Already named ‘Meilleur Sommelier de France’ in 2012, he was awarded the title of ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ in the Sommellerie category in 2015.
A native of Alsace, having trained at the Alexandre Dumas hotel and restaurant management school in Illkirch-Graffenstaden, he began his career working with Alain Ducasse, followed by a stint at the Chabichou in Courchevel before returning to his home turf, serving as Chef Sommelier at the Verte Vallée in Munster. In 2012, Iltis joined Jean-Georges Klein at the Arnsbourg in Baerenthal (Moselle) and then followed the Chef when he decided to take charge of the kitchens at the restaurant in Villa René Lalique. The wine cellar at Villa René Lalique contains some 20,000 bottles, including such exquisite rarities as 1865 vintage Château d’Yquem. Romain Iltis presides over this exceptional collection, which he helped put together
He is eager to share his passion for wine. Having begun his career behind the stoves, he has a highly attuned palate and knows the art of pairing food and wine in a way that enhances both the complex flavours of the wine and the richly intricate tastes of the dishes they accompany.
At Château Hochberg Romain Iltis has created a wide selection of wines in the “pure pleasure” category, which harmonise with the dishes they accompany to create a rich and unforgettable culinary experience.