Speaker - Laura Rhys MS
Laura’s career in wine started as a sommelier in 2004. The early years were spent alongside the industry’s finest, including World Sommelier Champion Gérard Basset MS OBE. In 2009 Laura won the prestigious UK Sommelier of the Year title and in 2010 achieved Master Sommelier status from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Laura’s time as a sommelier saw her visit many of the world’s vineyards and head up wine teams for restaurants, including Gérard Basset’s Hotel TerraVina and Michelin-starred, award winning La Trompette.
Inspired by the passion of the English winemakers she met and excited by the quality of the wines she tasted, Laura continued her career at the pinnacle of the rapidly evolving English wine industry.
Laura joined Gusbourne in 2015, as prestige development manager, where her role encompasses ambassadorial and development duties both in UK and internationally. She also works closely with winemaker Charlie Holland and the winemaking and vineyard teams.
Based in London, Laura judges for sommelier competitions as well as national and international wine competitions. She is an active member of the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe and a regular host of tastings, wine dinners and seminars.