Systems Engineer with a Harvard Degree in Advanced Management, Maggie Henriquez is a professional with over 40 years of experience, out of which 29 have been spent as President and/or CEO of multinational food, wine and spirits companies in Venezuela, Mexico, and Argentina. She is now the CEO of the House of Krug in Reims, France, the house that has always focused on creating Prestige Champagnes since 1843.
During her stay in Mexico, Henriquez was Professor of New Product Development for International Markets and Strategic Alliances at the Universidad Panamericana. Among other recognitions, in 1993 she was appointed “Keeper of the Quaich” by the Scotch Whisky association. In 2008 in Argentina she was appointed among the best five executives of the year by Fundaciôn Konex. Recently, she was also appointed Woman of the Year 2013 by UK trade media Drinks International. She has two children living in Mexico and is also a grandmother of two girls and a boy.
Ms Shenghan Wang graduated from Brown University and Le Cordon Bleu Wine and Management. She is the founder of Lady Penguin and the guest taster for France’s leading wine guide Bettane&Desseauve. Lady Penguin is the most active wine community in China, and it owns a social media platform of 1.5 million fans and produces China’s most popular wine show with over 200 million views. In 2017, Shenghan was awarded as “30 Under 30” entrepreneur by Forbes China. The story of Lady Penguin is featured in media such as Bloomberg, Businessweek, ELLE, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar.
Lynne Sherriff MW
Independent Wine Consultant
Originally trained in hotel management, Lynne Sherriff MW’s interest in wine grew through her studies and lead to her gaining diplomas in cellar technology in Stellenbosch, and a state degree in oenology and viticulture in Germany, before working for Nederburg and the Stellenbosch Farmers Winery in South Africa.
In 1990, she was head hunted to establish the Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Academy, and after relocating to London in 1992 to establish the wine import and distribution company Vinfruco, she launched the Arniston Bay brand.
Sherriff became an MW in 1993 and was chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine from 2010 to 2012.
Sherriff was Chairman of China and Japan Wine Challenge Wine Competitions and DWWA judge since 2004.
She was awarded by the Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, for her contribution to wine education, from Masi Foundation Award, Verona Italy for contribution to international wine education and nominated as one of the 50 most influential people in the world of wine by Wine Intelligence, UK.
She currently works as an educator and independent wine consultant specialising in production, blending and marketing focusing on Europe, Africa and Asia.
Sarah Heller MW
Sole Proprietor @ Heller Beverage Advisory
Sarah Heller is a content creator, visual artist and wine branding expert based in Hong Kong and at 30 is the world’s youngest Master of Wine.
Her educational wine videos have over 3 million students. She produces an art series called Visual Tasting Notes, owns a boutique design agency Radix + Folium, is a brand ambassador and design collaborator for Lucaris Crystal and is in charge of wine selection for the Almásy Collection of Central European wines. She was recently appointed to the faculty of the Vinitaly International Academy. She speaks on several topics including Italian wine, Asian wine markets and Ecommerce and also regularly judges wine competitions like the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC and China’s WINE100.
Having graduated from Yale University with a degree in fine art, Sarah began her career in the New York and Hong Kong wine trades and wineries in France and Italy. She was Executive Director of events and education firm Meiburg Wine Media in Hong Kong for three years. As well as being a Master of Wine and AIWS, Sarah is a SWE Certified Specialist of Wine and Spirits. Sarah speaks English, German, Italian and French with some proficiency in Chinese and Spanish and her 2018 goal is to tackle Korean.
Senior Editor @WineSpectator
Alison Napjus tastes wines from regions throughout Italy for Wine Spectator; she is also the lead taster of wines from France’s Champagne and Alsace regions. She has written numerous tasting reports and feature stories for Wine Spectator and WineSpectator.com. She was promoted to senior editor in December 2012. Napjus first fell in love with the wines of Italy while living in Florence, where she studied as part of her degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. At the time she joined Wine Spectator in 2000, she was a manager at New York’s Tribeca Grill, which later earned a Wine Spectator Grand Award for its outstanding wine program. You can follow Alison Napjus on Twitter at http://twitter.com/napjuswine and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/napjuswine.
Advisor & Trainer for Digital Corporate Strategy focused on AR, VR & MR @ SECONDSTARVR
He is one of the major Italian experts in media and communication technologies. He worked as a CEO for leading web companies such as Yahoo,Altruista and ViaMichelin. He started his career 27 years ago in Mediaset, where he worked for 10 years on new media and innovative communication formats. Next, he opened the Italian branches of the first portal, search engine, and mobile company in the world. He wrote 3 books on online communication, e-commerce and virtual and augmented reality. His consultancy firm “SecondstArVr” takes its name from the story of Peter Pan and the famous Neverland, a world that belongs to the imagination and to creativity. In the same way, “SecondstArVr” dares to be a place of innovation and one that pushes companies to grow and prosper. His firm partners with Universities, Business Schools, Foundations and Observatories linked to the study and the employment of marketing, communication and sales tools through new AR and VR technologies.
Marketing Director @ Argiolas
Valentina 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, and witnessing for more than thirty years the history of her family’s enterprise. The Winery’s founder was her paternal grandfather, the clan’s Patriarch, who even after handing the family business over to his children remained its bedrock until the ripe old age of 103.
Valentina, who holds a degree in Business Studies, handles the Winery’s marketing and PR. Her role is to spread the word about the Argiolas wines and tell their history, the land they stem from and the dedication that goes into their crafting. The Winery focuses on Sardinia’s traditional and native grape varieties, including those lesser known outside the island, such as Nuragus, Monica, Bovale and Nasco, and this requires dedication to promoting their qualities.
Valentina has two small children and so, as all working mothers with a demanding position, she has become adept at running a busy schedule, making sure everything fits in smoothly. She hopes that her children will inherit from the family Patriarch both vision and passion.
One thing she is sure of: soon enough they too will play hide and seek among the great wine barrels which once were her grandfather’s.
President & CEO @ Cantine Ferrari
Matteo Bruno Lunelli was born on January 31, 1974. He is married and has two children.
Matteo Lunelli is the President and C.E.O of Ferrari Winery, Italy’s leading producer of luxury sparkling wines, founded in Trento in 1902. Matteo is part of the third generation of the Lunelli family; his grandfather, Bruno, acquired the company in 1952 from the founder, Giulio Ferrari. Ferrari produces only sustainably farmed Trentodoc wines, which are bottle-fermented sparkling wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown at high altitudes in the mountains of the northern Italian region of Trentino.
Matteo is also the C.E.O. of the Lunelli Group, an Italian beverage group which complements Ferrari with brands that share the same quest for excellence and an indissoluble link with terroir: Surgiva, the exclusive and extremely light mineral water whose source is located in the Adamello Brenta National Park in Trentino; the historic grappa Segnana; Tenute Lunelli still wines from Trentino, Tuscany and Umbria, known for their elegance and longevity; and Bisol, a leading producer of Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene.
Strongly committed to promoting the Italian lifestyle, Matteo is Vice President of the Altagamma Foundation, which unites high-end Italian companies from various sectors in order to promote top-quality Italian industry and the culture of excellence that supports it. He firmly believes in the strong synergies that can be created between the brands that represent the best of the made in Italy.
He is passionate about art and currently is Vice Chairman of MART, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, internationally known for both its permanent collection as well as its temporary exhibitions.
He graduated with honours in Economics at Bocconi University, Milan and, before joining the family business, gained international experience in financial consulting working for five years at Goldman Sachs International in Zurich, London and New York.
Matteo loves the mountains of his region, Trentino and enjoys skiing. He often travels around the world promoting his wines and he is interested in getting to know other cultures and traditions. He loves gourmet food and he has established interpersonal relationships with top chefs of world-renowned restaurants.
President @Consorzio Italia del Vino | President @Casa Vinicola Sartori
Born in Verona in 1959, Andrea Sartori represents the fourth generation of owners of Casa Vinicola Sartori, winery founded in 1898 by Pietro Sartori. After high school, he lived in the United States, completing his studies and starting the first job experiences. When he moved back to Italy, he started to take care of the commercial and communication departments of Casa Vinicola Sartori, focussing at first on the domestic market, and then on foreign ones. Since 2000, he is the President of Casa Vinicola Sartori. Besides taking care of commercial aspects, he is also in charge of the strategic vision of the business.
The following are the institutional appointments or Andrea:
1985-1990: Advisor of the Cda of Giovani Industriali Verona;
1995-1998: President Cda AGIVI (Giovani Imprenditori Vinicoli Italiani);
2004-2010: President of Confederazione della Vite e del Vino and of Unione Italiana Vini;
2005-2010: President of EME: (Ente Mostre Enologiche);
2005-2008: Vice President of Federvini (the national association of wine and spirits producers part of Confindustria);
Since 2015: President of Consorzio Italia del Vino;
Since 2014: Advisor of Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella;
Since 2017: President of C.D.A. Consorzio Tutela Vini Valpolicella.
CEO @ Mastroberardino
Piero Mastroberardino (Avellino, Italy, 1966), after completing his studies in Economics, in 1990, dedicated himself to scientific research. He is a full professor of business management in Italian State University. In his career has published several articles and books on this topic.
Since 1990 he is involved in his family business, Mastroberardino Wine Group, an ancient wine family firm established in Irpinia more than two centuries ago. In 1997 he became CEO, and currently is the President and CEO.
He represents the tenth generation of the Mastroberardino family vintners. His family has preserved for generations the local indigenous viticulture of Irpinia, a small wine region located on the mountains of Campania, promoting the message of the ancient, classical grape varietals of Italy worldwide.
Piero Mastroberardino is the President of the “Istituto del Vino Italiano di Qualità – Grandi Marchi”, an association founded among some of the most prominent and prestigious wine families operating in Italy.
He is also the President of the Gruppo Vino of Federvini, the national association representing the interests of wine business entrepreneurs.
Piero Mastroberardino is ordinary member of the Accademia della Vite e del Vino, the Accademia dei Georgofili in Firenze, the Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale. He is also member of several scientific boards of international journals and reviews. He also had various roles in public and private national institutions (Confindustria, Federalimentare, FederVini, Simest, Fondazione CUEIM, Comitato Nazionale per la Tutela dei Vini DOC, Comité Vins in Bruxelles).
His professional and entrepreneurial profile is linked with artistic activities, in the fields of drawing and painting, narrative and poetry. He has published two novels (“Umano Errare” and “Giro di Vite”), one collection of poetry (“All’origine dei sensi”) and one artist’s book (“Frammenti”). With his paintings, he made personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
Professor @ University of Milano Chief Scientist @ Vinitaly International Academy
Attilio Scienza is a fullprofessor at the University of Milanwhere teaches courses on genetic improvements to the vinein the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences; he also teaches Viticulturein the Master’s program of the University of Turin in Asti. He has beenthe lead for many national research projects in the field of phisiology, agricultural techniques, and vine genetics.He is the author of over 350 publications on vine and viticulture in national and international journals, conference proceedings, text books,and monograph. He also authored 23 books in Italian and English on culturaltopicsrelated to wine. From 1985 to 1991, he was the Director of the Istituto Agrario di S. Michele all’Adige(the research and training institute part of the Edmund Mach Foundation).He is a member of the Accademia Italiana della Vite e del Vinoand of the Accademia dei Georgofili. Throughout his long career, he has been awarded numerous awards for his research and writing, including the AEI Prize for scientific research in 1991, the international Premio Morsiani in 2006, and the OIV Prizein viticulture for the best scientific book on vine topics and viticulture in 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Since June 2018,Scienza collaborates with Vinitaly International as the Chief Scientist of the Vinitaly International Academy.
CEO @ Donnafugata
José Rallo is Donnafugata’s CEO and co-owner of Donnafugata together with her mother Gabriella and her brother Antonio. She is the face and voice of Donnafugata, the winery that pursuits excellence from the most suitable vineyards of Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria, in western Sicily, on Etna and Vittoria in the eastern part of the island. José heads the marketing and public relations team. She is naturally communicative and determined in taking ahead of the projects to which the winery is responsibly committed: sustainable development along with cultural projects for its own territory. With “Donnafugata Music & Wine Live”, José – producer and vocal soloist – performances a multisensory experience that paired a wine with each piece of music(from Jazz to Brazilian music), whose rhythms accompanied the sensations of the tasting.
CEO @ Gruppo Santa Margherita
Born in 1963, Ettore Nicoletto graduated in Economics and Business Studies from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and immediately became fascinated by the world of wine. He began his career at the beginning of the 1990s, working for Casa Vinicola Zonin, where he held various positions, including that of Export Director from 2000 to 2003.
In 2004 he moved to the Santa Margherita Wine Group in order to restructure the company’s export department and sales network in Italy, as well as reprogramming its product portfolio. In 2005 he was appointed Director General, with the goal of rationalizing the Group’s activities and creating optimum coordination between its subsidiary companies.
In 2008 came his appointment as CEO, with the aim of projecting the Group towards new trading dimensions, through both organic growth and the acquisition of new businesses.
He also holds the position of CEO of the following companies in the Santa Margherita Wine Group: Ca’ del Bosco – Società Agricola, SM Tenimenti S.r.l., Tenute Santa Margherita – Società Agricola, Cà Maiol srl – Società Agricola e Cantina Mesa srl. After two consecutive mandates, Nicoletto has now concluded his tenure of one of the major roles in the Italian wine sector: that of President of Italia del Vino – Consorzio, a Consortium made up of the most important producers in Italy, such as Santa Margherita, Banfi, Ferrari, Zonin, Gruppo Italiano Vini and others. He continues to be a member of the board of Italia del Vino – Consorzio and is Vice President of the Wine Group of Federvini.
As well as being a keen golfer (he has a 7 handicap), in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Ettore Nicoletto also took part in international off-road motorbike (“enduro”) races, gaining important placings even in the world championships.
Wine Writer and Italian Wine Podcast Host
Monty Waldin is a wine writer specialized in organic and biodynamic wine. Since 2017 he has been the host of the ItalianWinePodcast, a podcast dedicated to Italian wine and its culture. Waldin got into wine as a teenager having worked on severalBordeauxvineyardstoimprovehisFrenchinthemid-1980s.Hethentravelledaroundtheworldtoworkin organicandbiodynamicestates(France, Germany, California, Italy),writinghisfirstbooksonbothorganicand biodynamic wines andwine-making. Although he had his own TV series–an observational documentary called Château MontyabouthowheconvertedavineyardinRoussillontobiodynamics–Montyprefersradio,oritsmodern-day reincarnation, the podcast. Currently,he writes the entries on Biodynamic, organic, and natural wine for Jancis Robinson MW & Julia Harding MW’s Oxford Companion to Wine. His book on Biodynamic Gardening (Dorling Kindersley, 2015) was called “a new step for ward for biodynamics” by the global centre for biodynamic research, the Goetheanumin Switzerland. Monty is Decanter’sWorldWineAward she ad tastingjudgefor Tuscany. His photography has featuredinleadinginternationalwinemagazinesandin Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide. His otherbooks onwineinclude Monty Waldin’s Best Biodynamic Wines (Floris, 2013), and wine travel guide son Bordeaux(2005) and Tuscany(2006).
Alberto Tasca d’Almerita
CEO @ Tasca d’Almerita
Alberto, the CEO of the company and eighth generation of this established Sicilian winemaking dynasty, is a dynamic businessman and a father with dirt on his shoes and salt in his hair. Hopping into the office and then into the vineyards of Regaleali, taking a moment in between to sail with his family or jump over to Rome — he is not someone who sits still for very long. Alberto is a man of diversity — both in his life and talents, but also with a great value for biodiversity in the ecosystems of Tasca d’Almerita’s estates and vineyards. He has eyes always set on the horizon, jumping from project to project, planting seeds of innovation where ever he can. With his great love for Sicily and roots dug deep into the territory, Alberto shares his respect of the territory, the people, the culture and the environment no matter where he finds himself. In the past decade, Alberto — acting as a Christopher Columbus of Sicilian winemaking — explored and expanded the company’s estates to four other locations, each one a place with distinct characteristics and great potential. With Alberto’s lead, Tasca d’Almerita now has roots set on the island of Salina, Mozia, Mount Etna, and Monreale — each place producing unique wines that capture the soul of the place, as Regaleali has always done.
Another one of Alberto’s many hats includes the current Vice President for the Istituto del Vino Italiano di Qualità, Grandi Marchi, where, with other traditional Italian wine-makers, he promotes and educates the world markets on the culture, quality and varieties of Italian wines. Not only within Sicily, but also increasingly worldwide, Alberto leaves trails of inspiration and unique projects — never moving backwards, but making waves of change and recognition in both the wines of Sicily and the future of the world.
In 2010, Alberto embraced a new project, SOStain, in order to pay his respects to the territory and the future of both wine and the environment. With SOStain, Alberto is guiding the company in an honest, transparent direction in winemaking — digging deeply into Tasca d’Almerita’s impact on the environment, company choices and values, and using wine as the tool to encourage the development of the territory in a socially and environmentally aware way. SOStain is a project to make Sicilian viticulture sustainable, proactive and humble, a movement of the producers for the producers, the consumers and the future ahead.
And evidently, he has always been a man on the move — as a young man, Alberto obtained his MBA, while also training as an automobile racer, eventually winning second place in the Italian Championship Formula Europe of 1992. It was soon after that Alberto brought his strong work ethic and curious mind to his family’s wine business. In 1993, he became an official member and, as tradition goes, began working his way from the — bottom up — beginning with two years in the vineyards. He then moved up as Commercial Director of Conte Tasca d’Almerita Spa in 2000 and succeeded to improve the system with a complete reorganization, introducing a personalized system and innovation. It was under the leadership of Alberto that the team was the first in the wine industry to introduce this use of technology in the ordinary management of the company — including computerized management system and the use of the internet for management, communications, orders, etc.
In 2001, Alberto became the CEO of the Tasca d’Almerita company, immediately succeeding in obtaining the “Best Case Informatic System in Wine” by Microsoft. Since 2004, Alberto continued to succeed in leading the Administration of the company, followed by the Marketing, and eventually the Commercial Production.
General Manager @8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
“Wine is a journey with different travel companions and different destinations”, says Marino, who wishes to make this trip unforgettable for all guests.
From his first work experience in his homeland of Sardinia – Italy, Marino Braccu carries with him a true passion for food and wine throughout his travels.
From 2007 to 2014, Marino moves to Australia to start his career as Sommelier of Mille Vini, a reputable enoteca in Sydney, and later on his latest assignment at Rosetta, of famed Chef Neil Perry, in Melbourne.
In summer 2014, the opportunity to work at 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA brings him to Hong Kong, excited to further sharpen his palate with Chef Bombana’s cuisine.
Joining the team as Sommelier and promoted to General Manager in 2016, Marino has carried out a meticulous work of reorganization and development of the wine list, his objectives being the expansion towards Italian
indigenous grape varieties, a customer-friendly approach, and bringing more unique and exclusive products to the Hong Kong connoisseurs, whether Italian or from the rest of the world.
8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA is proud to have Marino leading the team in its daily operations and sharing his wine expertise, complementing perfectly Chef Bombana’s culinary creations and enriching the guests’ dining
Dmitry Fedotov is a wine expert, wine journalist, promoter, member of Supervisory board of the Winemaker’s and Winegrower’s Union of Russia, brand-ambassador of Gambero Rosso in Russia, teacher at the sommelier school “WinePeople.” He is a judge at international tasting competitions such as “Vinitaly”, “Concours Mondial de Bruxelles”, “Vini da Pesce”, “International Wine Contest Bucharest”, “Southern Russia”, “Black Sea Winemaking Forum” and others. He is a regular contributor to Art in Wine, Azbuka Vkusa – Enoteka, Napitki (Drinks), Enoteca, Forbes, Jets, Italia, Robb Report, Top Flight, Vine, Vinnaya Karta (Wine Card) as well as to International Tre Bicchieri Monthly and the internet-portals winepages.ru, gazeta.ru and jets.ru. He has been the chief editor of the wine guide “Guide of the Russian consumer” 2011, 2012 and a laureate of “Foglio d’Oro 2012” and “Sue Eccelenza Italia 2012” by Gambero Rosso.
CEO @ Emetry
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 innovating Direct to Consumer sales and marketing models with Niebaum Coppola. Since then, he has been at the forefront of all major digital trends for the wine industry, working with WineShopper.com and Wine.com when they entered the wine-digital space. He founded two companies that have significantly changed the US wine landscape for digital. First by introducing winery e-commerce with Inertia Beverage Group that transformed into WineDirect.com pioneering winery e-commerce and then again introducing social media and social customer relationship management with VinTank.com. Currently he is the CEO of Emetry.io an innovative consumer insights company. He is considered the wine industry’s foremost futurist and thought leader, harnessing the power and potential of digital tools and methodologies to move the industry into the future. He writes regularly at https://medium.com/@pmabray
Vice President @ Vini Franchetti
Born in Rome in 1969. Conducts his studies in Italy, Switzerland and England where he graduates with a degree in Economics from UCL. Pursues different career paths: credit analyst in an investment bank in the City of London; advertising manager in a major international advertising agency based first in London and subsequently in Milan; manager and PR for a well known contemporary artist with an important wine producing estate. In 2011 passes the IAP exam in order to become a qualified agricultural entrepreneur and acquires a 45-hectare estate in San Casciano dei Bagni, Tuscany containing a 1-hectare vineyard of pinot noir, thus giving rise to the Azienda Agricola Franchetti Carlo. The ideal pedoclimatic conditions for the cultivation of the pinot noir grape lead to encouraging oenologic results and to further investments for the extension of the vineyards and for the construction of a new winery. In 2013 produces the first pinot noir vintage named Sancaba. In 2014, together with his cousin Andrea Franchetti, forms the Vini Franchetti SRL holding company to better market and distribute the wines produced by each other’s estates.
Founder @ Garofalo & Idee Associate Srl
Alessandro Garofalo is a recognized expert in human development, specialized in training and consulting for team building, innovation and creativity, using also advanced outdoor techniques as orienteering and survival experiences. With the team of his own company (Garofalo & Idee Associate s.r.l., www.garofalo.it, active since 1995) he supports many companies in developing new ideas and products, using some special creativity techniques. He got a degree in theoretical physics at the Trento University and after having covered management positions in a leading industrial group he became director in Ambrosetti, a top management strategy consulting firm. He began his activities in training and consulting by cooperating with the Galgano Group.
He’s professor on contract at the University of Verona, Faculty of Economics holding two classes: Innovation Economy and Innovation Management Leadership, and also teacher at the management school of CUOA (www.cuoa.it), where is responsible for the ‘Laboratory of creativity’.
He has assessed leading national and multinational companies in training and human resources area, among which could be mentioned: Henkel, BNL, Hilti, Lavazza, Merloni, Ferrari-Maserati. He also co-operates with RAI – Radio Televisione Italiana, Technogym, Geox, Pirelli, Thermo Fisher and others on creativity matters.
He worked from 2005 to 2012 as general manager and managing director in “Trentino Sviluppo” (Trentino Development Agency, www.agenziasviluppo.com). The mission of the Agency is to promote economic activities and new entrepreneurs, both through direct intervention and by developing the infrastructure of the territory.
General Manager @ Veronafiere S.p.A.
Giovanni Mantovani has a Law Degree from the University of Bologna and a Master in “Business Administration” from the University Consortium for Business Organization Studies – C.U O.A. di Altavilla Vicentina (Vicenza). Since 1st February 2017, Mr.Mantovani is CEO of Veronafiere SpA (company born from the conversation of Ente Autonomo per le Fiere di Verona). He has been working in Veronafiere since 1985. He worked as a manager from 1991 to 2001 when he became General Director. He is a Board member at the Fondazione Toniolo and member of the Board of Directors of UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry). In April 2014 he was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture as a member of the Scientific Committee for the Wine Pavillion in Expo 2015. In 2014 he became 1st Vice President of the European Chapter of UFI (the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry). Since 2012, he is an advisor for the Verona branch of Banca d’Italia. Since July 2014, he is the first Vice President of the European Chapter of UFI (the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry). Since October 2016, he is a member of the CFI Committee (Agenzia di Confindustria for exhibitions). Since January 2018, he is Member of the Board of Verona Parma Exhibitions Srl. Previously, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Toniolo, Tua Assicurazione (Gruppo Cattolica Assicurazione), CEO of Sviluppo Fiere Spa, Vice-President of AEFI (Associazione Enti Fieristici Italiani), President of the Consortium Genius Vini (VeronaFiere, Unione Italiana Vini and Federvini are part of it, and the aim is to promote the wine and agrifood businesses at the international level). Furthermore, Mr Mantovani has been a member of the Board of Directors of Cattolica Immobiliare, member of Comitato Ordinatore of Fondazione Cattolica and Vice-President of EMECA (European Major Exhibition Centres Association), representing infrastructures and education. Mr Mantovani was also a member of the Board of Directors of Berica Vita (Gruppo Cattolica Assicurazione), member of the Board Veronafiere India, part of the Comitato Consultivo Territoriale of Verona – Banca Popolare di Vicenza, and President of Veronafiere Servizi SpA.
Three publications have been written by Mr. Mantovani, namely:
“Il sistema agro-alimentare: il caso Veneto” in Quaderni di Azione Sociale, Rome (1986)
“Fiere: quale sviluppo?” in Sinergie, Verona (1995)
“Fiera, anzi filiera!” In Nordesteuropa.it, Padua (2006)
President @ Veronafiere S.p.A.
Born in 1962 Maurizio Danese is a businessman working in the food&wine industry. Back in 1987, Danese founded his first business, PREGIS SpA (former Center Catering SpA), of which he is now Board Member. Thanks to his experiences as a member of the Board of Directors in many Italian businesses related to ho.re.ca., banking, insurance and exhibition sectors, Danese worked both at top-managerial roles and as administrator.
At present, Danese has many roles:
Since 2005, Administrative partner of Società Agricola SS Fongaro Spumanti Metodo Classico;
Since 2003, Member of the Council and Committee of Chamber of Commerce CCIAA Verona;
Since 2004, Vice President and Vicar of Confcommercio Verona;
Since 2012, Member of Comitato Territoriale of the former Banco Popolare, now BPA SpA;
Since 2016, Member of Consiglio Direttivo of AEFI, Association of the Italian Trade Fairs;
Since October 2015, President of Veronafiere SpA.
Vice President of Gruppo Acquisto Cateringross from 1999 to 2009;
President of Verona Innovazione, a company of CCIAA Verona, from 2009 to 2014;
President of Confidi Veneto, Cooperativa di Garanzia Collettiva Fidi from 2010 to 2015;
Vice President of Chamber of Commerce CCIAA Verona from 2014 to 2015.
Partner @ Accendo Cellars
Jaime Araujo started learning about wine at her family’s winery, Araujo Estate Wines, in Napa, California before going on to study oenology in Bordeaux (DUAD), London (WSET) and California (UC Davis).After working for Moët Hennessy in Austria, London and Paris, in 2004 Jaime created her own company, Terravina, to address the specific needs of the wine industry in terms of high-level strategy consulting and down-to-earth, effective marketing solutions. Having worked predominantly in Europe and Asia for over 10 years, Jaime came back to Napa in 2016 and became a partner in her family’s new wine, Accendo Cellars, along with her parents Bart and Daphne Araujo and her brother Greg Araujo. Jointly responsible for all major strategic and winemaking decisions, she also manages the US west coast and international markets, and the marketing and communications for the family brand. She has an MBA from INSEAD in France and teaches regularly at INSEEC Bordeaux and has also given classes at Sciences Politiques and HEC.
Associate Professor & Senior Marketing Scientist @ University of South Australia
Assoc. Prof. Armando Maria Corsi is a Senior Marketing Scientist at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute. His key area of research is the analysis of consumer behaviour particularly towards wine and other premium foods and beverages. Assoc. Prof. Corsi has been the chief investigator of some major projects funded by Wine Australia examining the effects of non-price promotions in store, tracking the ever-changing Chinese wine market, improving the techniques to describe wines to Asian consumers, and exploring the most effective ways to teach them about wine. New projects have started in late 2016 looking at the perceptions of Australian wines and its key competitors by trade, key influencers and suppliers in the US and the UK. Assoc. Prof. Corsi has authored more than 50 refereed journal and trade articles on food and wine marketing.
Founder @ Kitchensuspension
Francesco Mattucci, photographer and Instagrammer, co-founder and president of Garage Raw, the first Instagram Marketing Agency in Italy. During his artistic and work journey, he’s received many awards like, in 2014, the national award of Igersitalia for the photo editing, and landscape categories. He’s the creator of the @kitchensuspension project on Instagram, that made him collaborate with international brands and was featured on Instagram’s Blog. He teaches about Social Media and has a Blog, instaexplorer.it. For most of the time, he works on Visual contents for social media platforms. He was published on Travel + Leisure. He finds inspiration in everything, for his work, without rules, he loves to observe the professionals he admires and he feels lucky about having great ideas so easily. He lives in Modena, photographs with analogue, digital, smartphone, and tablet, and he loves to play with light. Photography for him is a way to stay alert and in the wait at the same time.
Winemaker @ Grace Winery
Ayana is 5th generation winemaker of Grace Wine, her family winery, founded in 1923 in the Yamanashi prefecture. Her winemaking qualifications include some from Yamanashi University, Bordeaux University and a postgraduate degree in vine physiology from Stellenbosch University. She worked vintages in wineries in Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. In 2014, one of Grace Wine’s whites, crafted from Japanese indigenous variety “Koshu”, won the first gold medal for Japanese wines at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
President @ Accademia delle 5T
Born in Milan 70 years ago, is a precursor of environmentalism as sincere respect for nature, accepting without exaggeration and hysteria the role of man in the balance of the environment. Forerunner of the defense of Biodiversity, Typicity and Sustainable Agribusiness, in 1970 he was at the publishing house Rizzoli until 1976. Since then he became independent and wrote several books and articles concerning food, wine and enogastronomic tourism for the most prestigious newspapers published by Rizzoli, Mondadori, Touring Club, Domus, as well as publications of the European Community and Italian local administrations. He took part in the team of the prestigious magazine Natura Oggi. He has created the Guide Gourmet series and the Guide to the Italian Wineries and Wines (Guida alle Cantine e ai Vini d’Italia) published by Mondadori; he collaborated in the Guide of the Association “Cities of Wine” (Guida dell’Associazione Città del Vino). A well-known mycologist, he founded several mycological groups and naturalistic and culinary holiday schools as “Osservare la Natura”. President in the 70s of Circoli della Libertà (cultural association which counted among the same members Enzo Tortora), is also President of the Academy of Ghiotte Erbe, and currently chairman of Accademia delle 5T (Territory, Tradition, Typicity, Transparency, Traceability), on whose behalf he directed the magazine “Italian Tastes”, obtaining a prestigious award for cultural activities from the ANCI and Associazione Nazionale del Libro. He has won several journalistic awards, including the 2000 Betti Prize at Vinitaly. Professor of naturalistic or agri-food thematic courses, moderator and lecturer at scientific and cultural conferences, he’s actually teaching journalism with undergraduate degree in gastronomic sciences from the University of Parma and in the master COMET ( Culture, Organization and marketing of ‘Territorial Enogastronomy’) taking care of the magazine “KmVero” written by students. The VerOKeys event, which he designed and realized in 2014 at the University of Parma, dedicated to the contemporary celebrations of Ancel Keys and Gino Veronelli, received the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic.
Marketing Director @ Zackys China
Xiaohan received his Bachelor’s in Viticulture & Enology and his Master’s in Food Biotechnology in Wine Science from China Agricultural University in Beijing, and he also holds a Level 3 Certification from WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) and is now working on his Master of Wine study. He has also received academic and practical training of production and authentication of Baijiu, in particular, vintage Moutai. Xiaohan is also writing for several wine and collection media and is the principal consultant of Les Amis du Vin. He is now working for Zachys as China Sales Director, overseeing the sales, marketing and PR in the Greater China region. He is awarded as a Chevalier of Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.
Estate Owner @ Az. Agr. Frank Cornelissen
Born in Belgium (1961), former wine broker and passionate alpinist, starts in 2001 his winemaking adventure in the Northern valley of Mount Etna (Sicily), regarded today one of Italy’s most fascinating and promising wine area’s. The estate’s philosophy is to produce pure expressions and single vineyard wines of Etna through an unconventional mix of ancient, local and organic farming traditions and a modern non-interventionalist, biodynamic approach in the cellar. The estate’s extension is about 23 ha of vineyards, 2 ha of olive growth and total annual production is 100.000 bottles.
Freelance Writer, Translator and Editor
Based in Budapest, Sue Tolson is a freelance writer, translator and editor, specialising in wine, food and travel. She holds the WSET diploma as well as being a Wein Akademiker and Vinitaly Italian Wine Expert. She judges at various international wine competitions including IWC, Berlin Wine Trophy and 5StarWines (2018 panel chair) and is also a member of the prestigious Circle of Wine Writers and the Managing Editor of WineSofa – an online magazine focussing mainly on the wines and culture of Central and Eastern Europe. As well as enthusing about wine in writing, Sue also enthuses in person while educating and giving wine tastings.
General Manager @ Gruppo Italiano Vini
Roberta Corrà graduated in law from the Università Statale di Bologna, subsequently practising at the Menichetti law firm in Verona, specialising in labour law, officially qualifying to pursue the legal profession and attending a short Masters course of specialisation in company organisation at SDA Bocconi. She developed much of her professional career in two German multinational retailers where she worked for 15 years in the Human Resources and Organisational sectors. 1992 – September 2011 LIDL Italia S.r.l. Arcole, Verona German multinational, a leading food-discount retailer in Europe with over 10,000 employees, 10 distribution platforms (one of which in Malta) and 550 shops generating gross revenues of more than 2 billion euros. In March 2000, Roberta became Director of Human Resources and Organisation coordinating all functions regarding training and development, personnel administration, recruitment, union relations, legal affairs and health and safety. September 2011 – June 2012 Mediamarkt, Bergamo Mediamarkt is a German multinational electronics and domestic appliance retailer with 11,000 employees and about 120 shops in Italy (including the outlets Mediaworld and Saturn). Roberta covered the role of HR Operations Manager coordinating all organisational, personnel and development activities as well as the cost control process in all the shops. Furthermore she was invited by Metro, the German parent company, to represent Italy in an international working group made up of the most important human resources directors aimed at developing the ‘GROW’ project. This was a project set up to devise a working plan for maximising the profitability of the business with a focus on commercial and organisational aspects. Since July 2012 Gruppo Italiano Vini S.p.A. Roberta joined GIV in July of 2012 as Human Resources Director and in July of 2014 was appointed Chief Operating Officer. She has occupied the post of General Manager since January 2015. Additional roles In the scope of GIV consolidation, she is a Board Member of Frederick Wildman & Sons based in New York, B&G Wines USA Llc also in New York and of Tenute Rapitalà S.p.A. in Palermo. She is Managing Director of Carniato Europe s.a. based in Paris, GIV Deutschland GmbH in Munich, GIV UK Ltd. in London and GIV CZ in Prague. She is also on the Board of the Italia del Vino Consortium and of the Tutela Vini Valpolicella Consortium. Gruppo Italiano Vini is the leading Italian Wine Business and one of the most important companies in the world for the production and marketing of fine wines. The company was established in 1986 and has its headquarters in the eighteenth-century Villa Belvedere on Lake Garda in the province of Verona. It has 15 directly-owned wineries spread over 11 Italian regions representing the history and culture of Italian wine. Its 1,363 hectares of vines extend from the far north of Italy to Sicily and cover all the classic Italian wine-growing areas. The Group has expanded even further in the past few years. Having acquired the Pedemonte winery in the province of Verona and the Bolla brand, the Group purchased the Cantine Cavicchioli, the prestige Lambrusco brand. In 2017 Gruppo Italiano Vini completed the renovation of its Santi winery in Valpolicella, a significant investment marking the renewal of one of the most important and historical protagonists of the Verona wine scene. The Group directly owns Frederick Wildman & Sons in New York, Carniato Europe Sa in Paris, GIV UK in London, GIV Deutschland in Munich, GIV CZ in Prague and Shanghai GIV in China. The Group closed 2017 with revenues of €385 million, a year-on-year improvement for both 2016 and 2015.
Owner @ Vigneti Massa
Born in Monleale on December 6th, 1955, to a family of farmers. In a village, where both his paternal and maternal uncles lived; Walter’s family life drew on the pearls of life, which proved fundamental in his personal and professional upbringing. The most significant person to him was Uncle Giuseppe, who had always partnered with his father, Augusto, in the company he now leads today with his sister Paola and Uncle Renato. Renato, the brother of his mother, Teresita, was born in 1922. Renato is a true winemaker, from which Walter tried to steal every detail of vineyard and winery management. After gaining the title of “Winemaker” at the Oenological School of Alba in 1976, Walter began by making himself available to all the agricultural cantinas of Tortonese; collaborating to solve situations considered problematic by farmer’s “critiques”. Working with about 20 companies since the late 90s, Walter has spent his years of qualification and credibility to radically change thoughts on Tortonese winemaking from using a constellation of winemakers to instead focusing on excellence that comes from using fewer, but highly-qualified winemakers that are ready to face the markets. CEO and founder of FIVI, and now Vice President of two mandates, representing the North-west in the National Coordination Committee of the Wine Roads, Oil and Flavors of Italy and the provincial and regional manager of Confagricoltura from 1988 to 2006. Association partner of Italian enological winemakers and national order of wine tasters. Lecturer at various university institutes on in-depth studies concerning oenology and viticulture, and teacher in various wine associations. Interviewed and cited in various national audio and television publications and protagonist of literary works dealing with wine and agricultural anthropology. Winner of numerous awards. The winery cultivates 27.5 hectares of specialized vineyards distributed into 12 hectares of Timorasso, 10 hectares of Barbera, 2.5 hectares of Croatina, 1.5 hectares of Freisa and 1.5 hectares of White Moscato.
Senatore of the Italian Republic
Dario Stefano is a Senator of the Italian Republic, first elected in 2013 with “La Puglia in più”, he was later reelected in 2018 with the Democratic Party. He was also a member of Puglia’s regional board (2005-2013), and responsible for agricultural activities as a council member for the Puglia region. As President of the council for agricultural activities, he also attended the “Conferenza delle regioni”. Coming from Salento, Stefano is originally from Otranto but lives in Lecce with his wife Paola and kids Dante and Daria. With a business background, he is a lecturer at Unisalento, in the School of Legal Disciplines and the Environmental Sciences course. As a manager, he mainly dealt with the internationalization of companies and the environment. During the XVII legislation, he was President of the Elections Council and group leader for the Agricultural Commission of Palazzo Madama. He presented substantial bills like the proposal for the establishment of a parliamentary commission to investigate the phenomenon of “caporalato”, the bill to contrast “caporalato”, the bill to introduce “History and Culture of wine” in elementary schools, and the first regulation for enotourism (later became law in 2018). In the current legislature, he presented a bill for enoturism’s arrangement to be extended to the oil sector.
Podcast Host @ The UK Wine Show
Chris Scott is an award-winning wine communicator and presenter with a lively and energetic style and down-to-earth approach to wine. He runs wine tasting company ThirtyFifty and produces a weekly wine podcast, The UK Wine Show, which is consistently ranked in the top 10 iTunes Food & Drink Podcast chart. Born and bred in New Zealand, Chris spent time as a student working hands-on in the vineyards of Canterbury before graduating with first class honours in engineering. He moved to London in 2001 to begin his wine studies before setting up ThirtyFifty in 2002. He has the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits which is the WSET’s flagship qualification. Chris now heads up a team of 20 wine experts across the UK, between them running over 500 corporate events, wine courses and private tastings per year. In 2015 and 2008 the company was awarded the International Wine Challenge Wine Educator of the Year. Chris has represented Hardys and Montana in the UK in marketing campaigns including live tasting events for the Hardys One Love campaign, a live web TV show and video podcasts for Montana and has consulted for Britvic Soft Drinks on food and drink matching. ThirtyFifty is also an approved program provider for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and Chris has run various WSET courses for wine companies including Accolade Wines, Oddbins, Spiral Cellars, Galvin Restaurants. Chris currently leads the WSET Level 3 Courses for ThirtyFifty.
Geoff Kruth MS
President @ GuildSomm
Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth launched the GuildSomm website in 2009, joining his career in wine with his early background in technology. He manages the organization, hosts the GuildSomm audio podcast and video documentaries, develops content, and leads masterclasses. Geoff also travels and speaks extensively, promoting GuildSomm, wine education, and the sommelier profession. He co-produced of the documentary film “Into the Bottle”, the follow-up to the cult documentary hit SOMM as well as producing and staring in the TV show Uncorked on NBC’s Esquire network. Mr Kruth is also the proprietor of Lost & Found Winery in Sonoma County.
Proprietor & General Manager @ Wine Partners
Dorli (Dorothea) Muhr is an Austrian expert on culinary matters and an expert in communications. With Wine&Partners (founded in 1991), Ms Muhr leads Europe’s premier agency for marketing and public relations in the areas of fine wine and food. Long-established international concerns entrust their image work to her, as do many fine boutique start-ups. Wine&Partners is active worldwide, enjoying the most impeccable of connexions in the upper echelons of the wine, tourism & culinary sectors. In addition to this, in 2002 Dorli Muhr established a wine estate on the Spitzerberg (in Austria’s wine region Carnuntum) in collaboration with the Portuguese winegrower Dirk van der Niepoort. Her estate – just like the agency before it – operated to the highest quality standards from the very beginning; not only did she join the élite of the Austrian wine industry in a very short space of time, but her operation has become responsible for a new recognition of Austrian red wine on the international stage as well. Muhr’s wines are elegant, precise and stylistically pure, sought-out by sommeliers as subtle partners to fine cuisine.
CEO @ Vinepair
Adam Teeter is the CoFounder of VinePair, the largest and fastest growing publication devoted to Wine, Beer and Spirits in the United States. Currently, the publication has a monthly readership of over 2 million people. Aimed at the next generation of consumers, VinePair connects to its readers through relatable lifestyle content. Prior to founding VinePair, Adam has been involved in many other projects related to wine and making wine more accessible for consumers. In 2010, Adam, along with VinePair’s Chief Wine Geek Keith Beavers, founded Vivo in Vino, a music series that paired cutting-edge bands, such as The Antlers and Freelance Whales, with accessible winemakers, such as Mouton Noir and Brooklyn Oenology, in an intimate setting. Together with Keith, Adam also created and wrote Juiced, a television show about wine and culture that was optioned by Herzog TV. Adam is a winner of the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup American Wine-Tasting Championship.
President @ Bevology Inc
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 for U.S. market entry. This is Steve’s fourth year speaking at Wine2Wine and he’ll be pioneering the new “WineLab” concept of hands-on, interactive workshops. The goal is to provide attendees with the tools they need to make informed decisions to help navigate through the complexities of the U.S. market. In addition to Wine2Wine, Steve is a regular speaker at Vinitaly, ICE’s Vino events in NY, WSWA and lectures at Bologna Business School and Cornell University on the U.S. wine market. He also has written for Meininger’s Wine Business International and Wine Meridian. He is an inspiring and engaging speaker. And if you can’t snag a seat in his seminar, make it a point to meet him in person at the “How to Get U.S. Market Ready” booth in the wine2wine exhibit area.
CEO @ Pitti Immagine
Born in Rome on 1954, married, three daughters. Resident in Florence, Maturità classica – Classical High School diploma, Degree in Law, Executive management and marketing courses Stanford University: 1986; 1988 Reserve Officer in the cavalry from 1979 to 1980. First experiences in the sailing sector as a broker and then as an entrepreneur building and distributing sailing cabin cruisers. 1984 – 1986 experience in the pharmaceutical field at Les Laboratoires Servier, first private pharmaceutical group in France. 1987 – 1989 director of human resources at Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. Since 1989 he has been general manager and, since 1995, C.E.O. of Pitti Immagine s.r.l., a non-profit-making company that organizes international trade fairs in the fashion sector with over 4,600 exhibitors and 120,000 visitors, 45% of which come from abroad, with a turnover in 2017 of € 38.2 million.The fairs, which are by invitation or open to the public, are reserved for members of the trade and feature clothing and accessories for women/men/children; yarns and fibres for the knitting industry; home accessories; design; crafts; fragrances; food and wines. Moreover, Pitti Immagine, also through the Fondazione Pitti Discovery, devises, curates and stages important exhibitions on fashion culture and communication open to the public and produces publications and events on costume and contemporary arts that are often taken abroad for the purpose of promoting Italian fashion in the world. Current positions – President of the BoD of Fiera Digitale s.r.l., member of the BoD of Polimoda, member of the Steering Committee of the Fondazione Montedomini, member of the BoD of Alta Roma. Past positions – President of the BoD of YNAP S.p.A.,member of the board of Confindustria Firenze, member of the Supervisory Board of Escada AG, independent councilor at Dada S.p.A., member of the BoD of Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, member of the BoD of the Fondazione Teatro della Pergola, member of the BoD of EMI – Ente Moda Italia S.r.l
President @ Bauli
Born in 1969, he is married and has three children. He holds a degree in Political Economy from Bocconi University. In 1997 he started working for the family business, Bauli S.p.A. He directly followed the merger of Bauli with other brands like Alemagna, Motta, Doria and Bistefani. He was responsible for the internationalisation of the company, that extended its market towards Asia with a local JV first, and a factory in India later on. He is now President of Bauli S.p.A. He is also President of Confindustria Verona and member of the General Board of Confindustria.
Sommelier @ Vinkällaren Grappe
Niklas Bergqvist started out in the kitchens of various restaurants in Stockholm, Sweden. A deep interest in wine made him take a sommelier course to understand the concepts of matching wine and food. A badly broken leg then led him to the WSET Diploma, which he finished as the best Continental European student in 2012. Since then he is working full time with wine as head sommelier in a members club for wine collectors as well as a wine educator.
Italian Wine Ambassador & Wine Journalist
Mike Madaio is a wine journalist and Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador. He currently serves on the editorial board for Palate Press, and his writing has appeared in publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Undiscovered Italy and Edible Philly. In addition, Mike has spent nearly 20 years working with one of the world’s leading interactive omnichannel retailers, developing industry-recognized expertise in digital commerce and online customer experience.
Editor at Large @ Meininger’s Wine Business International
In 1983, after living in Burgundy for five years, Robert Joseph returned to London and launched Wine International magazine and set up the International Wine Challenge, became wine writer for the Sunday Telegraph, and wrote his first book: The Wine Lists.
Other books he has written include:
The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Wine,
The Art of the Wine Label
The Wines of the Americas
the K.I.S.S. Guide to Wine,
Robert Joseph Good Wine Guide, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
The White Wines of France
Bordeaux and its Wines the Wine Travel Guide to the World.
He is now editorial consultant of Meininger’s Wine Business International, which he helped to launch in 2006. His next book, ‘The Future of Wine Has Changed ‘ will be published in 2018. In 1984, he launched the International Wine Challenge in London and built its participation to over 10,000 wines, making it the largest wine competition in the world. He subsequently also launched International Wine Challenge competitions in Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, Singapore, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Hanoi and Warsaw. Robert Joseph is Chairman of the Wine Institute of Asia and has chaired other wine competitions in places including Sydney, Adelaide, South Africa and Chile. Today, he is on the board of the Mundus Vini competition in Germany. He was winner of the inaugural Jacob’s Creek ‘Golden Vine’, at the World Food Media Awards, for “increasing the appreciation of wine throughout the world”. Other awards include ‘the Best Wine Guide in the World’ (in the 2002 Cointreau Gourmand Book Awards for the Robert Joseph Good Wine Guide), the Glenfiddich Award (twice), The Wine Guild of the United Kingdom Premier Award and the Marques de Caceres. He is a Chevalier de Tastevin; and a member of the Commanderie du Bontemps du Médoc et des Graves in Bordeaux. Robert Joseph regularly appears on television and radio in the UK and overseas, including recent BBC programmes Chateau Chunder and This World. He was keynote speaker at the first Viognier and Shiraz Symposiums in Australia and at the Australian Wine Industry 2000 Global Marketing Conference, gave the Nederburg Auction speech in 2015, and the 2016 Sauvignon Symposium in Blenheim, New Zealand. His most recent presentations have been to the Australian Wine Industry Marketing Conference and the annual Wine Communicators of Australia Gala Dinner – both in 2016. He has addressed industry meetings in places ranging from France, South Africa and California to China, Russia and Georgia. He is also a regular invited lecturer at the Wines & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET) Business & Commercial Knowledge course. Commercially, Joseph is also one of the trio behind Hugh Kevin & Robert Wines whose award-winning Le Grand Noir and Greener Planet wines now sell over 2.5m bottles per year in 40 countries. His client list as a speaker/consultant includes: Accolade, Origin Wines, Wines of Australia, McGuigan Wines, Berry Bros & Rudd, Champagne de Castelnau, Chateau Brane Cantenac, Wines of Georgia, ViniPortugal, Wines of Moldova and Wines of Brazil. Robert Joseph has been in the prestigious UK Who’s Who since 2013. His blog is The Joseph Report.
Director Assortment & Purchasing @ Systembolaget AB
Sara Norell is the Director of Assortment & Purchasing at Systembolaget the Swedish state-owned retail monopoly, one of the world’s largest wine buyers. Previously she worked with import to the Nordics. Her career started in the hotel- and restaurant trade where she worked as both sommelier and with Food & Beverage Management.
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