Ian D’Agata has joined the Decanter World Wine Awards as Regional Chair for the Piedmont and Southern Italy categories. Ian has worked in wine for over 25 years and is the author of The Ecco Guide to the Best Wines of Italy and co-author of the annual D’Agata and Camparini Italy’s Best Wines guide. A past winner of the “Best Young Italian Journalist”, his experience of and commitment to the Italian wine industry makes him an ideal Regional Chair for Italy.
Decanter's Publishing Director Sarah Kemp said, "I am delighted that Ian D'Agata is joining the Decanter World Wine Awards as a Regional Chair for Italy. Decanter prides itself on recruiting world experts and Ian's knowledge of Italy is second to none. With his acute judgement and incisive knowledge of Italy's vineyards he is a great addition to the roster of world-class judges.”
Italy’s success in the DWWA in recent years has meant that in 2011, Italy will be separated into regional categories for the first time. The categories will consist of Piedmont, Southern Italy, Veneto (chaired by Richard Baudains), Tuscany (chaired by Jane Hunt MW), and Regional Italy (chaired by Rosemary George MW).
Ian D’Agata said of his new appointment: "It was a huge honour for me when Decanter called me to be a Regional Co-Chair of the World Wine Awards. I also think this will help Decanter, as having an Italian top judge will help to recognise the subtler qualities of some idiosyncratic, peculiar Italian varieties and wines that may not always be fully understood. Decanter is without doubt the most prestigious wine magazine in the world, characterised by a world famous set of experts. Decanter has an open mind and never diminishing curiosity so that all producers, big and small and no matter where they may be located, have a chance to shine".