Born in the beautiful Beaujolais region, French Sommelier Emmanuel (Manu) Rosier is a world traveller and an over-achiever.
Raised in Cote d'Ivoire in Africa, he came back to his native region at the age of nine. His grandfather made him try his first wine – Beaujolais, of course – a splash of wine with some water. Later on, Emmanuel went to study tourism and marketing and got a couple of degrees in Finland and Belgium on the way. His travels then took him all the way to New Zealand where Manu discovered where his real passion was; in wine and service. After meeting with the Master Sommelier Cameron J Douglas (who became his mentor) in New Zealand, Manu wanted to learn more. He then went back to school, studying Professional Wine Study at the Auckland University of Technology in 2011, while working as a Wine Sales Representative and a Sommelier. In 2013, Emmanuel became the best Sommelier in New Zealand.
Emmanuel returned to Europe in 2015 after the loss of his grandfather and moved to Berlin, that he now calls home. Fresh off the plane, Manu landed a job as a sommelier in Cordobar, at the time the most famous and talked about wine bar in the German-speaking countries. He then took a job at Panama restaurant in 2016, before going to Schwein Restaurant in 2017. Manu reached the finals in the German Sommelier Championship in 2017, a competition that Marc Almert, now Best Sommelier in the World 2019, won.
Since December 2018, Manu and his partner run a restaurant called Almgasthof Windischgraetzhoehe in Bad Gastein in the Austrian Alps. Here you'll find a small but innovative wine list of Manu's 50 favourite wines from Austria, Germany and France.
Manu also has a consulting agency in Berlin, working in tourism and marketing, together with his partner. At the same time, he pursues his studies, as well as being a true and active Ambassador for Beaujolais and New Zealand wines. (By the wat, if you ever get to meet him, do not mention that Beaujolais is a part of Burgundy...)
Manu decided that he wanted to pass his Master Sommelier exam at the Court of Master Sommelier and his Master of Wine exam from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. He passed his Advanced Sommelier exams in 2018 and his WSET Diploma Level 4 earlier in 2019.
As Star Wine List's Berlin Ambassador, Emmanuel's wish is to open the doors of both new and well-established wine places and let you meet the wine personalities of this vibrant wine city!