SPEAKERS 2021

Giovanni Mantovani

Giovanni Mantovani

Gianni Mantovani is CEO of Veronafiere. He has a law degree. He entered in 1985 Ente Autonomo Fiere di Verona (converted into the joint stock company Veronafiere SpA in 2017). In 2001 he was appointed CEO. Since 2010 he is member of the Board of Directors of UFI (The...

Rebecca Hopkins

Rebecca Hopkins

Raised in the premium wine region of McLaren Vale, South Australia, Rebecca Hopkins took her first role in the wine business with Wirra Wirra vineyards in McLaren Vale in 1992 while completing her Bachelor of Wine Marketing at Adelaide University. Upon graduation...

Vanessa Green IWA

Vanessa Green IWA

An experienced international executive, Vanessa Green has worked in B2B and B2C organisations, specialising in market development, operational improvement and growth strategies. Based in Australia, she has post graduate qualifications in Business Communications and...

Gill Gordon-Smith IWE

Gill Gordon-Smith IWE

Gill Gordon-Smith IWE is a VIA expert, Artisan Producer, Retailer, Writer, Judge and Educator based in Australia’s McLaren Vale Region. With Diplomas in Training Design and Development as well as Vocational Education and Training she is a WSET Certified Educator,...

Margareth Henriquez

Margareth Henriquez

Margareth Henriquez, better known as Maggie, is a seasoned professional with over 42 years of experience, 31 of which she has spent as President and/or CEO of multinational or global companies in Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and now France. Since 2009 she has been...

Sarah Heller MW

Sarah Heller MW

Sarah Heller MW is a wine expert, visual artist and television host based in Hong Kong. At 31, she is Asia-Pacific’s youngest Master of Wine. Sarah created Radix, a branded platform that endeavours to engage a new generation of wine lovers in Asia and beyond through...

Summer Lee

Summer Lee

Food and travel writer – Summer Lee – based in Seoul, South Korea, for one of the nation’s largest media company. A glass of sangiovese or nebbiolo always makes her day an even better one.  The 5 wine market trends of South Korea

Vlada Lesnichenko

Vlada Lesnichenko

Vlada Lesnichenko was born in 1974 in the South of Russia and now she lives and works in Moscow. She has a degree in marketing communications and since 2002 she has been working in the wine and restaurant business. From 2002 to 2008 she worked as marketing...

Michaela Morris IWE

Michaela Morris IWE

Michaela Morris is an international wine writer, educator and speaker based in Vancouver, Canada. She contributes regularly to Decanter Magazine and Meininger’s Wine Business International as well as Canadian publications Quench and Taste. Michaela holds the Wine...

Amy Gross

Amy Gross

Amy Gross is the Founder and CEO of VineSleuth/ Wine4.Me, which uses flavor data and machine learning to make flavor-based wine, beer and cider recommendations. Her engaging personality and experiences in building VineSleuth have caused Amy to become a sought after...

Maureen Downey

Maureen Downey

Dubbed ‘The Sherlock Holmes of Wines’, Maureen Downey, is an independent expert on fine and rare wine and wine collection management, and is the foremost global authority on wine fraud, counterfeit wine and fine wine authentication.  She advises the world’s top...

Renée F. Sferrazza

Renée F. Sferrazza

Renée F Sferrazza has dedicated her life to grapes. As a Court of the Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier, she has made wine her life’s work, and her entrepreneurial spirit has driven her to be a curator of wine experiences. In her work as a Wine Communicator,...

Dr. Monika Christmann

Dr. Monika Christmann

Prof. Dr. Monika Christmann was born in Germany. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Beverage Technology and a Master of Science in Oenology from the Justus-Liebig University. At the same University, she became a Doctor in Agricultural Sciences. For three years she...

Daria Sologub

Daria Sologub

Daria Sologub, international marketing director of Fort wine, Russian top 10 Horeca importer in Russia. 14 years of experience in wine business as a wine buyer and marketing person. Certified sommelier, Diploma in product marketing by HSE University. Her main job is...

Maria Zhalezniak

Maria Zhalezniak

Maria Zhalezniak graduated in Social Psychology, then she pursued wine education in Moscow at Enotria Wine School, achieving WSET Advanced Certificate. As part of her career in the Wine&Spirit industry, Maria worked as portfolio development manager for key...

Svetlana Arsenashvili

Svetlana Arsenashvili

Svetlana Arsenashvili is Business Development Director and Head of Italian Market for Vintage-M (www.vintage-m.ru), a Russian importer founded in 2002 and based in Moscow. The company works with HoReCa representatives, chains, retail, and private and corporate clients...

Natalia Polyakova

Natalia Polyakova

Natalia Polyakova is Deputy General Manager at Bravo Trade. She has over 20 years of experience in wine Sales & Marketing, and in business administration on different sales channels (On-Trade, Retail, Modern Trade, Spirit producer). She is also skilled in wine...

Svetlana Velikanova

Svetlana Velikanova

Svetlana Velikanova Import Manager at Lion Wine. She has more than 15 years of experience in the wine business and she is also and expert in marketing and communication. She holds the WSET 3 certificate and she is enrolled in  Vinitaly International Academy.

Veronika Busel

Veronika Busel

Veronika Busel is Wine Marketing Manager, Wine Writer and Managing Partner at Wine Travel Awards, with more than 7 years of experience in the wine & spirits industry. She has a Master Degree in Wine Marketing and Tourism from The Institute of Vine and Wine Science...

Eleonora Scholes

Eleonora Scholes

Award winning wine journalist. Ambassador for the Langhe wines - Barolo & Barbaresco. Founder & publisher www.spaziovino.com  

Ruma Singh DipWSET

Ruma Singh DipWSET

Ruma Singh DipWSET has spent a major part of her career as a journalist with India’s leading newspaper group before giving it up to concentrate on writing on wine. Today, after completing her WSET Diploma in London, she works out of her base in Bangalore, India, as a...

Juliana Colangelo IWA

Juliana Colangelo IWA

Juliana Colangelo has been a part of the Colangelo & Partners team since 2013 and has worked extensively throughout the company on media relations, client and team management and new business development. Juliana has developed a personal and creative approach to...

Michelle Erland

Michelle Erland

Michelle Erland is a New York-based Sommelier and a Senior Account Executive with Colangelo & Partners Public Relations, an integrated communications agency that specializes in fine wine, spirits, and food. At C&P she works on an array of campaigns including...

Alexi Curlee Cashen

Alexi Curlee Cashen

Alexi Curlee Cashen is often referred to as the ‘Chief Executive Optimist’ –spreading the gospel of empathetic customer service, sales panache and meticulous operations. She scours ideas and drives solutions, strategy and above all else –positivity! Celebrating 19...

Stevie Kim

Stevie Kim

Stevie Kim was born in Korea and raised in the United States. Today, she lives in Verona. At first she attended the NYU – Leonard N. Stern School of Business. After settling in Italy, she obtained an MBA at Bocconi University, School of Economics and Management....

Dongmyung Hong IWA

Dongmyung Hong IWA

Hong Dongmyung runs Vinovino, a company that imports only Italian wines to South Korea. This company was established in 2002 as a family business. Now, Hong is the CEO and works with over 50 producers from Italy. After graduating from the Korea National University of...

Gus Zhu MW

Gus Zhu MW

Gus Zhu entered the wine world as a wine educator under the guidance of Fongyee Walker MW and  Edward Ragg MW, the founders of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting. In 2017, he graduated with the Master of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. During his...

Heini Zachariassen

Heini Zachariassen

Heini Zachariassen is Vivino’s Founder and currently serves as a board member and chief evangelist. Largely credited with bringing a technology revolution to the wine industry, Heini founded Vivino because he was frustrated by not knowing which wine to buy. It’s been...

Artem Lebedev IWA

Artem Lebedev IWA

Artem Lebedev is a 30 year old wine professional who has been working in the wine industry for over 8 years now. Born in St.Petersburg, he worked in Europe for two years before settling down in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Artem is an ASI certified sommelier, a WSET Diploma...

Bernardo Pinto DipWSET, IWA

Bernardo Pinto DipWSET, IWA

Bernardo Pinto studied gastronomy in Brazil and specialised in Wines and Spirits in London. He was the first person in Latin America to obtain the WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits. Technical Director at Zahil Wines in São Paulo, he manages the company's portfolio. He...

Alberto Martinez Interiano IWA

Alberto Martinez Interiano IWA

Alberto Martinez Interiano is a VIA Italian Wine Ambassador, wine educator, and writer based in Seattle, WA. He currently works as an instructor at The Cellar Muse Wine School in Seattle, and also teaches Italian and Spanish wine courses at the Wine & Spirit...

Jimmy Smith DipWSET

Jimmy Smith DipWSET

It’s the all-important infectious enthusiasm and passion for the world of wine that enables Jimmy Smith to communicate to his audience in a relaxed, welcoming and fun way. Jimmy Smith has educated over 6000 students through the WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 Award...

Christopher Barnes

Christopher Barnes

Prior to starting Grape Collective in 2012 Christopher Barnes served as President of The New York Observer Media Group where he oversaw the launch of multiple successful print and digital media properties. In addition, he was a co-founder and Publisher of amNewYork...

Roddy Ropner IWA

Roddy Ropner IWA

Roddy Ropner is a wine writer and researcher based in Japan, focusing on the Japanese wine market. He is also a Vinitaly International Academy Ambassador. His first career was with Christie’s auction house. The initial ten years as a specialist of Chinese porcelain...

Gianluca Queiroli IWA

Gianluca Queiroli IWA

After being an international tax consultant for almost 20 years, Gianluca Queiroli made a career switch and joined the wine industry 5 years ago. Originally from Italy, he is now based in the Boston area where he owns and runs Wine Empire, a fine wine retailer....

William Predhomme

William Predhomme

Professional sommelier turned entrepreneur, Will Predhomme is the Managing Director/CEO of Predhomme Strategic Marketing, a wine & food marketing & communications company based in Toronto spanning the Canadian market. Will’s professional background is a career...

Mike Madaio IWA

Mike Madaio IWA

Mike Madaio, is a wine journalist and Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. He currently serves as editor for the Italian Wine Unplugged vlog series, "Mamma Mia... che Buono!", and his writing has appeared in publications such as Wine Enthusiast,...

Dr. Matthias Schmitt

Dr. Matthias Schmitt

Dr Matthias Schmitt has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Oenology at Geisenheim University since 2010. He completed the Vinifera EuroMaster course with various European universities. His subsequent doctorate was dedicated to the prevention of steadily...

Chris Scott

Chris Scott

Chris Scott and wife Jane Scott established ThirtyFity in 2002. The name originates from the latitudes where the majority of the world's wine grapes are grown, between 30 degrees and 50 degrees latitude, North and South of the equator. They set about demystifying wine...

Lawrence Francis

Lawrence Francis

Lawrence Francis spent 10 years as a Psychologist and Coach and came into wine not through a life changing ​bottle but via great content, ​showing wine is a time capsule of who, where and how it was made. Lawrence has been the host of Interpreting Wine since 2017;...

Tomislav Tuden

Tomislav Tuden

Tomislav Tuđen comes from Zagreb, he works as the executive director of Miva & Mohor Trgovina, the leading wine distributor company in Croatia. Always keen to improve his education, he is currently attending WSET Diploma classes. In the wine business for the last...

Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph

Robert Joseph is a wine business consultant and an editorial consultant for Meininger’s Wine Business International, which he helped to launch in 2006. In 1983, after living in Burgundy for five years, he launched Wine International magazine; set up the International...

Steven Raye

Steven Raye

Steve Raye is author of the new book “How to Get U.S. Market Ready” which he wrote in collaboration with Stevie Kim and her Wine2Digital team. The book is effectively a toolkit to help Italian wine companies make strategically sound and data-driven decisions and plans...

Mike Veseth

Mike Veseth

Mike Veseth is editor of The Wine Economist newsletter and author of more than a dozen books including Wine Wars (2011) and Wine Wars II (forthcoming 2022). He is an authority on globalization and global wine markets who travels widely to speak at wine industry...

Jc Viens IWA

Jc Viens IWA

Jean-Charles (alias JC) Viens is a Certified WSET Educator, Vinitaly Academy Ambassador and the Franciacorta Ambassador in Greater China. He is also the CEO of Grande Passione Ltd, a marketing and events firm based in Hong Kong. JC is genuinely passionate about the...

Andrea Sartori

Andrea Sartori

Andrea Sartori, born in Verona in 1959, Andrea Sartori represents the fourth generation of owners of Casa Vinicola Sartori, the winery founded in 1898 by Pietro Sartori. After high school, he moved and lived in the United States, where he finished his studies and...

Marc Millon IWA

Marc Millon IWA

Marc Millon, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador 2021, has been travelling, eating, drinking, learning and writing about wine, food and travel for nearly 40 years. Born in Mexico, with a mother from Hawaii via Korea and an anthropologist father from New York via Paris, he was...

Roman Ivanchuk

Roman Ivanchuk

Roman Ivanchuk works in the wine trade business since 1997. He has a large international experience of import/export activities and he represents one of the leading Russian wine importers - Classica LLC.

Igor Ruban

Igor Ruban

Igor Ruban CEO at Degrees Trade. He was born in 1969 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). He has a degree in Engineering from the University of Telecommunications, and he also graduated in Law at St. Petersburg State University.

Pavel Glazov

Pavel Glazov

Pavel Glazov is an Import director of Vinfort Company (Odessa, Ukraine). Having legal background, had joined the company in 1998 with further development and reaching import director position in 2008. With having 20+ years’ experience in the Industry, has deep expert...

Anton Moiseenko

Anton Moiseenko

Anton Moiseenko is a wine journalist and wine projects manager based in Moscow. He has been covering the Russian wine market writing for titles like Meininger’s Wine Business International, Harpers Wine and Spirit, The Drinks Business, IWSC, Il Corriere Vinicolo and...

Attilio Scienza

Attilio Scienza

Attilio Scienza is a full professor at the University of Milan where he teaches courses on genetic improvements to the vine in the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences; he also teaches Viticulture in the Master’s program of the University of Turin in Asti. He...

Alessio Planeta

Alessio Planeta

After completing his Masters in agriculture Alessio Planeta spent the best years of his youth studying the history of Sicily and its viticulture. He became a sort of wine-nerd, in fact he spent his so-called holidays working in France, Piemonte, California, and...

Gurvinder Bhatia IWE

Gurvinder Bhatia IWE

Gurvinder Bhatia is the editor-in-chief and publisher for Quench Magazine - North America’s longest-running and Canada’s most widely distributed wine and food publication. Although he has written for Quench for over two decades and been on the editorial team for the...

Dave Parker

Dave Parker

Formerly a Silicon Valley engineer, David Parker began his professional wine career as the Owner of Parker Family Vineyards, a vineyard in the Alexander Valley. With a unique blend of talents, plus wine and high-tech industry contacts, he has successfully bridged the...