Robert Maggi IWA

Half Welsh, half Italian. Born and bred in Puglia, he is now settled in Cardiff where he has been for the past 4 years. After graduating in 2012 from Aberystwyth University in Business and Management with Spanish, It was a simple wine course back in 2013 that sparked his passion for wine and he now holds the AIS certification as a Sommelier, level 3 WSET, and recently qualified as an Italian Wine Ambassador with the Vinitaly International Academy.

He has extensive experience in the sector including time with the award winning Australian winery ‘Jim Barry Wines’ as well as dedicating the last 5 years to the promotion of wines from Puglia around the globe. His passion is now his job, and he now runs his own company, WinesnVines, with the aim to import and distribute wines from Italy in the UK market, focusing on smaller producers and native varieties from Italy. He recently founded and organised the 1st edition of the Cardiff Wine Festival. He is a real wine enthusiast and always on the hunt for new varieties.