Beth Willard is joint chair for Spain with Ferran Centelles and Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2023.
Australian born and bred, Beth Willard fell into wine through a love of languages and travel. She started her wine career in the cellar door at Hardy’s Canberra winery, then worked for a small family producer in the same region.
Making the move to Europe, Willard spent a year working at the Syndicat des Vins de Bordeaux before moving to the UK where she has held several buying roles including Buying Manager for the Direct Wines Global Buying Team where she worked for nearly 10 years.
It was during this time that she developed her passion and profound knowledge of Spain. Beth continues to source wines for various global markets while also being a key figure in the promotion of Spanish wine.
Beth is a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino. Her specialties and passions are Spain and Eastern Europe.
Beth was first a judge at the DWWA in 2015. Prior to joining the Spain Panel in 2022, Willard was a Regional Chair on North & Eastern Europe panels at the DWWA.
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