Sara Bachiorri


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Born in Perugia, Italy, Sara Bachiorri didn't initially consider a career in wine, despite her grandfather owning a vineyard and making a sweet red sparkling wine from Canaiolo. Instead she studied and worked as an accountant, moving into hospitality when she became bored of the office job.

In 2007, Bachiorri achieved her professional sommelier qualification and worked with the Italian Institute of Sommeliers before moving to London in December 2008.

Soon after she joined the team at Maze, and then Maze Grill, before becoming Assistant Head Sommelier at the Michelin-starred Glasshouse Restaurant in Kew a year later. She was promoted to Head Sommelier in April 2012, and in January 2013 she was awarded the WSET Champagne Academy Scholarship for high achievement at the WSET advanced level.

She obtained her WSET Diploma in June 2016 (after taking a break from her studies when she had her first son).

She was Head Sommelier at Michelin-starred London restaurant Chez Bruce for almost 5 years and is now working with Woodwinters Wines and Whiskies helping develop their London agency.
Sara Bachiorri