The Qantas Wine Panel

On 9 July, 2015, Qantas announced a new team of wine experts and mixologists from the Rockpool Restaurant Group who will select wine, Champagne, spirits and other beverages for Qantas domestic and international flights and lounges.

The new team, named The Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers, features 16 highly experienced sommeliers and mixologists. Among the group is Head of Sommeliers Australia, David Lawler and one of only two Master Sommeliers in Australia, Sebastian Crowther, as well as Head Bartenders of Rockpool restaurants around the country.

The sommeliers will blind taste, review and select Australian wines and Champagnes over four days each year and provide tasting notes for the International First and Domestic Business cabins. They also provide recommendations for wine in the lounges and for the first time, Rockpool mixologists will create monthly cocktails.

Qantas invests over $15 million dollars in the Australian Wine industry every year. We are proud to showcase Australian wine to the world, and we’ll keep supporting boutique Australian wineries as well as the iconic drops that have defined Australia’s global winemaking reputation.

The Qantas Rockpool Sommeliers will hold its first Qantas wine tasting in late July.