"Wines makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized”
Today, the responsibilities of modern sommeliers go far beyond merely serving wines. On top of a complete knowledge of their field and an indispensable gift for human relationships, they must also display a considerable understanding of purchase and stocks management. Today’s sommeliers are also associated with the marketing of the business. While knowledge of wines and spirits can be acquired in specialized schools (such as œnology institutes) and the foundations of the trade in specialized institutions (hotel and restaurant management schools, etc), acquiring actual sommelier experience is a rather informal process, learned by practice throughout one’s career. This situation creates an obvious need for continuous training in the real sense of the word, to help consolidate scattered personal experiences by means of a rational approach, and this is what the Macedonian Sommelier Association provides through its various activities.
MASOM - Macedonian Association of Sommeliers, a non-profit making organization, was founded in Skopje (Macedonia) on the 10th January 2019, and has the following aims:
To bring together the sommeliers from Macedonia and represent their needs and coordinate their activities. Promote the new candidates who want to became sommeliers and increase number of members
To co-ordinate actions aimed at developing and advancing the profession by various means (training courses, etc.)
To enhance the sommelier’s profession and educate consumers
To defend the ethics of the profession
MASOM participates in all events related to wine, spirits and other drinks, and is able to take any action directly or indirectly aimed at its objectives defined above. The MASOM legal Headquarters are located in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia) and the association is administered by its Assembly