Sara Bachiorri is a judge at the 2024 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).
Born in Perugia, Italy, Sara Bachiorri didn’t initially consider a career in wine, despite her grandfather owning a vineyard and making a sweet red sparkling wine from Canaiolo. Instead she studied and worked as an accountant, moving into hospitality when she became bored of the office job.
In 2007, Bachiorri achieved her professional sommelier qualification and worked with the Italian Institute of Sommeliers before moving to London in December 2008.
Soon after she joined the team at Maze, and then Maze Grill, before becoming Assistant Head Sommelier at the Michelin-starred Glasshouse Restaurant in Kew a year later. She was promoted to Head Sommelier in April 2012.
In January 2013, Sara was awarded the WSET Champagne Academy Scholarship for high achievement at the WSET advanced level and in June 2016, she obtained her WSET Diploma.
She was Head Sommelier at Michelin-starred London restaurant Chez Bruce until July 2017 and is now working with Woodwinters Wines and Whiskies.
Bachiorri has been judging for the DWWA since 2013.
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