Judging Panel

Our judges are what set us apart from other international beverage competitions. We select the best and brightest beverage professionals in Europe including restauranteurs, sommeliers, retail buyers, importers, and distributors to participate, so that our entrants get the chance to make an impression on the people who will have the biggest impact on their sales. Our judges have daily contact with wine consumers and up-to-the-second knowledge of what's selling and what's trending -- Don't miss the opportunity to have your wine tasted by these industry-leading buyers.


Frederic Bouche: Champagne, France

Head Sommelier of 3 Michelin Star Restaurant L'Assiette Champenoise in Champagne, France.

Michael Christensen: Copenhagen, Denmark

Sommelier formerly of Frederikshoj (Best Danish Restaurant of the Year 2012).

Pascal Kopetzky: Vienna, Austria

Head Sommelier of Restaurant 57 of the Melia Hotel Vienna Austria.

Rudiger Kuhnle: Dresden, Germany

Founder and and Head of Purchase for Belvini which has become one of the largest wine importers in Germany.  Last year Belvini sold more than 3.5 million bottles.

Peter Lamprecht: Vienna, Austria

Purchasing Wine buyer and Sommelier for L. Derksen & Co of Austria.  L. Derksen is a wine and spirits importer based in Vienna since 1950.

Benjamin Mayr: Vienna, Austria

Wine and Spirits Portfolio Manager for Delfabro of Austria.  Their wine portfolio includes over 3,300 domestic and international wines.

Nicolas Papavero:  Champagne, France

Wine buyer for Le Vintage and Le Wine Bar in Reims located in Champagne France.

Robert Persing:  Dresden, Germany

Purchasing Director for the esteemed Wesenitz Bitter Group, a respected name in the wine business for over 100 years.

Patrick Somweber: Vienna, Austria

Sommelier for the 5 Star Palais Coburg Hotel & Restaurant in Vienna, Austria