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DWWA judge profile: Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a judge at the 2024 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

Matt Smith

Matt Smith joined the wine trade in 2002, starting out at Majestic Wine where he managed a number of the company’s key branches around London for five years. In 2007 he joined the Waitrose wine buying team. Over the six and a half years he was with the retailer, he sourced wines from Burgundy, the South of France, England, Australia and New Zealand, along with a wide range of countries across Eastern and Central Europe, and even wine from India.

In November 2011, he was made a Chevalier de Tastevin for his services and commitment to Burgundy wines. Two years later, he joined Bibendum Wine, originally to head up New World buying but later managed a broader cross section of the portfolio.

In 2018, Smith joined Berry Brothers & Rudd primarily to develop their Italian fine wine portfolio. In 2021, Smith has joined Naked Wines as buying director, to develop their portfolio, strategy and customer offer.

Matt Smith started judging for the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2011.

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