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1969 - The ‘Union De La Sommellerie Française’ (UDSF, French Sommelier Association) Was Established

Sommeliers from 21 regional organizations are united by the Union de la Sommellerie Française, which was established in 1969 (1400 members in 2020). Through the sommelier’s expertise, it seeks to highlight French food. For these reasons, the Union de la Sommellerie Française encourages education, makes it simpler to become a sommelier, and strengthens relationships between sommeliers and other trades working in the restaurant industry. And last but not least, it promotes sommeliers by hosting prominent official competitions, such as the Best Sommelier of France contest, the Best Young Sommelier of France contest, and the “Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France,” Sommelier category.