Terry Kandylis (UK)

Saturday, 5 October, 2013
Meet the finalists who will be competing in the FINAL which will take place from 7–13 October 2013.

I was studying Physics in the University of Athens, while at the same time working in restaurants as a student. I became more involved in the hospitality industry, after I fell in love with wine. From there I started working in some of the best restaurants in Greece and doing the first 3 levels of WSET, under the guidance of the only MW in Greece. I began to have the chance to taste more wines and understand differences and styles from regions and countries. Following this I made the first big step by moving to England and working for The Fat Duck, where I had the chance to work with a great sommelier team, while at the same time finishing my WSET diploma

The steps that followed came naturally, leaving The Fat Duck for The Ledbury and working in London, where the chances to taste great wines are numerous.

From South Africa, I am a lover of the rich, well textured Chenin from Swartland and the honeyed Semillons from Constantia and Stellenbosch. In terms of reds I like the Syrah and the Cabernets from the cooler sites, while I think the future lies on the Mediterranean grape varieties and Zinfandel as well. With the trip in South Africa I hope to understand more about the regions and the people behind the labels, their philosophy and culture.

For more information, click here to go to the Sommelier World Cup homepage