Andrea Martinisi is the Sommelier for The Grove and Baduzzi restaurants, he is originally from Brufa in Perugia, Italy.
He joined the The Grove and Baduzzi restaurants as Food and Beverage Director in 2018. He has enjoyed a full career in wine and hospitality moving through Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and the UK before joining the opening team at “The Fat Duck” Melbourne. From 2016-2018 Martinisi was head Sommelier for Gerrard Basset’s Hotel Terravina in UK.
Martinisi loves the rolling hills and greenery of New Zealand reminiscent of his “really tiny rural town” in Italy. As a hospitality professional Martinis feels New Zealand offers an amazing quality of life, and as a sommelier Martinisi feels New Zealand has an exciting future. He talks of the privilege experiencing a wine market as it is maturing in its winemaking and appreciation journey. He loves to cook and has a passion for local ingredients and the local lifestyle.
In 2019 Martinisi represented New Zealand on the global stage, placing 14th in the ASI Best Sommelier in the World competition.
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