Semi-Final Winners 2019

The Netherlands

>> Martien Marcelissen
       Restaurant Vane in Eindhoven

Meet Martien Marcelissen. Young, enthusiastic sommelier at Vane Restaurant & Skybar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and winner of the Wines of South Africa Sommelier Cup country round in Amsterdam.  Since completing his Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management in Maastricht in 2012, he has gained experience in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands in key restaurants such as Becker’s Hotel & Restaurant in Trier (**Michelin star) and Restaurant Tout à Fait (*Michelin stars).  Martien is interested in culture and nature and this unique combination in the Cape Winelands makes it one of the ultimate travel destinations on his bucket list.


>> Maja Hempel
       Restaurant Thörnströms Kök

Maja studied to be an International Sommelier at The Restaurant Academy in Stockholm from 2012-2013. She is currently working as Restaurant Manager/Sommelier at the famous Thörnströms Kök in Gothenburg. The restaurant was awarded "Best restaurant team" in Sweden 2016 and Maja herself has been a runner up for the title STELLA Sommelier 2019. She also received the accolade Best Sommelier of the year by the trade magazine Livets Goda. The Wosa Sommelier Cup was her first competition and by winning the Swedish country round she will take her first steps into being recognised as an International known sommelier. Maja has a very ambitious personality and is now studying the WSET Diploma in London.