Salvatore Castano




On Trade Advisor & Wine Buyer at Friarwood Fine Wines

Hailing originally from the picturesque town of Giardini Naxos in Taormina, Salvatore Castano's journey in the hospitality industry began at a young age, when he embarked on a summer job in Sicily at the age of 15. It was during these formative years that Salvatore discovered his passion for wines and spirits, sparking a lifelong pursuit of knowledge and excellence in the field.

Upon relocating to London, Salvatore embarked on a remarkable career trajectory, marked by dedication, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to his craft. His journey in the bustling metropolis began as a Commis Sommelier at one of Alain Ducasse's esteemed restaurants, The Dorchester. Here, he honed his skills under the guidance of industry titans, laying the foundation for his ascent to prominence.

Continuing to refine his expertise, Salvatore ventured into various prestigious establishments, including Mash Steak and the illustrious Annabel's private members' club. With each experience, he further solidified his reputation as a consummate professional, renowned for his unparalleled knowledge, impeccable service, and unwavering passion for the world of wine.

Currently serving as the Wine Buyer & On-Trade Advisor at Friarwood, a renowned independent wine retailer based in London, Salvatore continues to push the boundaries of excellence in the industry. His role allows him to curate exceptional wine selections and provide invaluable guidance to both connoisseurs and newcomers alike, further cementing his status as a leading authority in the field.

In a testament to his remarkable talent and dedication, Salvatore Castano recently earned the prestigious title of ASI Best Sommelier Europe & Africa, emerging victorious amidst fierce competition from a cohort of exceptionally talented sommeliers. This accolade serves as a testament to Salvatore's unwavering commitment to excellence and his enduring impact on the world of wine.

As Salvatore continues to carve his path in the dynamic world of hospitality, his passion, expertise, and unwavering dedication continue to inspire and captivate enthusiasts and professionals alike, leaving an indelible mark on the industry for years to come.

Salvatore Castano