Wine Specialist (Wine Jobs: Wine Retail & Sommelier)

Full Time


  Hong Kong, Central and Western


Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury. Synonymous with innovation, Sotheby’s promotes access, connoisseurship and preservation of fine art and rare objects through auctions, private sales and retail locations. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 50 categories, which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Interiors, among many others.


Overview of role:

Reporting directly to the Head of Wine, Asia, the Wine Specialist will liaise with buyers and sellers, providing wine advice and securing profitable consignments for sale at auction, as well as assisting with auction estimates, wine inspection, cataloguing, attending wine events and other client-facing activities, and other departmental tasks as required. This role will be a key, leading contributor to the department’s revenue and client-facing activity.


Responsibilities include:

  • Negotiation with clients to secure profitable auction consignments.
  • Perform inspection for auction wines at warehouse and on-site at clients’ property.
  • Maintain accurate records of warehouse inventory.
  • Provide a high level of customer service to buyers and sellers.
  • Cultivating your own client base of buyers and sellers across Asia.
  • Assist with sale administration.
  • Assist at wine auctions and related events.
  • Events management/participation - including client development and entertaining.
  • Assist in promoting all wine sales globally.
  • Assist in cross promoting other Asia departments’ sales.
  • Active promotion of retail and storage business.


Skills / Competencies / Experience:

  • Proficient base knowledge of wines and vintages relevant to the auction market.
  • WSET Diploma preferred.
  • High level of attention to detail is a must to ensure accuracy, particularly with regard to data analysis.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills.
  • Professional and discreet client service skills.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel.
  • Requires a significant amount of physical work moving cases of wine in our warehouse and in private cellars.
  • Some travel required as needed.
  • Minimum of three years in the Auction or Fine Wine Industry.
  • Excellent communication skills – ideally fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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