The Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers group, led by Australian chef Neil Perry, is comprised of 16 experienced sommeliers and mixologists, including one of only two Master Sommeliers in Australia, Sebastian Crowther.

Each year the team spends four days tasting, reviewing and creating tasting notes for 1,400 Australian wines and Champagnes and ultimately select wine, Champagne, spirits and other beverages for all of Qantas’ domestic and international flights and lounges for the year.

All wines are evaluated for their ability to present well under flying conditions and the team look for wines that are fresh, with exceptional balance. The Rockpool mixologists are also tasked with creating seasonal cocktails to be served across the global lounge network.

FAST FACTS
· Qantas is the third largest purchaser of wine in Australia, investing over AU$15 million in the Australian wine industry every year

· Qantas serves around 2 million bottles of wine each year

SOMMELIER IN THE SKY
· More than 300 Qantas cabin crew are currently trained as on board Sommeliers in the Sky, who are trained in formal wine education and sommelier skills to enhance our customers’ inflight dining experience

· Over 2,000 Qantas crew have also completed an introductory, intermediate or advanced level of wine training

· Throughout each programme, cabin crew are guided through the wine making process, grape varieties, wine styles, food matching, and tasting techniques with a focus on Australian varietals