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Christian Maier

Wine is not everything but it sure is a great tool to bring people together and brighten up life with some punctuation which otherwise would just seem utterly relentless…


Christian Maier


was born in Alsace, France and classically schooled in Hospitality.

He has an armory of knowledge, expertise, accolades and awards drawn from three decades of wine service in France, Germany, Britain, Thailand and Australia.

Having a passion for wine and an unquenchable thirst for wine knowledge, Christian has spent many years in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and London UK. Upon arrival in Australia he further developed his skills by focusing on oenology and was appointed to the position of Sommelier at Hotel Sofitel Melbourne in 1994 subsequently being awarded Best Hotel wine list in 1997. In 2000 the Age Good Food Guide handed Christian the inaugural award for Service Excellence.



In 2002 his long love affair with Champagne has seen him being the Australian winner of the Vin de Champagne Award.

Following his role of Head sommelier at Langtons Restaurant and wine bar in 2005 the establishment was awarded the Age Good Food Guide Best Restaurant Wine List.

At his current position as Wine Director for the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Christian oversees the wine purchasing, wine lists and wine promotions, staff training, events in 9 properties for RACV Club and Resorts.

The member’s dining rooms wine list at the City Club was induced into the Hall of Fame for Best Club Wine List at the Wine List of the Year awards 2016 after having being the recipient for Best Club Wine List for 4 years.

He is also a senior judge at the French Chamber of Commerce Victorian Wine Show ‘Concours des Vins du Victoria’ (chaired by Bernard Burtschy – Grand Jury Européen) and has judged at several other wine shows.

In the televised media, Christian has been the co-host of the food and wine segment on SBS television with celebrity chef Gabriel Gaté, and writes regular wine column for various publications.


  • “Christian is passionate, confident, knowledgeable and has great patience for training and imparting knowledge… I recommend him highly for any establishment which wants to make their wine programs stronger”

    - Manish Puri General Manager, Six Senses Resort Yao Noi, Thailand
  • "Without exception, Christian is the most talented sommelier I have had the pleasure of working with, his natural talent for working with Chefs to bring out the best possible wine and food pairings is a art he has mastered to perfection. My own knowledge of quality wines and food matching would not have been possible without the mentoring I have received from him on the many high profile food events we have performed together."

    Mark Normoyle Executive Chef, RACV City Club, Melbourne

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