam  $500

The examination is open to all candidates who have passed the Introductory Level One.

  • Short written theory paper of 40 multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Practical service test
  • Tasting test consisting of two wines tasted blind, and answered on a tasting grid.                           

In New Zealand, Cameron Douglas MS runs these programmes on behalf of the Court of Master Sommeliers.

To register please email Cameron Douglas MS

It is highly recommended that all sommeliers and participants join the Guild of Sommeliers, a US nonprofit organisation with open membership for all wine professionals. It uses the trademarks of the Guild of Sommeliers. 


The Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) is a certification body for wine service professionals—after passing all four levels (Introductory, Certified, Advanced, Master) of CMS exams candidates receive the Master Sommelier designation.


The examination comprises three parts:

  • Theory: 24 multiple choice and 60 short answer questions in 60 minutes
  • Practical tasting: 6 wines tasted blind in 25 minutes
  • Practical service: 45 minutes 


Throughout the examination, the candidate must exhibit an exemplary standard of both technical and social skills, demonstrating the courtesy and charm of a Master Sommelier plus an ability to sell.

Examinations are held annually in London and the USA.