Head Sommelier Florian Strassguertl
Head Sommelier, Florian Strassguertl, was born in Austria in a small city called Bruck an der Mur. He became interested in hospitality thanks to his father, who ran his own restaurant. He always took Florian with him into the kitchen and told him amazing stories of his experiences in different countries as a chef. Florian’s father remains his greatest inspiration ‘due to his years of dedication and passion for his job’.
By age 5, Florian's goal was to run his own restaurant. However, later on in life he became more and more interested in Wine during his time at the higher institute for Tourism and Leisure Industry Bad Gleichenberg.
Florian’s first internship was as a chef in a winter resort hotel in Tyrol, Austria and his first full time job was as a Sommelier in Gleneagles in Scotland in the Strathearn restaurant. Starting at Gordon Ramsay’s maze in Mayfair as a Sommelier was a key career step. He remembers that ‘the diversity of skills and knowledge I got through it remains so valuable for my current position, and it was my step into the GR Group’.
The thing he loves most about hospitality is meeting different guests every day. Every day is full of new challenges and he gets to work with ‘one of the greatest products from all over the world – wine’. Florian's favourite drink on the Petrus menu is the Chambolle Musigny from Hudellot Noellat because it is a great example of how diverse Pinot Noir can be with so much elegance to it. It is his 'favourite grape in my favourite region from my favourite village'.
Florian loves travelling to wine regions all over the world, in particular France and Italy.