Paolo Basso is Regional Chair for Switzerland at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018

Paolo Basso

Swiss-Italian Paolo Basso won the Best Sommelier of the World 2013.

He started his wine career as a sommelier in Switzerland, which he followed up by gaining professional experience with a leading Swiss-based fine and rare wines trader, where he focused on the wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux.

At present, Basso is a wine trader and consultant through his own company, Paolo Basso Wine,  in Lugano (Switzerland), as well as a wine producer. His first own label red wine was dedicated to his daughter, “Il Rosso di Chiara”.

He has won many awards, including Best Sommelier of Switzerland 1997 and Best Sommelier of Europe 2010, and is one of just six sommeliers who hold both the European and world titles. Since 2014 he has been in charge of the wine selection for Air France and he is a member of the technical committee of the International Sommelier Association.

Basso was first a DWWA judge in 2011.

Follow Paolo on Twitter at @BassoSommelier