Head Sommelier (Wine Jobs: Wine Retail & Sommelier)

Full Time

  Platinum Travel Recruitment Ltd

  St Ives, England

We are seeking an experienced Head Sommelier to act as our clients wine expert and create wine lists that pair with food menus.

Sommelier responsibilities include recommending wine varieties to our guests, supervising wine serving and collaborating with winemakers to renew our selections and achieve better prices. To be qualified for this role, you should have relevant experience in hospitality or a vineyard and be available to work hospitality hours.

Ultimately, you will delight guests by helping them choose the best wine to ensure a luxury guest experience.

Head Sommelier Responsibilities:

  • Create and update the wine lists.
  • Organize wine tasting days or “wine of the month” events
  • Recommend food and wine pairings.
  • Advise guests on wines based on their personal tastes and food choices.
  • Inform guests about different varieties of wines and price.
  • Store open bottles properly to maintain strong taste.
  • Management of the wine cellar.
  • Train staff on available wines.
  • Negotiate purchase prices.


  • Experience as a Sommelier or similar role is essential.
  • Ability to create tasteful food and wine pairings.
  • Extensive knowledge of different wines and which regions produce each type.
  • Knowledge of local vineyards and wineries.
  • Understanding of the winemaking process.
  • Availability to work during opening hours, including weekends and holidays.
  • Certification as a Sommelier or degree in hospitality is a plus.

Generous benefits:

  • 25% off food and drink.
  • Complimentary meal on your birthday.
  • Team events to enjoy including a staff summer beach BBQ and a winter roast dinner.
  • Free use of the watersports hire equipment, including stand up paddleboards and kayaks, all subject to availability.
  • Free staff beach fitness classes.
  • Career progression.

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