Rod Smith MW is the Regional Chair for Provence at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2024.
Rod Smith MW
Rod Smith MW is a wine educator, journalist, marketer and salesman, based in the South of France.
He is the director of the Riviera Wine Academy and previously worked for Vins Sans Frontières, wine supplier to the superyacht industry in the south of France, and a variety of fine wine importers and retailers in the UK.
He started his wine career in 1987 as Christmas staff at Oddbins while studying at Chelsea School of Art, and upon completing a degree in illustration and graphic design in Dundee he worked for the UK wine merchant while establishing himself as a freelance illustrator.
An increasing love of wine won the day, however, and Smith’s career has seen him work for Seagram and Mentzendorff over the years, as well as judging in Moscow, Shanghai, Sofia, Dallas, Thessaloniki, Guangzhou and Sydney.
His personal interests include cycling, running, travel, literature, card magic and film.