DWWA judge profile: Alessandra Piubello

Alessandra Piubello is a judge at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)

Alessandra Piubello

Alessandra Piubello, journalist, writer and expert wine-taster from Verona, has an innate passion for wine. Born in Italy’s famous Valpolicella wine area where, from a very young age, she began helping her father tend his vines and make the family wine, she actually began wine-tasting at the age of 8!

This love for her land and its produce led her to a career which allows her to report on many aspects of Italian culture, principally wine and food. She is the editor-in-Chief for Queen International and Prince magazines and collaborates with leading food and wine magazines (including Spirito diVino Italia and Spirito di Vino Asia, Artù, Cook_inc, Cucina e Vini, Euposia, Sommelier Veneto, Sommelier India, Wine Picker) and sector guides (co-editor of Guida Oro I Vini di Veronelli, Italy’s first ever wine guide, the only woman co-editor currently working for an Italian wine guide; collaborator for L’Espresso Ristoranti d’Italia).

She has also written several books and attended courses organised by the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS), the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and Bordeaux University. Her vast knowledge means that her expertise is often required on the judge’s panel at international and Italian wine competitions.

She is also a member of FIJEV – Fedération Internationale des Journalistes et Ecrivains des Vins – and the CWW (Circle of Wine Writers) while in Italy she belongs to Donne del Vino (Women of Wine) and Gruppo Italiano Stampa Turistica (GIST) – Italian Tourist Press Group.

Alessandra Piubello’s first judges for DWWA in 2016.