Agustin Trapero is a judge at the 2023 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).
Agustin Trapero comes from El Tiemblo, a part Spain famous for its historic Garnacha vines. As a youngster, he was introduced to his grandfather’s homemade wine. It wasn’t until he moved to the UK in 2001 and began working in restaurants that he found his passion for wine.
Starting from zero, he worked his way up through the ranks in various London eateries and Oxford hotels, eventually landing at the five-star Macdonald Randolph Hotel, where he spent six years. In 2008, he won the California Wines competition held by The UK Academy of Food & Wine and came in first in their New Zealand Winegrowers contest.
In 2009, Agustin became Head Sommelier at the Andaz, a five-star hotel in the City of London. He went on to complete placements at world-renowned restaurants such as The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal and El Celler de Can Roca, both of which have three Michelin stars.
By the end of 2012, he had joined Launceston Place in Chelsea and helped to earn the restaurant’s first-ever Michelin star.
Agustin has received numerous accolades for his wine lists, including the Tatler Best Wine List Award and the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.
He has also rolled up his sleeves and worked in vineyards in Burgundy at Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, Ribera del Duero at Bodegas Laveguilla and Chianti Classico at Fattoria Le Corti Principe Corsini.
Agustin has since moved back to Spain. He now manages the beverage program at the brand-new Four Seasons Madrid, and advises other restaurants and hotels. He also conducts masterclasses and presentations at wine congresses and events.
Currently, Agustin is preparing for the Master Sommelier certification.
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