Sebastian Crowther MS – Director – Real Wines, Melbourne
Sebastian has spent more than 15 years immersed in the world of wine. After traveling the world over as a child, Sebastian grew a deep fascination for geography and history, through wine Seb has been able to explore his passion.
In 2013 Seb became the second person in Australia to pass the stringent Court of Master Sommelier’s examination held in London. He now enjoys helping to run the MS exams in Australia each year and is an enthusiastic mentor of the next generation of sommeliers.
During Seb’s time working in restaurants, he was awarded the coveted Sydney Morning Herald Sommelier of the Year title in 2015; and the Gourmet Traveler ‘Judy Hirst’ award for best wine list in Australia in 2012 and featured in the 2015 Netflix series Restaurant Australia.
Seb is regularly invited to judge at National wine shows around Australia, and in 2018 he was asked to judge at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in London. In 2019, Seb was selected to be a scholar at the Len Evans Tutorial and he was also Chairman of Judges at the Canberra Regional Wine Show from 2016 – 2018.
During his career, Seb has worked as a Sommelier with the Merivale Group in Sydney, and spent two years as Food and Beverage Director with award winning Chef Dan Hunter, at his three hatted Royal Mail Hotel. Following his time in Dunkeld, Seb moved to Sydney to work with Neil Perry, becoming Beverage Director of the Rockpool Dining Group, which led to him being appointed as Head of wine selection for Qantas.
Aside from this involvement in the industry, Seb is Director of Real Wines, a wine wholesale distributor on importing business.