Wine is on Marc Almert’s mind almost around the clock. It has allowed him to gather an enormous trove of knowledge and develop a feel for the truly special — wisdom that he enjoys sharing, as a speaker and through the wine selections that he curates.

Marc Almert Selection

The Baur au Lac Vins wine stores offered Marc Almert the opportunity to create his own Marc Almert Wein-Selection — a portfolio of wines that captivated his palate and his emotions.

Marc’s own stories about these wines can be seen and heard on his Blog.

Sommelier & Speaker

Marc’s passion is contagious and his wine knowledge is seemingly inexhaustible. His charming and entertaining manner of conveying the essence of wine has made him a popular speaker at wine fairs, seminars and online tastings. The native of Cologne — and avowed Riesling fan — naturally enjoys moderating discussions on German wine. But he also enjoys talking about the wines of his chosen home, Switzerland; the many facets of Austrian wine; classics of the wine world; the terroir of Spain and France; the joys of far-away New Zealand; and his (no longer quite secret) love for South Africa. The mere mention of indigenous varieties also always puts a smile on his face.

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Trainings, competitions & awards

  • Sommelier of the year 2021 Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung December 2021
  • SVS Sommelier of the Year 2021 (Deutschschweizer Sommelier Verband) October 2021
  • Honorary prize of the Cologne Fine Food Days August 2021
  • Falstaff Switzerland Sommelier of the Year March 2020
  • Michelin Switzerland Sommelier Award 2020 February 2020
  • ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019 March 2019
  • 1st Place “Sommelier Trophy der Sommelier Union Deutschland”, Hamburg November 2017
  • 1st Place Gaggenau International Sommelier Awards, Vienna October 2016
  • 1st Place Wines of South Africa International Sommelier Cup, Cape Town September 2016
  • 2nd Place “Sommelier Trophy der Sommelier Union Deutschland”, Hamburg October 2015
  • 1st Place “Concours National des Jeunes Sommeliers Chaîne d. Rôtisseurs Allem.”” April 2015
  • Finale of the “Spanien Wein Trophy 2014 Deutschland” June 2014 June 2014
  • 2nd Place “Concours National des Jeunes Sommeliers Chaîne d. Rôtisseurs Allem.” April 2014
  • 1st Place “DEHOGA-Jugendmeisterschaften Köln” March 2011



  • Lecturer at the IHK Genuss Akademie München since August 2021
  • Honorary member of the Swiss German Sommelier Association since October 2020
  • Vice-President of the German Sommelier Association, before that member of the advisory board since November 2020
  • Member of the ASI Education Committee sinnce Dezember 2019