Wine Education Through Entertainment

Alexandre Freguin

Alexandre is the Best UK Sommelier 2018. He was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1989. He began his career as an apprentice at Michelin-starred Restaurant Pierre Reboul, Aix-en-Provence (2009-11), and has since gained experience in many prestigious establishments, whilst training to qualify as an Advanced Court Master Sommelier.

In 2011, Alexandre moved to Lyon as Sommelier at Restaurant Eskis (2011-13), before joining Michelin-starred Les Loges, also in Lyon, as Head Sommelier (2013-14). Then, in 2014, he moved to the UK as Sommelier at Michelin two-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, where he was quickly promoted to Assistant Head Sommelier (2014-15). Alexandre then transferred back to France in 2015 as Head Sommelier at Hôtel Casadelmar, Porto-Vecchio, which also holds two Michelin stars, before moving to Michelin two-starred Restaurant Jean Sulpice in Val Thorens as HeadSommelier (2015-16). Alexandre accepted the role of Head Sommelier at Moor Hall in Lancashire in May 2016.

Since joining Moor Hall, he placed 2nd in the finals of the UK Young Sommelier of the Year 2018 and won the title of Best UK Sommelier 2018 in July, having been a semi-finalist in 2017. Moor Hall gained two Michelin stars only after 18 months of opening and been named, among many awards, UK Best Restaurant 2019. Since December 2019, at 31 years old, he moved to London as Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer for the Michelin starred institution Chez Bruce, also involved in judging wine competitions such as Decanter WorldWine Awards. When not on the floor he spends most part of this time traveling in the world’s vineyard and preparing for his future competitions.

Stay tuned for videos from Alexandre coming up already in September 2020!