Justin Knock MW

Australian Justin Knock MW has lived in London for more than 12 years, and judged at the DWWA since 2010. He is a co-owner of Philglas & Swiggot – a renowned London fine wine retailer – and runs The Purple Hand Wine Company, a freelance wine business.

Justin holds degrees in food science and industrial chemistry and has worked for some of the wine industry’s biggest companies – as a winemaker and education manager for Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) in Australia and Europe, and as a consultant for Encirc, a specialist glass manufacturer and UK packaging company.

He has made wine in Australia, France and Spain, and blended wine from South Africa, South America and California.  Most recently Justin has been appointed as Director of the California Wine Institute in the UK.

Justin loves wine with perfume, tension and balance, is excited by the new wave wines coming out of Australia, South Africa and California, and is fascinated by wines from volcanic soils. He is married to Lenka Sedlackova MW, the first Czech Master of Wine.