Damien Byrne - Founder & Tasmanian Sommelier
With our founder Damien Byrne being a local Coal River Valley boy, we have a unique knowledge of the Tasmanian vineyards, the varieties that they are known for, the history of the producers as well as tasting and learning about some of the most famous wines to come out of Tasmania over the past 15 years.
Damien has also worked extensively throughout Australia in the hospitality industry across many hospitality fields as well as some of the local tasmanian vineyards which were the Roslyn Vineyard and Pooley Wines Cellar Door here in the Coal River Valley, as well as presenting talks at the Taste of Tasmania and various wine shows.
Obtaining the Certified level from the Court of the Master Sommelier at 23, Damien went on to work for Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino), Donavon Cooke (The Atlantic) as well as the prestigious Me Wah Restaurant Hobart here in Tasmania.
Having won national and international awards, the most famous being for the Best Medium sized Wine List in Australasia from the World of Fine Wine Magazine as well as 3 stars (2017, Me Wah Hobart) Damien showed his skill and knowledge of styles, quality levels and storytelling across this wine list.
With not just the wine and service knowledge, but also the capacity to recommend the best food matches for these local varieties, Damien can provide a complete package of how best to enjoy the fantastic story that is Tasmanian food and beverage with a focus on Tasmanian wines.
à votre santé (to your health; cheers)
Damien Byrne - The Tasmanian Sommelier