About Us

From newcomers to Master Sommeliers, the Court of Master Sommeliers offers unmatched educational opportunities and a camaraderie that supports our shared passion.


The Court of Master Sommeliers is the premier examining body for sommeliers and beverage professionals worldwide. Though our members come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, they share a proven mastery of the art, science, and history that informs their work. Earning a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers creates opportunities for beverage professionals across the globe.

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We set the global standard of excellence for beverage service with integrity, exemplary knowledge, and humility.

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We create opportunity and community for beverage professionals.

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We advance the beverage profession through education, mentorship, and credentialing, elevating the beverage and hospitality experience for all.

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Core Values


Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, promote positive interactions, and enhance the overall experience for guest and host alike.


Use your power and position rightfully and set a positive example for aspiring professionals.


Acknowledge your limitations, learn from mistakes, and interact with others in a respectful and empathetic manner.


Meet the responsibilities of the position and the needs of mentees and the community.


Celebrate differences, promote equal opportunities, foster innovation and create a sense of belonging and respect for all individuals and communities.

Strategic Plan

Our 2023-2027 Strategic Plan was developed with the input of 4,000 beverage professionals, our members, and our Board of Directors, to set the areas of focus for the next five years.

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Our Network

The Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide comprises two chapters: CMS-Europe and CMS-Americas. Courses and exams are conducted regularly throughout North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia.

Explore detailed information on our examination location policies.


We value your thoughts and feedback at the Court of Master Sommeliers.  If you have questions about our programs, certifications, or any other wine-related matter, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Our Team

The Court of Master Sommeliers is guided by a distinguished Board of Directors comprising seasoned wine professionals and industry experts who set the strategic direction and uphold the organization’s high standards. The organization’s dedicated staff, including administrative and educational professionals, work tirelessly behind the scenes to coordinate exams, educational programs, and support the Court’s diverse membership base.

Sponsors & Sponsor Opportunities

We are deeply grateful to our esteemed sponsors for their invaluable support in advancing the world of wine service and education. These partners play an integral role in our mission to promote excellence in the sommelier profession. If you want to learn more, or are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us to explore opportunities for collaboration.


Committed to the highest standards of transparency, accountability, and integrity, our governance structure includes a governing Board of Directors, who set the strategic direction and uphold the organization’s principles. Additionally, committees and working groups focus on specific aspects of our mission, ensuring that our educational programs and certifications advance the profession.

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Code of Conduct

The Court of Master Sommeliers holds itself to the highest standards of transparency, accountability, and integrity, and expects its members to do the same.


Invitation into membership in the Court of Master Sommeliers is for distinguished individuals who have completed their sommelier journey and passed the rigorous Master Sommelier Diploma Examination.

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The Court of Master Sommeliers welcomes all individuals to participate in our professional community to network, learn, and find support and mentoring in the certification journey.

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Platinum Transparency 2023

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas is an organizational member of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence, and has earned the 2023 Platinum Seal of Transparency for nonprofit organizations from Candid’s Guidestar.

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