Neil Sommerfelt MW is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)
Neil Sommerfelt MW
Neil Sommerfelt MW is the fine wine buyer for London-based importers H2Vin, joining the company in the autumn of 2014 after spending 13 years as the buying director of the Jeroboams Group (incorporating Laytons wine merchants). He started his career in 1982 in retail and trade sales at Berry Bros & Rudd, following a degree in geography and a year working and living in France with wine producers in Alsace, Loire and Champagne.
Sommerfelt’s year abroad gave him a good grounding both professionally and with the language, and after passing his WSET exams with scholarships and honours, he achieved his MW during the six years he spent with Berry Bros & Rudd. He then went on to become director of Horseshoe Wines/David Baillie Vintners, commercial manager of International Wine Services, and bought for two UK supermarkets: Waitrose (1990-1995) and Safeway (1997-2001).