The reputation and authority of our Awards rests largely on the unrivalled expertise of our Regional Chairs who, along with their chosen judging teams, identify the best wines within their regional category.
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SLOVENIA - ROBERT GORJAK 17 years in wine. Robert is based near Ljubljana where he has written about wine since 1994. Besides regular contributions to Slovenian periodicals, he is a contributor to the Oxford Wine Companion and Wine Atlas, and founded the first Slovenian wine school, Belvin.
UK - STEPHEN SKELTON MW 36 years in wine. Stephen has been involved with making wine since 1975. In 1977 he returned to the UK to establish the vineyards at Tenterden in Kent. In 2003 Stephen became a Master of Wine, winning the prestigious Robert Mondavi Trophy.
AUSTRIA AND GERMANY – GILES MACDONOGH 29 years in wine. Author of four wine books, Giles writes for Decanter, Classic FM, Taste, BBC History, and Slowfood. After attending university in Oxford and Paris, Giles became a historian and wine writer.
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HUNGARY - CAROLINE GILBY MW 23 years in wine. Caroline is an independent consultant and freelance wine writer and has been a Master of Wine since 1992. Previously a board director of the UK Wine Standards Board, she currently lectures for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust at Diploma level.
CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE, SOUTHERN & EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN – ANGELA MUIR MW 41 years in wine. In 1988 Angela set up her own company, a prize-winning wine shop and school. Cellarworld International followed, and Cellarworld Argentina in 2002. She has held an MW for over 20 years.
GREECE – NICO MANESSIS 22 years in wine. Nico is author of The Greek Wine Guide and The Illustrated Greek Wine Book. During the last 10 years he has written on Greek wine for a range of titles, including Decanter.
SPAIN – JOHN RADFORD 30 years in wine. John is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer, and he has contributed on Spanish and Portuguese wines for many encyclopaedias and anthologies.
SPAIN – SARAH JANE EVANS MW 16 years in wine. Sarah Jane is a writer and broadcaster. She has judged at wine shows in Australia, Chile, Georgia, Germany and Portugal as well as the UK. She has a special interest in Sherry and in Spanish wines in general. She became a Master of Wine in 2006.
PORT AND MADEIRA – RICHARD MAYSON 27 years in wine. Brought up in Portugal, Richard is author of The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal and Port and the Douro. Richard also writes for Decanter.
PORTUGAL TABLE WINE – SARAH AHMED 11 years in wine. Sarah is an award-winning freelance wine writer, blogger, educator, and judge, with a particular expertise in the wines of Portugal.
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SOUTH AFRICA – JOHN AVERY MW 43 years in wine. John is the 4th generation of his family at Averys, the renowned wine merchant in Bristol. As one of the country’s senior Masters of Wine, John is always looking for wines of exceptional quality and value.
NEW ZEALAND – MARGARET HARVEY MW 38 years in wine. Margaret passed her MW in 1991 and in 1998 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit. Then in 2006, she was awarded Honorary Life Member to New Zealand Winegrowers for services to the industry.
AUSTRALIA - MICHAEL HILL SMITH MW 37 years in wine. Michael was the first Australian to pass the Master of Wine exam in 1988 and co-founded Shaw and Smith winery in the Adelaide Hills the following year. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.
AUSTRALIA - ANTHONY ROSE 24 years in wine. Anthony is the wine correspondent of The Independent newspaper. He is a wine educator, international wine judge and the Chairman of Decanter’s Wine Retailer Awards.
MIDDLE EAST, FAR EAST & ASIA – CH’NG POH TIONG 31 years in wine. A trained lawyer, Ch’ng Poh Tiong is publisher of The Wine Review, Southeast Asia’s oldest wine magazine, and is a Decanter columnist. He founded the International Congress of Chinese Cuisine & Wine and writes a blog for Sina.com
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