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The DWWA Judges

The Decanter World Wine Awards is internationally recognised for its world-class judging panels, made up of some of the world's top wine experts, including Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, who are foremost specialists in their field.

Wines are judged on a regional basis in carefully organised flights by country, region, colour, grape, style, vintage and price point. This ensures wines are judged in flights against their peers. Learn more about the rigorous judging process →

DWWA 2022 Co-Chairs


DWWA Co-Chair: Sarah Jane Evans MW

Sarah Jane MW, award-winning journalist, is one of four Co-Chairs at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

DWWA Co-Chair: Andrew Jefford

Andrew has been writing and broadcasting about wine since the 1980s, winning many awards for his work.


DWWA Co-Chair: Michael Hill Smith MW

Michael, wine producer, international wine judge, wine consultant, and occasional wine writer, is a DWWA Co-Chair.

DWWA Co-Chair: Ronan Sayburn MS

Ronan joins DWWA 2022 as the official fourth Co-Chair.

He is the CEO for the Court of Master Sommeliers European chapter, head of wine at 67 Pall Mall in London, and runs his own consultancy. 


DWWA Regional Chairs


DWWA Judges


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