Andrejs Batkilins IWA

Andrejs is a wine writer and journalist and the owner and scholar of “Prosecco & Lambrusco” wine club in Latvia.

In 2018 he obtained the WSET Level II certification.

He became Italian Wine Scholar at Wine Scholar Guild in 2019 and Italian Wine Ambassador of Vinitaly International Academy in 2021.

The Latvian Wine Market

Latvia is very young as an independent country and as a wine market. Distance from the former republic of the Soviet Union in 1991 when the city of Riga – the capital of Latvia with a population of about 1 million people was a city with a dozen restaurants and bars, to today’s hundreds of wine sales and consumption points and the Latvian sommelier Raymond Tomsons who won the title of the Best Sommelier in Europe in 2017 and took the 3rd place at the World’s Best Sommelier in 2019.

Italian Wine Ambassador Andrejs Batkilins living in Latvia and Valdis Lucis – owner of Latvian wine importing company will make introduction and the spotlight on the wine market in Latvia. Who are local major players in this business sector, how to work small/medium size importers and retailers of Italian wines? Distribution channels and the difficulties that Latvian importers have working with Italian wine sector. Short overview of Latvian customer’s habits and behaviou.