It’s official: Valeria Gamper is the Best Sommelier of Argentina 2019! She prevailed over a record 27 contestants in the competition, which was organized by the Asociación Argentina de Sommeliers (AAS).
There were more than bragging rights at stake at this competition, which was held in the Usina del Arte de Buenos Aires. Each of the final three contestants — Valeria Gamper, Stefanie Paiva Harwat and Andrea Donadio — was looking to book a spot in the international Best Sommelier of the World championship.
Valeria is no stranger to international competition. She finished fourth in 2018’s Best Sommelier of the Americas competition, held in Montreal; she also placed second in both 2012 and 2017’s Best Sommelier of Argentina. Currently a brand ambassador for the prestigious Viña Cobos winery, Valeria works as a teacher at CAVE and IAG in Buenos Aires.
A video of the event, in Spanish, can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/sublimerosario/videos/481126676056040/UzpfSTY3NzM1OTg2NjoxMDE1ODgyMzQ1MTExOTg2Nw/
The competition is organized every two years.