Wine and wine product taster
A taster for the organoleptic evaluation of must, wine, and other products carries out their professional evaluation of the properties of wine and wine products using special sensory evaluation methods. The evaluation is carried out with the purpose of ensuring the suitability of products for sale.
A taster is an individual who must be at least 18 years old and younger than 70. In the event that the taster is older than 70, they may still do the work of a taster, provided that they successfully pass a test of their organoleptic skills with an authorised organisation every year.
A taster must have a suitable education level and must complete various types of professional training.
A taster is not the same as sommelier. A sommelier deals with serving wine and proper wine and food pairing, while a taster evaluates wine with the purpose of verifying the suitability of the properties for its consumption.
Tasters for organoleptic evaluation of must, wine and other products are appointed by the minister, if they fulfil the prescribed conditions with regard to age, education and professional qualification.
Prior to appointment, the taster must perform the prescribed test of organoleptic abilities in oenology and regulations on wine growing.
The tasters who wish to participate in the jury must pass an additional training once every two years and an additional organoleptic testing once every four years.
Both types of training are implemented by the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana.
If a taster wants to participate in the jury, a maximum of two years may pass since the last additional training and a maximum of four years from the last additional organoleptic testing.
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Recognition of qualifications acquired abroad
There are following systems for the recognition of professional qualifications acquired in the EU: