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The Judges

Agustin Trapero

Agustin comes from El Tiemblo (Spain) and grew up with his grandfather’s homemade Garnacha de Gredos wine, but it wasn’t until he came to the UK in 2001 and started working in restaurants that Agustin decided to embark on a career in wine. He worked his way up in various London restaurants and Oxford hotels, ending up at the five-star Macdonald Randolph Hotel, where he spent six years.

In 2008 he won the competition about “California Winegrowers” by The Academy Food & Wine in the UK, and next year he became top in the “New Zealand Winegrowers competition” by The Academy Food & Wine in the UK. Agustin has spent time with winemakers in Burgundy (Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret) Ribera del Duero (Bodegas Laveguilla) and Chianti Classico (Fattoria Le Corti Principe Corsini).

After completing a stage in 2011 at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, Agustin joined Launceston Place in June of the same year as Head Sommelier. In 2012 he finished a placement at the world famous restaurant and three Michelin-starred El Celler de Can Roca in Girona.

Agustin achieved his WSET Diploma in 2012 and he is now preparing himself for the most challenge wine examination: Master Sommelier. He is Head-Sommelier at D&D London restaurants (Avenue), as well as in charge of his own wine academy; AT Educators, running different levels of WSET courses. He is also involved in different projects as wine specialist and wine consultant for independent and private customers.