DWWA judge profile: Guillermo Cruz

Guillermo Cruz is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)

Guillermo Cruz

Guillermo Cruz was the Wine Director / Head Sommelier at Mugaritz (9th Best Restaurant in the World) from 2012 and for the last 2 years he was also the Restaurant Manager. Cruz worked hand in hand with the R+D team in order to research and creates emotional harmonies between the solid and liquid.

In December 2018, Guillermo left Mugaritz restaurant and from February 2019, he took on a Brand Ambassador position at Pago de Carraovejas & Ossian.

Guillermo Cruzʼ activity also consists of sharing his knowledge in the wine world through the main gastronomy forums in Spain (such as Madrid Fusión or San Sebastian Gastronomika) and in other countries such as Canadá (Somm360), Austria (Austrian Sommelier College), etc, and also through courses at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Basque Culinary Center, Cámara de Comercio de Burgos or Instituto Galego do Viño, among others.

He was awarded Best Sommelier in Spain in 2014 and represented Spain on The Best Sommelier in the World Competition in Mendoza in 2016.

He is also Best Spanish Cava Sommelier 2015 and has been recognized as Sommelier of the Year by Gourmets Magazine 2015 and Excelencias Gourmet 2015, as well as Best Sommelier of Spain Ruinart 2015 and Sommelier of the Year 2015 Mercados del Vino y la Distribucion.

His most recent awards were Sommelier of the Year in International Wine Challenge Spain 2018 and Wine List of the Year in International Wine Challenge Spain 2018.

Follow Guillermo on Twitter: @guille_sumiller