SPEAKERS 2021

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...

José Rallo

José Rallo

José Rallo represents the fifth generation of a Sicilian family with 160 years of experience in quality wine. She graduated in Business and Economics at the S. Anna School of Higher Education and Specialization in Pisa with the highest degree “cum laude plus honorable...

Fongyee Walker MW

Fongyee Walker MW

Fongyee Walker MW (Master of Wine) is the co-founder, with Edward Ragg, of Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting, Beijing’s first and fully independent wine consulting and educationservice (est. 2007). Fongyee has delivered both WSET course and special trade-targeted wine...

Caro Maurer MW

Caro Maurer MW

In 2011 Caro Maurer MW became the first female Master of Wine from the German speaking countries. Since more than 25 years Caro is working as a wine writer. Caro also works as a wine educator for WSET Diploma in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Bordeaux, Paris, Tuscany...

Helga Louise Schroeder MS

Helga Louise Schroeder MS

Helga Louise Schroeder MS was born in August 1974. After graduating from school she opted for an apprenticeship as a hotel expert rather than going to university; employments in France, GB, Switzerland and Germany followed suit. At the beginning of 2000s she...

Alicia Towns Franken

Alicia Towns Franken

Alicia Towns Franken, with over 25 years in the hospitality industry, is VP Wine Portfolio at Archer Roose, one of the leading canned wine companies in the U.S.. She is responsible for growing the wine portfolio of Archer Roose and for creating an industry-focused...

Marian Leitner-Waldman

Marian Leitner-Waldman

Marian Leitner-Waldman is the founder and CEO of Archer Roose Wines, one of the leading canned wine companies in the U.S. She is on a mission to democratize fine wine by making the wine industry more inclusive and leveraging format to fit the lifestyles of modern...

Valentina Argiolas

Valentina Argiolas

Valentina Argiolas was born in 1977, of a family of wine growers of Serdiana, in the countryside of southern Sardinia, close to Cagliari. From a very early age, she was involved in the Winery’s life, playing among the wine barrels and the crates of harvested grapes,...

Dr. Laura Catena

Dr. Laura Catena

Dr. Laura Catena is a Harvard and Stanford trained biologist and physician, and she founded the Catena Institute of Wine in Argentina in 1995. The Institute is dedicated to preserving the Malbec variety and to elevating Argentine wine. Dr. Catena is currently managing...

Summer Lee

Summer Lee

Summer Lee is a staff journalist specialized in covering news in the food and travel industries for the Korea JoongAng Daily, an English daily in Korea. She tells the global community what’s hot among locals in Korea, and brings new updates from all across the world...

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...

Irina Fomina

Irina Fomina

Irina Fomina, Founder & Chairman of the Board MBG Wine, has PhD in International Economic Relations. In 1995 she founded Moscow Business Group, which includes MBG Wine and MBG Beauty; next year she signed the first import contract with a famous Italian brand...

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...

Mary Gorman-McAdams MW

Mary Gorman-McAdams MW

Mary Gorman-McAdams is a Master of Wine, wine judge, educator, conference speaker, and business strategist. Since May 2019 she is the Director at International Wine Center, NYC, the First WSET School in the Americas. Previously, she was the North American Market...

Rachel Webster

Rachel Webster

Since joining WSET in 2012 Rachel has been instrumental in extending the network of Approved Programme Providers (APPs) across the Americas and EMEA regions. Primarily focussed on increasing both APP access to Educator Training Programmes and WSET's presence at...

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...

Felicity Carter

Felicity Carter

Journalist and editor Felicity Carter is the Executive Editor at The Drop, the content arm of Pix. Previously she worked for Meininger Verlag, Europe's biggest wine and spirits publisher, where she built Meininger’s Wine Business International into the world's only...

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...

Cathy Huyghe

Cathy Huyghe

Cathy Huyghe is an award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, and an engaging public speaker. She is the co-founder and CEO of Enolytics, a data-driven business intelligence provider to beverage alcohol companies around the world. She is a columnist for Forbes about...

Madeline Puckette

Madeline Puckette

Madeline Puckette is the chief design officer at Folly Enterprises and creator of WineFolly.com. Wine Folly is an award-winning brand dedicated to consumer wine education. Puckette’s work with Wine Folly includes the creation of 2 books, a New York Times bestseller...

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,...

Pauline Vicard

Pauline Vicard

Born and raised into a winemaking family in Burgundy, Pauline Vicard has been working in the wine sector for the last 15 years both in Europe and Internationally, in the market research department of the Burgundy wine office and the French Embassy, before creating her...

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,...

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...

Hannah Luxenberg-Tono

Hannah Luxenberg-Tono

Hannah Luxenberg Tono worked in production and immersive technologies for over a decade. While leading the mixed reality community in Silicon Valley, she co-founded the Computational Design Institute to further establish groundbreaking research within the technology...

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...

Erica Landin Löfving

Erica Landin Löfving

Erica Landin Löfving is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the publicly traded wine group Vintage Wine Estates (Nasdaq: VWE) in California. She joined VWE in June of 2021 after many years as a sustainability focused wine writer in Sweden (Decanter, Allt om Vin, Wine...

Åsa Johansson

Åsa Johansson

Freelance writer Åsa Johansson moved to Italy in 2001. After a degree in political science and journalism at the University of Florence and WSET studies, today she writes about wine, culture and travel for several of the most influential newspapers in Sweden, Norway,...

Alexandra Alexandrova IWA

Alexandra Alexandrova IWA

Alexandra Alexandrova became a VIA Italian Wine Ambassador in 2016. She also holds a WSET Diploma and a Weinakademiker title. Latterly as a Stage 2 student of the Institute of Masters of Wines, she spends several months every year travelling to various wine regions...

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...

Angelina Lyovina

Angelina Lyovina

Senior Brand Manager, Beluga Group Meet Russian importers – Italian wines wanted! (PART 1) Despite the pandemic consequences, data extrapolated from industry research confirm the interest of wine consumers in the Russian market, where Italian wine grew by 45.4%, from...

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.Meet...

Daria Pukhova

Daria Pukhova

Fine wines assortment managerLuding LtdItalian Wine Ambassador 2021Msc Wine Management ESC Dijion 2015Meet Russian importers – Italian wines wanted! (PART 2) Despite the pandemic consequences, data extrapolated from industry research confirm the interest of wine...

Veronika Busel

Veronika Busel

Veronika Busel is a Wine Marketing Manager, Wine Writer and the Managing Partner at the Wine Travel Awards.Coming from a background on Economics she holds a Master’s Degree in Wine Marketing and Tourism from the ISVV at the University of Bordeaux (France), as well as...

Eleonora Scholes

Eleonora Scholes

Award winning wine journalist. Ambassador for the Langhe wines - Barolo & Barbaresco. Founder & publisher of www.spaziovino.com.  Meet Russian Importers – Italian Wines wanted! (PART 1 & PART 2) Women in Russian wine importing industry Despite the...

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 IWA

Michelle Erland IWA

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...

Valentina Abbona

Valentina Abbona

Valentina Abbona is the 6th generation at Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo together with her brother Davide. She has a passionate and profound relationship with wine, which, for her, translates into emotion, feelings, history, terroir and - above all - home. Her...

Roberta Garibaldi

Roberta Garibaldi

Roberta Garibaldi is a university professor, author of the Rapporto sul Turismo Enogastronomico Italiano (report on gastronomy tourism in Italy), president of the Associazione Italiana Turismo Enogastronomico (Italian Association of Gastronomy Tourism) and advisor to...

Izabela Kamińska DipWSET

Izabela Kamińska DipWSET

Strong and recognizable female figure - one of the very few in the Polish World of Wine, Izabela Kamińska created something very special - a YouTube wine show called "Ale wino" in which, together with the co-host, Tomasz Czudowski, they introduce the world of wine to...

Violante Gardini Cinelli Colombini

Violante Gardini Cinelli Colombini

Violante was born in Montalcino in 1984. She graduated in Business Administration from the University of Florence. After the master OIV – International Organization of Vineyards and Wine, which took her around the most famous wine areas of the world, she worked in the...

Martina Centa

Martina Centa

Martina Centa, born in ’96, was born into a family of winegrowers in the Valdadige Terradeiforti, a narrow corridor between the mountains and crossed by the Adige River. Growing up within the family business, she immediately lived and breathed the wine world. Cantina...

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Born in Siena in 1953 Donatella graduated in History of medieval art with top marks. After a period of five years devoted to historic and artistic studies in 1984 she began working on the family estate where she stayed for 14 years. In 1993 Donatella Cinelli Colombini...

Elena Casprini

Elena Casprini

Elena Casprini is Senior Researcher at Department of Business and Law, University of Siena. During her Ph.D. in Management at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), she was a Visiting Ph.D. Student at Cass Business School (London, UK). Her research interests focus on...

Laura Donadoni IWA

Laura Donadoni IWA

Laura Donadoni is an Italian wine writer, published author and journalist based in California, where she founded years ago "The Italian Wine Girl" blog and online community (today counting more than 60.000 followers) and La Com Wine Agency, a strategic P.R. and...

Valentina Ellero

Valentina Ellero

Valentina Ellero is coordinator of the Consulting and Training area of Unione Italiana Vini, married and mother of three children. Graduated in Economics and Business in 1994 at Ca' Foscari University in Venice, she perfected her training by attending courses...

Corrine Keddie IWE

Corrine Keddie IWE

Corinne Keddie is a VIA Italian Wine Expert and educator, WSET Diploma holder, and Stage 2 Masters of Wine candidate. She has her own wine consulting company 365 days of wine, and regularly hosts wine tastings, seminars and educational sessions, leads wine tours,...

Andrea Eby IWA

Andrea Eby IWA

Andrea E. Eby graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Education, with a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Special Education. After working in the public school system, Andrea found herself drawn to the world of wine. Andrea earned the Diploma in Wine and...

Alice Wong IWA

Alice Wong IWA

Alice's involvement in the wine industry is multifold, including education, writing, event management, and judging. With an immense interest in Italian wines, Alice became an Italian Wine Ambassador in 2018. She has worked with various Italian government bodies to...

Diva Moretti Polegato

Diva Moretti Polegato

Diva Moretti Polegato was born into a family with a long tradition in wine making. The family winery, Villa Sandi, is located in the heart of the Prosecco area and is indeed a leader producer having reached over 115 countries in the world. Diva's father, Giancarlo,...

Marianna Velenosi

Marianna Velenosi

Marianna Velenosi was born in 1993 in family of winegrowers in the Marche region, more precisely in Ascoli Piceno. Since childhood she has been accustomed to life in the vineyard and raised in the cellar by her parents Angela and Ercole Velenosi, founders of the...

Sarah Trubnick

Sarah Trubnick

Prior to shifting her focus to the wine industry, Sarah obtained degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics (BS and MS, UCLA), and spent time working as an engineer and project manager on the US Space Shuttle for The Boeing Company. Opting to pursue a career...

Cristhel Molina

Cristhel Molina

Cristhel Molina is currently the Marketing Manager for Europe and Global Travel Retail for Don Papa Rum. Born and raised in the Philippines, Cristhel was studying medicine before joining the company in 2012. Prior to working for Don Papa, she worked for the biggest...

Nadia Zenato

Nadia Zenato

Eclectic by nature, eager to face new challenges and to put herself into play, Nadia Zenato was born in Peschiera del Garda, on the southern shores of the lake overlooking the family estates. She immediately felt that her destiny would be tied to that land, but also...

Valentina di Camillo

Valentina di Camillo

Forty-one years old, from Abruzzo, Valentina loves yellow, a little less order, odd numbers, hates symmetry and does not distinguish right from left. Stubborn, Scorpio and Juventine. After high school, she choose to study Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the...

Sara Braca

Sara Braca

Sara Braca is a passionate international marketing executive based in Tuscany. She has more than 13 years of experience driving growth for global brands across the Kraft Heinz, Danone and PepsiCo portfolio. She loves diving deeply into the hearts and minds of...

Katarzyna Kordaś IWA

Katarzyna Kordaś IWA

Over the last years, working in the position of manager and coordinator - Premium Italian and Franch wine import division of HoReCa. Katarzyna Kordaś has the opportunity to connect my personal passion with daily life and work. She has gained valuable experience in...

Alicia Lini

Alicia Lini

Alicia Lini represents the fourth generation of the Lini family, producers of some of Italy’s most acclaimed and highly rated sparkling wines. Since 1910, when they first established their winery in Correggio township (Reggio Emilia province, in the region of...

Roberta Crivellaro

Roberta Crivellaro

Roberta Crivellaro is the Managing Partner of the Italian Practice of the international law firm Withersworlwide. She specializes in corporate transactions (also cross-border) commercial and real-estate. Constantly listed by the Legal 500 directory as one of the best...

Gemma Richardson IWA

Gemma Richardson IWA

As an Ambassador to the city of Genova and of Italian Wine, Gemma shares the stories of a people, a place, and modern perspectives through their Genoese food brand, Love, Annamaria. While their brand is best known for Amorpesto, an artisanal pesto genovese, Gemma also...

Matilde Poggi

Matilde Poggi

Matilde Poggi was born in 1962 and has been a winemaker in Veneto since 1984, in Cavaion Veronese, area of production of Bardolino doc.In 2010 she joined the FIVI Council, the Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers, with the position of Vice-President, before...

Marta Mendonca

Marta Mendonca

Marta has built most of her career in Marketing & Sales, having worked with various brands, countries, industries and companies. In the years prior to joining Porto Protocol, Marta built her own brand and consultancy project, through which she took sustainability...

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....

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...

Gus Jian Zhu MW

Gus Jian Zhu MW

Gus is the first Chinese national Master of Wine. He 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...

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...

Matthew Horkey

Matthew Horkey

Dr. Matthew Horkey has authored four books (Travel Learn Earn, Uncorking The Caucasus, Sipping Santa Barbara, and Cracking Croatian Wine). His wine writing has appeared on JancisRobinson.com and Wine Folly. An experienced public speaker in his pre-wine life, he’s been...

John Szabo MS

John Szabo MS

Master Sommelier John Szabo was the first Canadian to add the “MS” after his name in 2004, and he holds the WSET Diploma with honors. He’s a principal critic for WineAlign.com, and writes wine columns for MarQuee, Monarch Wine, CellArt, and Grapevine magazines as well...

Rob McMillan

Rob McMillan

Rob McMillan is one of the top wine-business analysts in the United States and the author of Silicon Valley Bank’s highly regarded annual State of the Wine Industry Report, described by the New York Times as “… probably the most influential analysis of its kind.” With...

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...

Adam Teeter

Adam Teeter

Adam Teeter is the cofounder and CEO of VinePair, the most read publication about wine, beer and spirits in America. Since founding the publication in 2014 Adam has become recognized as an authority on how to make the drinks world accessible to everyone, and speaks...

Josh Malin

Josh Malin

Josh Malin is the President and Co-Founder of VinePair. Josh loves putting things together — websites, words, legos, and cases of wine. Prior to VinePair, Josh spent a few years helping to build Ez Texting, an NYC startup, into the leading provider of text messaging...

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...

Từ Lễ Huy

Từ Lễ Huy

Từ Lễ Huy is the President of the sommelier association in Vietnam. He holds WSET level 3 certification, specialises in French wine and he was runner up in Viet Nam Best Sommelier in 2011. Along with French wines, he is also an Italian wines enthusiast. He sees the...

Tom Emrich

Tom Emrich

Tom Emrich is recognized as one of the world’s leading thought leaders in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) & wearable technology. A pioneer in this space, Tom has over a decade-long track record of running tech teams and providing strategic direction...

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....

Ciro Pirone IWA

Ciro Pirone IWA

Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage Company, is a graduate of the Istituto Alberghiero (Hotel and Restaurant Management school) of Salerno, Italy and a Vinitaly Wine Ambassador (Vinitaly Wine Academy). Traveling and working in Italy, England...

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...

Beniamino Garofalo

Beniamino Garofalo

Beniamino Garofalo is a highly experienced manager, having spent many years working for large consumer good multinationals such as Pepsico, Heinz, and Danone, before moving into the luxury market at LVMH and most recently at Gruppo Lunelli. Since March 2020 he plays...

Maurizio Danese

Maurizio Danese

Maurizio Danese is president of Veronafiere spa and an entrepreneur with significant experience in leading companies among the food&wine sector in the Veneto and Emilia regions. He founded and managed his first company, Center Catering S.p.A. in 1987. Today he is...

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,...

Paul Caputo IWA

Paul Caputo IWA

Paul Caputo is a UK based wine writer, judge, critic and entrepreneur. He is a certified Italian Wine Ambassador of the VinItaly International Academy, and writes regularly for various publications. He previously ran an online wine merchant and successful pop up wine...

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 Tuđen

Tomislav Tuđen

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...

Alessandro Medici

Alessandro Medici

Alessandro Medici was born in Reggio Emilia in 1994 and today represents the fifth generation of the historic Medici Ermete winery. After high school, he began working abroad in London, New York and Tokyo. He obtained a degree in gastronomic sciences in 2017 at the...

Dr. Francesco Pensabene

Dr. Francesco Pensabene

Dr. Francesco Pensabene is currently posted in Russia as Director of the Italian Trade Commission, Embassy of Italy in Moscow and also as Coordinator for the Russian Federation, Armenia and Belarus. He was previously the Director of the Italian Trade Promotion Office...

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

Gourmand & Storyteller, JC Viens helps Italian wine companies develop effective storytelling to strengthen their brands and drive business growth in international markets. After 30 years as an Entrepreneur in the Export Sector in China, he is now an expert of...

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.Meet Russian importers – Italian wines wanted! (PART 2)Despite...

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.Meet Russian importers – Italian wines...

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...

Arnauld Orsel

Arnauld Orsel

Raised in Lyons, Arnaud Orsel obtained a master’s degree in Wine Knowledge and Trade at the Agrosup Dijon. He then worked for 10 years on the development of the François Frères Cooperage, world leader in the barrel making. He thus acquired expertise in wine aging with...

Dino Borri

Dino Borri

Dino Borri currently serves as Eataly Global VP. He was born and raised in Bra, a small town in Piemonte, Italia, and got his start in the food industry in 2000, when Slow Food hired him to organize and coordinate all their gastronomic events. In 2008, Dino started...

Ettore Nicoletto

Ettore Nicoletto

Ettore Nicoletto began his career at Casa Vinicola Zonin where he held various positions, including Exports Director. In 2004, he moved over to the Santa Margherita Gruppo Vinicolo, where was appointed General Manager and then CEO from 2008 to 2020. In March 2020,...

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...

Alessandro Torcoli

Alessandro Torcoli

Alessandro Torcoli is editor and director of the historical wine magazine Civiltà del Bere. After classical studies he graduated in Public Relations (Communication Sciences), became a professional journalist and sommelier AIS. He has collaborated with several...

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...

Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga

Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga

Anselmo Guerrieri Gonzaga was born in Rome in May 1978. His passions have always been linked to the countryside and animals: he spent every summer in their estate in Trentino surrounded by the vineyards and then in his grandmother's garden on the outskirts of Rome....

Alessandro Cellai

Alessandro Cellai

Alessandro Cellai is originally from Siena. In 1989 he obtained the diploma of Agrarian Expert with Specialization in Viticulture and Enology at the Istituto Bettino Ricasoli in Siena, and then enrolled at the University of Pisa, where he graduated in chemistry. In...

Matteo Ranghetti

Matteo Ranghetti

After obtaining a Master's Degree in Automation Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, his professional experience has matured in various countries in Europe, Africa and South America in the Oil & Gas sector. Passionate about wine, lover of the Italian...

Elmar Hofer IWA

Elmar Hofer IWA

Elmar Hofer was born in the South Tyrol city of Vipiteno. He was a professional alpine skier till 2011, with career highs having achieved the Italian Downhill Championship and representing Italy in world cup races such as the classical Bormio or Wengen Downhill. After...

Dario Bergamini DipWSET

Dario Bergamini DipWSET

Dario was born in Trieste and after completing studies in Oriental Languages in Venice, he went to the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies for a one year exchange program. Upon returning to Italy he had his first job in the wine industry working for a winery in the...

Russ Lorber IWA

Russ Lorber IWA

Russ Lorber IWA is the founder of Wide Roots, an import and wholesale company based in Baltimore, MD, with a mission to combine thoughtfully curated wines with inclusive education. He launched Wide Roots to bring the essence of celebration and culture to more wine...

Marius Odland

Marius Odland

Marius Odland is educated within marketing and communication. At an early stage, he started with journalism, developing into founding magazines and becoming editor for several of them. In 2009 he started the magazine Wine&Spirits in Norway (Vin&Brennevin...

Harshal Shah

Harshal Shah

Harshal Shah lived in India between 2007 and 2012. Whilst there, he was Contributing Editor of Sommelier India, India's only wine magazine. As well as writing about wine, Harshal consulted to wine industry bodies - including the Indian Government - and to Indian...

Gabriele Stringa

Gabriele Stringa

Gabriele Stringa is Partner of Zai Urban Winery. Gabriele describes himself as a tireless explorer of the new and never stops wanting to know and learn from people. He found himself in the wine world thanks to friends, and, like good wine, with aging he seems to...

Carlo Rossi Chauvenet

Carlo Rossi Chauvenet

Carlo Rossi Chauvenet is lawyer and managing partner of CRCLEX, a law firm specialized in IT Law, Company Law and Wine Law, with offices in Milan and Padua. Carlo is Adjunct professor of Privacy Law at Bocconi University in Milan and he also lecturer in Private Law...

Luiz André Batistello IWA

Luiz André Batistello IWA

Luiz Batistello is a 41 years old former Lawyer from Brazil. His professional conversion in the wine industry started in 2007. He holds a WSET Diploma, is IWA in France and WSET marker in 4 languages. Judge for 10 wine competitions in France, England and Italy. Since...

Davy Leung IWA

Davy Leung IWA

Davy is a wine educator, wine connoisseur, wine lover and wine writer who contributes to the wine services and education sector, wine magazines and the renowned business schools in both Hong Kong and China. He believes work-life-balance that he and his clients promote...

Gino Colangelo

Gino Colangelo

Gino founded Colangelo & Partners (www.colangelopr.com) in 2006 after spending over 10 years with global agency Dentsu, winning business and developing communications strategies for a blue-chip client list that included Siemens, Japan Airlines, Suntory and more....

Andrejs Batkilins IWA

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...

Lusis Valdis

Lusis Valdis

Owner and CEO of the wine and spirits importing company VINEA MEA sia. The main clients of company are HoReCa and private clients. Company works mainly with leading restaurants and hotels. 25 years experience in the business.The Latvian Wine Market Latvia is very...

Giovanni Bertani

Giovanni Bertani

Giovanni Bertani of the Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve estate near the historic city of Verona is heir to a grand tradition of winemaking in northeast Italy’s Veneto region, where his family name is synonymous with many of the region’s finest, most admired wines. As...

Pietro Russo

Pietro Russo

Born in 1985 in Marsala from a family long dedicated to winemaking , Pietro Russo  graduated with a degree in viticulture and winemaking from Conegliano Veneto and a Master Degree from Bordeaux. His career includes working periods spent in Bordeaux and Languedoc,...

Yannick Benjamin

Yannick Benjamin

Yannick Benjamin is a restaurateur and veteran in the wine and hospitality Industry with over twenty-five years experience. He is a proud New Yorker born into a family of French restaurateurs. He knew that hospitality was his calling from a young age. Yannick worked...

Imre Szakacs-Orha DipWset

Imre Szakacs-Orha DipWset

Imre Szakacs-Orha DipWset is a wine professional (WSET Educator, Speaker, International Wine Judge and Counsellor) from Romania. He established the first WSET centre in Romania in 2014 and is co-founder of East Cellars Ltd, a company that provides winery equipment and...

Marcello Lunelli

Marcello Lunelli

Marcello Lunelli, 53 years old, is the successor of Mauro Lunelli in the role of winemaker for the technical-production sector. He gained a lot of experience first at school and then in the field, that is, in the cellar and the vineyard, through internships and...

Dr. Marco Saladini

Dr. Marco Saladini

Marco Saladini manages the Toronto and Montréal offices of the Italian Trade Agency, tasked with developing trade and investment relations between Canada and Italy in a wide range of industries, ranging from industrial machinery to food and wine. Marco has extensive...

Massimo Tuzzi

Massimo Tuzzi

Massimo Tuzzi, 48 years old, from Friuli, has been at the top of Terra Moretti Vino since September 2020, after a long experience in the wine sector that began in 1997. Chief Executive Officer of the companies of the group: Bellavista, Contadi Castaldi, Petra, Sella...

Marco Nannetti

Marco Nannetti

Marco Nannetti was born in Imola in 1968 and obtained the diploma of Agrarian Expert in 1987 at the Istituto Tecnico Agrario “G. Scarabelli” in Imola. Married and father of two children, from 1990 to 2009 he was the regional manager of Emilia Romagna for the wine...

Massimiliano Apollonio

Massimiliano Apollonio

Massimiliano Apollonio, after studying oenology, has expanded his professional experience with internships at important Italian, French and Spanish companies. He is responsible for the quality of the wine and all production operations at the winery of which he owns,...

Giorgio Bortolin

Giorgio Bortolin

Commercial manager Italia at RUGGERI & C. S.p.a.Wine Suite: a tool that helps wineries to increase Direct to Consumer sales Over the past 18 months, more and more wineries have realized how fundamental Direct to Consumer sales are: Italy is one of the leading wine...

Dr. Danielo Caceffo

Dr. Danielo Caceffo

Since 2020, Daniele Caceffo has been Head of Line of Business - Agriculture Italy for Gruppo Cattolica Assicurazioni. He holds the position of Head of Atmospheric Risks (Assumption and Casualties), Animal Risks (Assumption and Casualties), Agricultural Companies,...

Orazio Vagnozzi

Orazio Vagnozzi

Orazio Vagnozzi is director of the wine section of Passione Gourmet and angel investor. After more than twenty years as a partner of a multinational management consultancy, he decided to dedicate himself to food and wine, his passions. He writes about wine in...

Alessandro Rossi

Alessandro Rossi

Alessandro Rossi is Partesa’s National Category Manager Wine: bon vivant, scholar and connoisseur of the wine world. He loves to interact with the most authoritative exponents of the wine and the gastronomic sector, and has numerous publications and books on the...

Daniel Pfitscher

Daniel Pfitscher

CEO at PFITSCHERWine Suite: a tool that helps wineries to increase Direct to Consumer sales Over the past 18 months, more and more wineries have realized how fundamental Direct to Consumer sales are: Italy is one of the leading wine producers in the world but, at the...

Riccardo Pasqua

Riccardo Pasqua

Riccardo, 43, took over the role of CEO at the end of 2015. Riccardo began his career with Pasqua in2007  and in 2014 was appointed Sales Director, a role that he is still involved with today. He was head of business in the United States before being nominated to lead...

Nick Breeze

Nick Breeze

Nick Breeze is a British journalist currently based in Italy reporting on wine and climate change. He writes for his own wine blog, Secret Sommelier, as well The Ecologist and, more recently, GENN.cc. In 2011 he began a filmed series of interviews with internationally...

Michele Manelli

Michele Manelli

Michele Manelli was born in Sassuolo (northern Italy, close to Modena), raised in Paris and is living in Tuscany since more than twenty years. As a vintner in Montepulciano, he founded and developed Salcheto, a wine producing operation, as a model of sustainable...

Paul Mabray

Paul Mabray

Paul Mabray has been a powerful change agent in the wine industry for over twenty years. He began his career working in traditional three-tier sales and marketing with Napa Ale Works and later innovated direct-to-consumer sales and marketing models with Niebaum...