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DWWA judge profile: Agustin Trapero

Agustin Trapero is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

Agustin Trapero

Agustin comes from El Tiemblo, a part of Spain well known for its ancient Garnacha vines. He grew up with his grandfather’s homemade wine, but it wasn’t until he came to the UK in 2001 and started working in restaurants that Agustin decided to embark on a career in wine.

He worked his way up in various London restaurants and Oxford hotels, ending up at the five-star Macdonald Randolph Hotel, where he spent six years.

In 2008, he won the “California Wines” competition organised by The UK Academy of Food & Wine, and following that he came top in their “New Zealand Winegrowers” competition.

Agustin also got his hands dirty in the vineyards spending deep time with winemakers in Burgundy (Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret), Ribera del Duero (Bodegas Laveguilla) and Chianti Classico (Fattoria Le Corti Principe Corsini).

After completing a placement in 2011 at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, Agustin joined Launceston Place in June of the same year as Head Sommelier. In 2012, he finished a placement at the world-famous restaurant and three Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain.

In the same year, he achieved WSET Diploma and he is currently preparing to become Master Sommelier. Agustín has won prestigious awards for his wine lists, Tatler Best Wine List Award and the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine.

He is now involved in different projects as wine specialist and wine consultant for restaurant groups and luxury hotels, as well as Nominated Educator for WSET courses at other APPs abroad. He is also a wine judge and wine writer, contributing to a couple of publications, including the London newspaper El Iberico.

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