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.
TOP Chinese Wine Influencer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 experience.
Editor-in-chief @ Meininger’s Wine Business International
Felicity Carter is editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, the world’s only global, English language wine business magazine. Published in Germany, it has subscribers in more than 40 countries. A wine judge, Felicity has judged in Portugal, Germany, Bordeaux, Brussels and Georgia, and in 2015 formed part of the ‘empowerment of women in wine’ panel for Wines of Argentina. Felicity is a regular speaker at international wine events from ProWein to WineVision. Before taking her current position, she wrote for major Australian publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald. Prior to her journalism career, she was a senior copywriter in blue chip advertising agencies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wine Writer and Italian Wine Podcast Host
Monty Waldin writes the entries on Biodynamics for Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW’s Oxford Companion to Wine; chairs VinItaly International’s ‘Wine Without Walls’ bio wine blind tasting competition, and hosts the Italian Wine Podcast. He has worked in conventional, natural, organic and Biodynamic vineyards and wineries in both hemispheres.
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
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 directorin 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 the class: Leadership and Innovation Management, and also teacher at the management schools CUOA and LUISS. He has worked for important national and multinational companies in the field of innovation, creativity, training and human resources, among which we mention: Henkel, BNL, Hilti, Lavazza, Merloni, Ferrari-Maserati, RAI – Radio Televisione Italiana, Technogym, Geox, Pirelli, Thermo Fisher. He worked from 2005 to 2012 as president and managing director in “Trentino Sviluppo” (Trentino Development Agency, www.agenziasviluppo.com).
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.
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.
China Marketing Director @ Zackys
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.
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.
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.
Senator 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.
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.
President @ Bevology Inc
Steve Raye is author of the new book “How to Get U.S. Market Ready”. 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
Co-Founder @ Winepeople
Philosopher and human resources expert. Co-founder of Wine People. For over twenty years he has been actively involved in recruitment and training of managerial profiles, with a specific focus on the wine industry. He is the CEO of Competenze in Rete, a Vicenza-based consulting firm founded by a network of multidisciplinary professionals, and inspires the HR team involved in selection, assessment and evaluation projects. Writing is his favourite communication tool, whether it be a story, a novel, or a business manual.
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.
Journalist and Author
Robert Camuto is an American journalist living in Italy and author of Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey (2010). He has been travelling regularly to the vineyards of Mount Etna for the last decade, and has chronicled the Mountain’s development into one of Italy’s hottest wine scenes. A contributing editor for the Wine Spectator, Camuto writes about winemakers, wine regions and travel in the magazine and in Letter from Europe blog at winespectator.com.
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.
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.
Leiter Projects, Market Relations & Digital Communications, Commercial Vehicles @ Daimler AG
Thomas is primarily a specialist in PR, digital communications and business development. He studied Communications and Economics at the University of Mainz and started his business career as a TV journalist for n-tv, the first news television channel in Germany. Later he moved into the automotive industry and joined the PR department of a premium car manufacturer in Stuttgart, Germany. After various positions in the passenger car division, he took over responsibility for events, trade shows and digital communication within global truck, bus and van communications. Thomas has also been intensively involved in the wine business for more than two decades. He sees the great advantage of bringing his expertise in strategy, change management and digital communication together with his knowledge in wine. He concluded his WSET Diploma in 2010 and is now also a member of the WSET International Alumni Advisory Board. He is also a stage 3 student of the Master of Wine Program and is writing his final research paper at the moment. He works as a consultant, teacher and lecturer. He judges in wine competitions, runs wine seminars and masterclasses for professionals and enthusiasts and writes articles spreading his passion for wine. When not travelling or developing new ideas and concepts in business, Thomas loves to run in the vineyards around his town or work in his garden.
Italian Wine Ambassador & Wine Journalist
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, VinePair and Palate Press. 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.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini
President @ Associazione Nazionale Le Donne del Vino
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 founded the “Wine Tourism Movement”. The same year she invented ‘Cantine Aperte’, the day that in a few years brought success to wine tourism in Italy. Donatella also promoted the first courses for specialist in wine tourism, and now teaches the techniques for changing wineries into a tourist destination in postgraduate master courses regarding tourism and farming management. In 1998 her parents gave her Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda with its beautiful country inn, and Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino (Tuscany) where she has created two wineries and a production of high-quality wines. These wineries are the first in Italy with a female staff. Now they produce 170.000 bottles per year and export their wines in 34 foreign countries. From 2001 to 2011 Donatella Cinelli Colombini she was the Tourism Councillor at the Siena Town Hall. Among her achievements is “Trekking urbano” a new kind of tourism sport, which was exported from Siena to the rest of Italy. In 2003 she won the Oscar for Best Italian wine producer, prize awarded by the Italian Association of Sommelier, AIS Rome-Bibenda, In 2003 she has published the Manuale del turismo del vino followed in 2007 by Marketing del turismo del vino. 2012 she received the International Vinitaly Prize. Since 2013 she is President of The Consorzio del Vino Orcia. In 2014 Donatella was nominated Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana and in 2015 she received the Premio Minerva. Last but not least since January 2016 she is President of the Associazione Nazionale Donne del Vino.
Editor in Chief @ Winemeridian
Fabio Piccoli is a wine journalist and an agricultural expert, specialized in wine marketing. He is the editor in chief of Wine Meridian, a web magazine which promotes Italian wines in the world. He is an internationalization expert, responsible for the promotion of Italian wines on international markets. Fabio is a published author writing about wine, wine marketing and communication in the food and beverage sector. Fabio is a well-known organizer of food and wine events in the U.S., Canada, the EU, Russia, China and Northern Europe. He received numerous awards for his editorial production.
Co-Founder @ Winepeople
Philosopher, counsellor and journalist. Co-founder of Wine People. Corporate identity and communication expert, over the last decade she has developed a broad experience in the wine industry, working as a consultant for many private companies and public institutions. Managing editor of Wine Meridian, the web magazine that supports Italian wineries across international markets. She teaches in numerous training courses on marketing and communication and is responsible for the training division of Wine People.
Full Professor in Agricultural Chemistry @ Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Ettore Capri, PhD is full Professor in Agricultural Chemistry st -ie at the largest private university in Europe, the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milano – Italy). Since 2009 he is director and founder of the think-tank OPERA – the European Observatory on Sustainable Development in Agriculture – with a main focus on education, training, dissemination, communication of the research output to stakeholders and politicians. For Prof. Capri, wine and wine-growing sustainability are a challenge and an opportunity for all the stakeholders. The value of societal impact, the economic and food security implications and the impact on the environment produced by the wine life cycle create today a conceptual framework including individual interest as well the planet, f.i. the principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With more than 250 scientific publication he devoting himself program on wine sustainability and today is the scientific coordinator of the programme VIVA, realised by the Italian Ministry of Environment, which is the public certification system on wine sustainability in Italy.
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.
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.
Nicole Sierra Rolet
Founder and Chair @ Fine Minds 4 Fine Wines
After an intense career in International Politics, Finance and Think Tanks, Nicole embarked on the adventure of a lifetime: together with husband Xavier and family, she undertook the restoration of an abandoned Medieval priory in Provence and its derelict but magnificent wild vineyard — a real diamond in the rough, thanks to its outstanding location and pristine environment. After managing the renovation of the priory over a decade to turn it into an eco-luxury retreat and home for think-tanks and off-sites, she got badly bitten by the family wine bug, went back for wine studies at the WSET in the UK, then UC Davis in the US. There she developed a deep-seated conviction of the site’s phenomenal potential to produce Grand Cru-quality wine, and a single-minded dedication to uncovering it, discovering her inner entrepreneur, dedicated to constructive disruption and innovation in a traditional field. With the help of her family, she spent over a decade nursing the vineyard back to health.They built the winery from scratch, crafting the first cuvées in 2006 and aiming to transform this medieval Sleeping Beauty into a cutting-edge critically-acclaimed world-class winery, launching the eco-couture wine label Chene Bleu in 2010. Now distributed in 17 countries, the wines have garnered a number of the most coveted prizes, praise from top critics, numerous gold medals and the trophy for best label design in the world. Frequently referred to by the press as a “rising star” credited as the first Super Rhônes, in reference to the qualitative yet unconventional approach. Nicole became deeply committed to pushing the boundaries of sustainability in the broadest sense of the term, from vineyard practices to human resource management, and to finding ways of reconciling business success, social responsibility, and ethical and sustainable practices. She was knighted Chevalier de Tastevin in Burgundy in 2014 and the equivalent in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 2015 and the International Brotherhood of the Vine in 2016. Believing in collaboration rather than competition, she is convinced winemakers and leading lights in the wine trade should collaborate more to educate the public about responsible wine knowledge and best practices.In 2017, she founded Fine Minds 4 Fine Wines, a global think tank dedicated to exploring and shaping the Future of Fine Wine. Passionate about the Grenache grape, considered by many as the unsung hero of the wine world, in 2010 she co-created and hosted the first International Grenache Symposium, a summit that brought 270 wine luminaries from 23 countries together at the winery. She also co-founded the not-for-profit International Grenache Association, launched International Grenache Day, now celebrated in 32 countries, conducting Masterclasses around the world, and adding Grenachista to the Urban dictionary. In 2008, along with Clive Barlow MW, then Chairman of Education at the Institute of Masters of Wine, Nicole also set up the “Extreme Wine Experience”, recognised by critics and the press as the world’s most intensive and effective wine course for enthusiasts
Managing Director @ Vinitaly International
Stevie Kim was born in Korea and raised in the United States. Today, she lives in Verona, with her husband and two daughters. At first she attended the New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business, earning a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). After settling in Italy, she obtained an MBA at Bocconi University, School of Economics and Management. Later, in 2008, she achieved a postgraduate specialization in Wealth Management at the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School. As Managing Director of Vinitaly International, Stevie has launched and now coordinates a series of new initiatives connected to the Vinitaly brand, among them OperaWine, Vinitaly International Academy, Vinitaly Wine Club, VINO (the Italian Wine Pavilion at Expo2015 in Milan), H-ack Wine, Vinitaly International Buyer Connect, Vinitaly International Importer Connect, HireMeVinitaly, wine2wine, Vinitaly & The City, 5 Star Wines and Wine Without Walls (the last two being two new international wine guides). As the head of Vinitaly’s strategic arm abroad, Stevie is always seeking innovative ways to communicate and celebrate “Italian wine” abroad – with a strong creative emphasis on social media and digital communication. In 2017, Stevie produced two other innovative multimedia projects: Italian Wine Podcast, the first podcast in English dedicated exclusively to Italian wine and its personalities; and Italian Wine Unplugged Grape by Grape, a new reference book unpacking the hundreds of Italian native grapes in a visually compelling layout featuring photograph, infographics, and mind maps. Stevie’s work is devoted to creating an integrated communication plan for Italian wine as well as educational platforms. She regularly travels around the world to spread the gospel of Italian wine, with particular attention to USA, Russia, and China.
Founder @ GrandePassione
Self-described as “a Gourmand and a Storyteller,” J.C. is genuinely passionate about the human stories behind each label. Based in Hong Kong for 25 years, he has experienced the fascinating growth the region has sustained, first as an Entrepreneur in the Export sector and now as an Expert in Wine Communications. Until recently Managing Editor of the wine magazine Spirito diVino Asia, he now focuses his professional activities on wine education and on creating Events and Public Relation campaigns for Italian wines in Hong Kong and China. J.C. recently received the honour of Cavaliere della Stella d’Italia for the work he has done on behalf of Italian wines in Hong Kong in the last ten years.
Owner @ La Source
Celi Stefano, agricultural expert and expert in the wine sector, is responsible for the production, administrative and commercial areas of the La Source sas agricultural company, established in 2003. In 2013 he was elected President of the VIVAL Aosta Valley’s Viticulturists Association, which is responsible for supporting, promoting, protecting and safeguarding the Valle d’Aosta viticulture, studying and proposing technical, organizational or financial actions aimed at improving the viticulture in terms of quality, quantity and economy. and develop the agri-food production market together with the local tourism sector. A few years later he joined the National Council of the Wine Tourism Movement (MTV) and from 2017 he is a member of the Cervim board of directors.
Alberto Aiello Graci
Owner @ Graci
Alberto Aiello Graci is a Catania native who arrived in Passopisciaro on Mount Etna’s north face in 2005. With a significant investment in restoring an important old “palmento,” buying and cultivating old high-altitude vineyards, and planting new ones, Graci has become a leading producer of Etna’s quality renaissance. As a board member of the Etna DOC consortium, he is deeply involved with the DOC’s policies and its future. Not content to stay on one side of Etna, Graci has bought vineyards on the little planted west side of the mountain, and in 2017 created a joint venture with Angelo Gaja to produce wines on Etna’s Southwestern face at Biancavilla.
Communications Strategist @ Folio Wine Partners
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 Rebecca joined national importer Negociants Australia as Marketing Assistant, and in 1996 was the inaugural Student Winner of the “Vin de Champagne Award” – given by the Champagne region’s governing body. In 1999 Rebecca relocated to Coonawarra, joining boutique producer Rymill Winery as Marketing, Sales & Export Manager before joining Australia’s largest producer, BRL Hardy (now Accolade Wines) in 2001. She held the role of Public Relations Manager from 2001 managing all brand, environmental, operational and corporate publicity activities before the acquisition of the Company by Constellation Brands in 2005. Following this, Hopkins was promoted to Group Public Relations Manager to manage the Company’s global public relations, media operations, hospitality and events including leading the company’s communications and PR and events requirements across corporate, brand, and business media in Australia, and key strategy development with the US and UK markets. In 2007, Rebecca was relocated to San Francisco with Constellation Brands to develop and lead the largest in-house brand communications and event marketing team in the US wine business, creating strategic PR programming for trade and consumer media, and consumer and trade marketing events. Overseeing the US wine portfolio, she led brand publicity programming and event marketing for the portfolio, leveraging strategic relationships across wine, culinary, luxury and lifestyle media. In 2012 she returned to family winemaking, joining national importer Folio Fine Wine Partners – a full-service sales, marketing and communications agency owned by the Michael Mondavi Family. A panelist at Vinitaly’s 2015 Business Series in Verona, Rebecca is a freelance contributor to Wine Business Magazine (Australia), avid photographer, and lives in San Francisco, California. She is now Communications Strategist at Folio Fine Wine Partners & Founder of “A Balanced Glass”.
President @ Cervim
Roberto Gaudio, graduated in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Turin with a thesis in enology on malolactic fermentation, is freelance professional agronomist Doctor since 1985. He is designer and director of works in the agricultural sector, territorial protection, environmental enhancement, estimative evaluations, territorial planning and environmental impact studies. In 2011 he has been nominated by the Aosta Valley Autonomous Region as President of Cervim and reconfirmed for two mandates. After having held the role of consultant, he had been the coordinator of all activities of Cervim, from 2000 to 2005. He coordinated the organization of International Congresses on Mountain Viticulture and in Steep Slope, held in 2012 in Lyon (France), in 2017 in Conegliano (Italy) and in 2018 in Tenerife (Spain). He is responsible of the “Mondial des Vins Extrêmes” International Wine Competition (“International Competition of Mountain Wines” until 2015). In 2011, he made the registration, at community level, of the collective label “Cervim -Heroic Viticulture” that allows to identify and characterize with a single term the viticultures of interest of Cervim.
CEO @ Allegrini Estates
Marilisa Allegrini was born in Verona and graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation from the University of Verona. In 1980 she made the definitive move of joining the Company as Sales and Communication Manager. Her natural and instinctive passion for wine, her determination and tireless efforts in markets around the world steadily contributed to building the reputation of the Company. But Marilisa’s interest was not directed exclusively to the Valpolicella: her willingness to take on new challenges led her to a fascinating adventure in Tuscany where, in 2001, with her brother Walter, she founded Poggio al Tesoro in Bolgheri. Marilisa’s passion for excellence in wine was expressed again in 2007 with the acquisition of San Polo, a wonderful location in Montalcino, symbol of Italian oenology for over a hundred years. In 2008, Marilisa fulfilled the lifelong dream of her father Giovanni by acquiring Villa Della Torre, a Renaissance complex of astounding beauty designed by the great master architect Giulio Romano, surrounded by one of the most important and historic vineyards in the Valpolicella Classica area. Marilisa Allegrini is president of ISWA and holds several institutional positions: she is on the board of directors of Sace, on the governing board of the Brunello di Montalcino Wine Consortium, and a member of the Donne del Vino, of the Famiglie Storiche and of the international association Women of the Vine & Spirits. In 2018 she was also appointed to the governing board of the Fondazione Arena di Verona. Under her leadership, the Allegrini group has also initiated close collaborations with Intrapresae Guggenheim and Fondazione Altagamma.
Executive Director @ Fine Minds 4 Fine Wines
Born and raised into a winemaking family in Burgundy, Pauline 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 own corporate wine events and education company in Lille, France. She moved to London in 2015 to spearhead the Wine Library of the unique and acclaimed Clerkenwell London, a multi-space design destination, before developing the concept of Fine Minds 4 Fine Wines.
Pauline now directs all Fine Minds 4 Fine Wines’ activities both in Europe and internationally.
Pauline is also a Master of Wine student and a wine judge, an international Ultimate Frisbee player and the mother of a lovely daughter.
Account Manager-IWINE @ Apra / Vargroup Company
His professional life began and developed entirely in the wine sector. After his studies, his first job was at a cooperative winery where he held the position of IT Manager and Head of Management Control. He held this position for several years. After gaining experience as a management consultant, still within the scope of the agri-food industry, he decided to turn his attention to the commercial world. Since 2000 he has been a part of APRA/VARGROUP. His responsibilities include commercial development of the national wine market, this role has him oversee the numerous APRA/VARGROUP business clients. Today, due to his commitment to his career path, he now has a dense network of industry contacts and partners at his disposal who come from every region in Italy. In his free time, he dedicates himself to his family, his three children and cycling.
Speaker, Writer, Author, Wine Expert
Anthony Giglio is one of the most entertaining wine and spirits authorities on the planet. He is a writer, educator and raconteur who motivates countless imbibers to trust their own tastes and relax the rules. Giglio’s witty, unpretentious style can be discerned in the columns he has written for publications that include Food & Wine and Details. Anthony is the Global Wine Director for The Centurion Lounge, a network of premium airport lounges by American Express. Giglio has written 11 books, including the annual Food & Wine Wine Guide, the enormously popular Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide, Cocktails in New York, and Passport to Italian Wine. Throughout his career, Anthony has attracted countless admirers who appreciate his sense of humor as much as they do his insight and his perspective, which is that wine is best regarded as a pleasure, not a problem. His memorable knack for storytelling, coupled with his uproarious sense of humor, makes him one of the most sought-after speakers in the wine world and beyond. Anthony is currently a wine reporter for CBS News Radio, as well as the longtime “Online Sommelier” for the Food & Wine Connoisseur Club. He has written for numerous publications, including New York, Esquire, Details, The New York Observer, Robb Report, Worth, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Travel + Leisure, Departures and Parade. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Food Network, CNBC, and FOX Business News, and has been featured several times in The New York Times. Giglio has been invited twice to speak at The Moth, a Peabody Award-winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.
President @ IVSA – Import Vintners & Spirits Association
Brian Berry has a great understanding of the different sales channels in Western Canada through several diverse management roles spanning 20+ years in the industry. With experience in the importation and distribution of beverage alcohol on a regional and nation levels, private retail management, F&B management and judging wine competitions he draws from his extensive first-hand experience in the industry. Brian is the current president of the board of Directors for the Import Vintners & Spirits Association BC and Alberta (IVSA), the largest representative body of beverage alcohol importers in Canada. When not involved in the day to day operations of his business, Brian spends his time playing music, gardening or cooking.
Wine Export Consultant
I have been in the wine world for more than 10 years. My wine adventure started back in 2007 when I had a good fortune of meeting Neil Empson – founder of Neil Empson Selections – a legendary exporter of top Italian wines in the USA, Canada, Australia and other countries. I became responsible for opening eastern and central European markets. Since then I have created my own portfolio of a few producers whom I help to develop mostly central European markets such as Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland. I am also a sommelier with AIS and taster with ONAV. As a taster and judge, I participate in international competitions such as Concourse Mondial de Bruxelles, Mondial des Vins Extreme, Selezione di Sindaco, Tirnavia and others. I also represent Slovak magazine Vinoteka as Italian correspondent. Since 2017 I am proud to have become Italian wine ambassador with Vinitaly International. Bachelor of Business Arts from Pace University New York 1999. International MBA from Bocconi University Milan 2001.
Riccardo Ricci Curbastro
President @ Equalitas
Since 1978 Riccardo Ricci Curbastro works in the family winery (Azienda Agricola Gualberto Ricci Curbastro & sons) in Capriolo, near Brescia, in the Franciacorta area. He is also responsible of the Azienda Agricola Rontana, on the hills of Brisighella, in the province of Ravenna. From May 1998 he is the President of FEDERDOC, the national Federation of Consortiums protecting origin wines. He has worked both as a member and in leading roles in various Italian and European wine trade associations. Abroad, for exaple, he has served as the President of EFOW, the European Federation of Origin Wines from 2010 to 2016. He is the president of Equalitas since 2015. In 2009 he was nominated by the Italian President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano, Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2013 he also received the title of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. He is also an amateur ornithologist and a naturalist photographer and he has collaborated on various fieldwork research projects with the WWF. His photographs also appeared in various national periodicals.
Researcher @ Crea-VE
Diego Tomasi is currently covering the Research position by CREA-VE “Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology” in Conegliano (TV – Italy). Since his enrolment, his research has focused on the relationship between the vine and its environment. He led, in different Italian wine areas, several zoning studies and many projects related to the optimization of viticulture techniques and viticulture areas, along these studies his attention has been focused on the conservation and valorisation of local varieties and their landscape. He is the author and co-author of more than 190 scientific publications in national and international journals, including some books with zoning and varietal topics. In 2010, 2014, 2017 and 2018, he organized and was president respectively of: “VIIIth International Terroir meeting”; “Ist international Symposium on grapevine roots” and “Vth and VIth International Congress on Mountain and steep slope Viticulture”. He organized these last two congresses respectively in Conegliano in 2017 and in Tenerife (ES) in 2018. Since 2015, he is the President of Cervim Scientific Committee. He is member of Tergeo and Equalitas Scientific Committee. According to 13/03/2015 decree, he has been appointed CREA-VE Director. He performed his duties as director until June 2017. He attended many stages abroad, among which the most significant were a seven month one at “Department of Viticulture and Enology” at Devis (California) in 1996 and a stage at South Oregon University (November 2009-February 2010).
President @ Compass Point Imports
Gary Clayton has over 25 years of marketing & commercial leadership experience in the U.S. wine & spirits business. He has led the development and growth of top spirit and wine brands in such venerable companies as Banfi Vintners, Pasternak Wine Imports, Allied Domecq, Pernod Ricard, and Remy. He has extensive knowledge of the Italian wine market.
As the Vice-President of Marketing at Banfi Vintners, he was instrumental in designing and executing go-to-market strategies and plans for such Italian brands as Castello Banfi, Cecchi, Sartori, and Riunite. In his senior role as the VP of Marketing for Pasternak Wine Imports, along with his French, Chilean, Argentinian, and New Zealand portfolio of wines, he managed the marketing & sales of Barbi, Marchesi Fumanelli, Dievole, and Valdo. In 2017, Gary launched CompassPoint Imports with a focus on wine and spirit brands that overdeliver on quality/value.
He has in-depth knowledge and experience in all aspects of the U.S. drinks business having worked throughout the U.S. in all markets, working closely with distributors, national accounts, independent retailers, and on-premise accounts.
President @ Hill City Imports
Howard Bernstein is an American wine and spirits industry senior executive with extensive experience managing sales for distributors, importers and suppliers. He is president of Hill City Imports, specializing in Italian Wines. He also works closely with Steve Raye at Bevology, Inc. consulting on market entry strategies for wine and spirit brands. Howard has developed the strategy for sales in NY and NJ for Musella, Aiola, Castello di Uviglie and has just picked up responsibility for Le Rughe Prosecco.
He has extensive experience managing import wine distribution and sales in the focus markets for this seminar and will be providing very practical insider knowledge on how they work.
Prior to his current position, Howard helped create and manage the on-premise division of Southern Wine and Spirits/Miami, and Palace Brands (Heublein/Diageo) where he managed National Accounts and was the National Director of On-premise sales.
Director @ Thinking Seahorses
Su Birch has a distinguished track record in marketing and advertising, and held the position of CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) from 2000 until the end of 2013 when she resigned to start her own marketing co-operative, Thinking Seahorses. Su has received international and local recognition for her work in wine including:
2005 Lanson Woman in Wine Trophy, IWSC, London
2006 Cape Masters of Wine “Wine Personality of the Year”. 2009 Drinks Business Woman of the Year 2012 Wine Intelligence top 10 influential wine personalities 2013 Drinks Business Green Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award.
2013 Drinks Business Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Wine
Su ran and wrote the content for Tastetrip, a tourism website, for four years and is the programme director of the annual Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference in Cape Town. She is a guest lecturer on Wine Tourism at the University of Cape Town.
Su holds degrees in English and Sociology and an MBA. Most recently she has qualified and started a practice as a life and business coach.
Technical Director @ Zahil Importadora
Bernardo Pinto DipWSET was the first professional in Latin America to obtain WSET’s “Diploma in Wines and Spirits”. Bernardo is also a “Formador Homologado” by the Consejo Regulador de Jerez de la Frontera” and a Vinitaly International Academy “Italian Wine Ambassador”. Since 2012, Bernardo has been studying as a candidate at the “Institute of Masters of Wine”. Through seminars, visits, hands-on internships at wineries and tastings throughout the world, Bernardo acquired growing knowledge and an extensive network from multiple countries in the wine and spirits businesses. Technical Director of Zahil Importadora, he has been managing the importer’s portfolio since 2007, acquiring deep knowledge about the Brazilian market, its professionals, products and distribution channels.
Trade Commissioner @ ICE Canada
Matteo Picariello is the Italian Trade Commissioner to Canada and heads Italian Trade Agency (ITA) offices of Toronto and Montreal. Prior to leading the ITA in Canada, he servedto the United States;Australia and New Zealand; and as Italian Trade Commissioner to South Korea. Matteo Picariello started in Marketing and Communicationsbefore his string of international appointments as ITA Directorabroad. An avid sailor, wine loverand outdoor enthusiast, Picariello currently resides in Toronto and is married with two children.
International Development Advisor @ WSET
I manage the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s course providers across southern and eastern Europe, where I also spread the word about our qualifications to new audiences. Needing to learn a lot very quickly in my first job at a London wine shop, I became a big fan of WSET’s approach to education and joined the Trust soon after. I’ve spent four years at WSET during which time I have passed the Diploma and become a Certified Educator. I get really excited about sherry and sparkling and I am also a Sherry Educator.
President @ AGIVI
Federico Terenzi was born in Milan on September 7th 1978. After completing his studies, he attained an MBA in Wine Business. With his father, Florio, and brother Balbino, the family began to transform their country estate in Maremma.. They first planted vineyards and statically invested in the business of wine. Federico was involved in this project from its infancy , and has helped to grow Terenzi, as one of the premier Maremma and Tuscan wine producing Estates. As its CEO and Commercial Director, the Estate has grown to 150 hectares, with 60 hectares planted to. Federico also serves as President of AGIVI (Association of Young Italian Winemakers) since 2016.He is also a member of the board of UIV (Italian Association of Wine Industry).
President @ Panebianco Wines Import
Nunzio Castaldo has been a driving force for the growth of Italian wines in the United States market for over 32 years. Nunzio began his career at Winebow where he joined in 1986 as a sales representative covering Italian restaurants in Manhattan. In 1994, he created Winebow’s first Italian Sales Division,maximizing the sales of the Leonardo LoCascio Selections portfolio in the New York metropolitan market. Mr. Castaldo was promoted to Regional Manager of New Jersey and New York in 1997. In 2002, Mr. Castaldo was promoted to Senior Vice President of Imports at Winebow, in which he oversaw supplier relationships and contract negotiations for import portfolios. In 2014, with the merger of Winebow and The Vintner Group, Mr. Castaldo became Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management of Leonardo LoCascio Selections, one of the three national import business units of the newly formed The Winebow Group. In 2015, Mr. Castaldo was inducted into the Italian Trade Commission’s Wines of Italy Hall of Fame, which honors professionals in the wine industry who have “demonstrated a commitment to advancing the understanding, appreciation and sales of Italian wines in the United States.” In November 2017, Nunzio resigned from The Winebow Group after 31 years with the organization to launch his own project which was finalized with his acquisition of Panebianco Wines Import, a longstanding importer and distributer of fine Italian Wines in the U.S. Market for over 23 years. Mr. Castaldo received his B.S. in Economics and Commerce from the University of Naples, Italy, and lives in New York with his wife and two children.
Head of Growth, Marketing & Sales @ Wenda
Mattia has combined two passions, food and innovation, both in his professional and educational life: he graduated with a degree in the economics and marketing of agriculture, he then obtained a master’s degree in Innovation Management at MIP (Business School of the Politecnico di Milano). During his studies, he started a company with a team of technology experts. It was an entrepreneurial adventure that immediately took shape, together with two investors, he began “Wenda”, an innovative startup active in the traceability of food & beverages throughout the distribution chain. Having achieved the 2nd level of WSET, he prepares for the 3rd in his free time, in order to deepen his knowledge of wine.
Founder @ LT Wine & Food Advisory
Lorenzo Tersi, Founder of LT Wine&Food Advisory, is the promoter of the ‘Made in Italy’ brand all over the world.
He is a wine Marketing and M & A Consultant of leading companies in the world of Italian wine and Start-Up.
He has successfully brought important partnerships and joint venture projects to a close with some of the foremost companies in Italy and abroad.
(Andrea Formilli Fendi Winery, Consorzio Vino Chianti, Tenuta Monteti, Feudi di San Gregorio, Duca di Salaparuta, Santa Margherita, Fattoria Monacesca, Tenuta Santi Giacomo e Filippo, Venturini Baldini).
Sales & Marketing Director @ Ornellaia
Tim has spent his professional life surrounded by luxury and premium lifestyle brands. After a formative year at Art College, a Bachelors degree in European Business with Marketing and French set him on the path to his current position of Sales & Marketing Director at Ornellaia. Summer jobs in France led to his first job in London at a Media Relations agency specialising in French luxury Lifestyle brands. A childhood spent between living overseas and boarding school, passing through the Duty Free shops on the way, formed an international mindset and an interest in Cognac. Seven years as Attaché de Presse for Rémy Martin Cognac were spent learning about brand marketing and the following five years rebuilding a Cognac house purchased by a Russian investor enlightened him to the harsh realities of business at the sharp end. In 2011 he was recruited by Ornellaia as an Area Manager, adding the role of Marketing Manager in 2013. For the past 3 years he has been responsible for all Commercial activities and his mission has been clear ever since – position Ornellaia among the world’s greatest wines.
Host @ Disgorged
Zach Geballe is the host and producer of the VinePair podcast, as well as the sommelier for Dahlia Lounge, the flagship restaurant for Seattle, Washington-based Tom Douglas Restaurants. He also writes about wine for VinePair and SevenFifty Daily, and was previously the drinks columnist for Seattle Weekly. In addition, as the owner of Disgorged Wine, he provides wine events and education to wine lovers throughout the Seattle area.
Trade Commissioner @ Italian Trade Agency Seoul
Born in Sicily in 1961, graduated in Economics and Business, I began my career at the Italian Trade Agency in 1984. In 1992 I’ve moved to Germany as Head of the Food promotion section of the ITA Office in Munich. Back to Italy in 1996 I was deputy director of the ITA Office in Verona and from 2004 director of the ITA Office in Bolzano (South Tyrol). My experience in Asia began in 2008 when I moved to Bangkok as Italian Trade Commissioner in Thailand, until 2014. Now I’m the Italian Trade Commissioner in Seoul. I consider my job as a continuous challenge: new markets, new experiences, new sectors and fields, from food and wine to high technology, e-commerce and digital export.
Director @ Italian Trade Agency Switzerland
Director of ICE in Switzerland since 2014, Simona Bernardini has been responsible for the reopening of the Swiss headquarters based in Bern. Among her previous foreign assignments, the main one was in Germany at the ICE in Düsseldorf. She started her career at the ICE as a young woman, already strong in experience at a major manufacturer and exporter of luxury products. Her experience in the field of marketing and consultancy to companies is remarkable, as she has been able to deepen the diversified projects she has followed in the field of promotion and training, acquiring specific skills in various sectors in both consumer and food goods as well as industrial. Her fondness for a good glass of wine makes her always available for experimentation and food pairings. Mom of a child, she currently lives in Bern.
Innovation Manager @Vargroup S. p. A.
Always interested in innovation, in its current role it researches and promotes innovative solutions and start-ups, within the Var Group R&D BU.
From Virtual Reality to IoT, from Mixed Reality to Industry 4.0, to the theme of Blockchain, an agreement for the traceability of the supply chain and for districts, such as agribusiness and Wine.
President @ Assoenologi
In 1981 he founded Riccardo Cotarella Srl, a wine-growing and wine-making consultancy company of which he is the general manager. The company has 12 collaborators, oenologists and agronomists, he oversees the company’s programs starting from the vineyard project, through to the winemaking, evolution of the wine and bottling. In almost all cases, he assists the companies in the communication and presentation of the wines. In addition to the already mentioned duties, another of his commitments is training young winemakers through internships and refresher courses, winemakers who will then take on the role of operational managers.
In 1979, together with his brother Renzo, he founded the Cotarella Srl Family Company, of which he is President.
He is a wine consultant responsible for the production of numerous companies in Italy and abroad. He is President of the Union Internationale des Œnologues and national President of Assoenologi. Other positions he holds include: Member of the Advisory Board of Wine Management Lab of Bocconi University; Chevalier de l’ordre du Mérite Agricole, Ministry of Agriculture of the French Republic.
President of the Scientific Committee for the preparation of the Italian wine pavilion of Expo 2015.
He is a Lecturer at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo in the Faculty of Agriculture, and teaches a Degree Course in Oenology and Viticulture.
He is also President of the Tasting Commission of the Consortium for the Protection of Orvieto Wine. Riccardo Cotarella is also a Member of the Technical Coordination Committee for the year of Italian food 2018.
Every year, since 2001, he has been conducting seminars in various cities around the world (Atlanta, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo, Singapore) and organized by the Conexport Company with public capital, where he presents his wines and the territories in which they are produced.
Advisor of Financial Communications and Investor Relations
Rafaella Casula is a consultant for Investor Relations and Financial Communication. For over 15 years she has managed and coordinated the IR and financial communication activities of a number of large Italian companies listed on the Milan Stock Exchange and at Euronext Paris & Brussels. Since 2014 Rafaella has been providing strategic advice to companies and financial institutions, including: Parmalat, AXA, EY, Grant Thornton, Arcelor Mittal, Investindustrial, Arca, and Emerisque.
Digital Media Innovation, Advisor & Entrepreneur-Investor
With over 20 years of experience with management roles in multi-national companies and business activities, Massimo is recognized as one of the leading Italian experts in applied technologies, media and communication.
Since the beginning of his career he has been an observer and promoter of the changes introduced by innovative technologies within communication processes of Consumer Brands, helping them to transform digital innovation into concrete opportunities for their business.
In the last 6 years he has been Chief Digital-Programme Officer of the Dentsu Aegis Media group, first holding the position for the Italian market only and then for the entire EMEA Region. Before Dentsu Aegis, Massimo managed two entrepreneurial businesses, opening the first independent digital AdNetwork in Italy and then the first Consumer Data Platform currently still integrated with international platforms such as Google’s DoubleClick Bid Manager. Among his main experiences as manager Massimo managed the start-up of Microsoft’s Italian portal (MSN), was Director of Ericsson Italia’s Consumer Mobile VAS division and later was Digital Marketing Director of RCS Periodici.
Massimo two great passions are his two wonderful daughters and good wine!
President @ Ager
Agronomist and researcher, president of AGER – Agriculture and Research, a company founded in 1993 that deals with the diffusion of innovation. He is an expert in viticulture, responsible for the coordination of numerous experimental projects in the field of genetic improvement in varieties, wine-growing and wine-growing zoning projects, the development of sustainable viticulture projects and precision viticulture. Founder of Enogis srl which deals with the creation of digital and georeferenced platforms for the management of vineyards.
Managing Director America & Asia @ Masi Agricola
A natural interest in wine led Luc Desroches to join ‘Les amities Bachiques’ in 1982, before starting his career in the wine trade proper at Quebec wine merchant ‘Vins Philippe Dandurand’ in 1987. Born in 1959, married and father of two sons, Luc is a graduate in Sports and Leisure Management from Old Montreal College (1981) and has a degree in Marketing Management from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (1999).
In 1991, he was appointed Sales and Marketing Director of Maison Remy & Associés. A company restructure saw him appointed as Vice-President Quebec. Under his management, Maison Remy became the premier wine & spirit agency in Quebec. In 1999, following an international merger, the company became Maison Maxxium and, in addition to his role as VP Quebec, Luc was appointed National Duty Free Manager for Maxxium Canada.
In 2001, Luc Desroches left the Maxxium group to join Masi Agricola as Commercial Director for the Americas. Company growth and expansion of the markets led to his appointment as Sales and Managing Director for the Americas and Asia Pacific region in 2014. He is also a member of the Masi Technical Group, a team of experts in various disciplines ranging from oenology and agronomy to marketing which is responsible for the technical advances and the high quality of Masi wines.
Andrea Di Nicolantonio
Verona & Trentino Alto Adige Area Manager Sace
Andrea is responsible for the SACE office in Verona that covers companies in Verona and Trentino Alto Adige for all SACE SIMEST products. He graduated in Economics and Management and in 2010 he obtained a Masters in Corporate Finance from SDA Bocconi.
After a brief period with the UniCredit sales network, Andrea began his career in export finance at SIMEST, a company that together with SACE constitutes the export and global hub of the CDP Group, focused on supporting the efforts of Italian companies that strive to operate at an international level, by offering low-interest loans as well as interest subsidies to support exports and the direct acquisition of shareholdings.
In SACE since 2011 he has held commercial positions with increasing responsibilities. During his career Andrea has contributed to the development of the SACE domestic network in various geographical areas of coverage in the North East from 2013. From 2015 onward, he took responsibility for the Verona office.
Gioia Morena Gatti
Head of Food and Wine Section @ Italian Trade Agency
Gioia Morena Gatti, after graduating in International Trade in Naples, having completed the CORCE (Specialization Course in Foreign Trade), shebegan working with American Express.
Since 2001 she has been with the ICE Agency, and has taken care of various activities such as: promotion abroad of Agri-food products of Emilia-Romagna (ICE Bologna), Technical Secretariat of the President of ICE, Prof. Beniamino Quintieri, Programme of financial contributions for feasibility studies abroad aimed at companies and universities. Since 2007 she has passionately dedicated herself to the promotion of Italian food products abroad, working in various markets, with trade and press, as well as projects dedicated to specific product categories of excellence related to the Made in Italy brand. In 2012 and 2013, during her time in Rome she obtained two Master’s degrees in Economics of Welfare and PA and in Organization and Operation of PA. Since October 2015, she has been responsible for the Food and Beverage sector at the ICE office in New York, which is responsible for projects promoting food and wine throughout the United States.
Passionate about art and travel, she always keeps a lively curiosity and the Neapolitan culture alive in her relationships.
Senior Product Manager @ Antares Vision
Veronica holds a degree in computer science and has a strong background in automation, software development and resource managing. She is actually Senior Product Manager defining the new generation of Antares Vision products. Before joining Antares Vision, she has covered a project manager role in different industries for more than 5 years.
Marketing & Communications Director @ Antares Vision
Micaela joined Antares Vision in February 2017. She is responsible for marketing communications global guidelines, leading the team in media relation, branding, advertising, digital communication and the next generation challenges in communications development. Graduated in Communication Science and Public Relations, Micaela has developed her expertise in marketing positions within consumer goods industries then specializing in marketing and sales for over 10 years in the steel business for an international company. Thanks to the “thinking out of the box” and an open-minded approach, she developed an unconventional experience crossing both B2B and B2C markets.
Gian Marco Centinaio
Ministro per le Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali
Gian Marco Centinaio, the Company Manager, born in Pavia on October 31, 1971, he graduated from the University of Pavia in 1999 with a degree in Territorial Economics from the department of Political Sciences. His institutional career began in 1993 as President of the City Garden District Committee and then he served as Municipal Councillor to the Municipality of Pavia until 2009.
In the municipal elections of 2009 he was appointed Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Culture and Territorial Marketing for the Municipality of Pavia.
In the general elections of 2013 he was elected Senator for the Northern League and appointed Head of the Group. During the 17th Legislature he held various positions within the following Commissions: Constitutional Affairs, Finance and Treasury, as well as Education.
On March 4, 2018 he was re-elected Senator for the League, and was appointed group leader in the Senate. On June 1, 2018 he was sworn in as Minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies with the Delegation of Tourism in the XVIII Legislature.
Jihyung Andrew Kim
General Manager @ Le Cordon Bleu Sookhyung Academy
President @ Unione Italiana Vini
Ernesto Abbona is the President and CEO of the Cantine dei Marchesi di Barolo S.p.A. and President of the Italian Wine Union. After graduating in economics and commerce in Turin, he began working in the family business at a very young age. Married with two children, he divided his professional life between entrepreneurial activities and a passionate associative commitment.
The “Marchesi di Barolo S.p.A.”, is a historic Piedmontese winery that has continued the work undertaken by the Marchesi Falletti and subsequently continued by the Opera Pia Barolo. It is now one of the leading international companies in the production of noble Piedmontese wine.
The company owns vineyards that have always been considered historic crus of Barolo and boasts a wine shop where several thousand bottles of the “king of wines” has been kept, since 1861. Over the years the cellars of the Marquises of Barolo S.p.A. have grown both in terms of turnover and staff employed, in the vineyards and in the cellar, specializing more and more in agricultural management carried out directly through fully controlled agricultural companies (Ancient Poderi of the Marquises of Barolo and Barolo Green Vineyards, the latter specializing in the organic management of vineyards).
In addition to having increased its presence in the best Ho.Re.Ca. throughout the country, the company exports over 60% of its turnover to 70 countries around the world.
On the associative front, Abbona has held numerous positions at the territorial level – Albanian Traders Association, C.C.I.A.A. of Cuneo, Consortium for the Protection of Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe and Roero, Alba-Barolo Professional Training Agency, Langhe, Roero and Monferrato Wines District,Enoteca Regionale del Barolo – entering the confederation world since 1993 as a member of the Liquors/Distilleries Section of the Provincial Committee of Small Industry to arrive at the vice-presidency of the Presidential Committee of Confindustria Piemonte, then National Vice President of Small Industry Confindustria and Member of the National Council of Confindustria.
He also has a long and active commitment to the Italian Wine Union, he joined the National Council in 1995 to take on the role of Deputy National Vice President in 2016 and he was elected National President in July 2017.
Sales Director @ S.A. Vini Bée
1967 – 1973 Attended Elementary schools in Zurich
1973 – 1976 Attended High Schools in Chiasso (Ticino)
1976 – 1978 Attended Cantonal Gymnasium in Mendrisio (Ticino)
1978 – 1983 High school in Lugano (Ticino)
1983 – 1985 Bocconi University in Milan (interrupted course of study)
June 1985 Taken on by SA Vini Bée – Stabio (sales sector)
1987 – 1990 Attended Federal Marketing Course (evening courses)
May 1990 appointed attorney for SA Vini Bée – Stabio
January 1999 appointed sales director at SA Vini Bée – Stabio
May 2006 joined the committee of ATNVV (Associazione Ticinese del commercio di vino e vinificatori)
May 2007 appointed president of ATNVV
January 2009 Founding member of the “Foundation for the Control of the Wine Trade in Switzerland”)
May 2012 appointed President of the VSW (Vereinigung Schweizer Weinhandel) Association of Wine Trade in Switzerland.
Paolo del Debbio
Journalist, TV Host and Professor
Paolo Del Debbio was born in Lucca in 1958. He has a degree in Philosophy. He is journalist and TV host. He teaches Ethics and Economics at IULM University, Milano. He published “Elogio dello Stato a pendolo. Stato e mercato nel XXI secolo (2009), Libertà (2013), Più etica nel mercato? L’inganno di un luogo comune e le responsabilità della politica (2016)”. At the present time, he hosts Quinta colonna, a talk-show on politics and economics broadcasted on Rete 4.
President @ FEDERVINI
BOSCAINI Dal 1978 è presidente e amministratore delegato di Masi Agricola S.p.A., azienda radicata in Valpolicella dalla fine del XVIII secolo e attiva nella produzione e distribuzione di vini di pregio ancorati ai valori del territorio delle Venezie. Dopo la laurea in Economia e Commercio, entra in azienda nel 1964 concentrandosi sullo sviluppo del marketing e della rete commerciale. Intuisce tra i primi in Italia la rilevanza strategica del marchio anche nell’agroalimentare e sviluppa investimenti per affermare la sua azienda sul mercato internazionale. Dal 1973 avvia una collaborazione con i Conti Serego Alighieri, proprietari della tenuta in Valpolicella che vanta storia e tradizioni antiche. Fautore dell’innovazione e di una ricerca nel solco della tradizione, crea agli inizi degli anni ’80 il Gruppo Tecnico Masi, un team di esperti multidisciplinare. Nel 2007 avvia la partnership con lo storico casato dei Conti Bossi Fedrigotti di Rovereto, simbolo della tradizione enologica trentina. Ha costituito in Argentina Vigneti La Arboleda che produce vini distribuiti con il marchio Masi Tupungato. Nel 2015 Masi si quota in Borsa sul mercato AIM Italia, dedicato alle piccole e medie imprese.
Impegnato anche a livello associativo, è presidente di Federvini (Federazione Italiana Industriali Produttori, Esportatori e Importatori di Vini, Acquaviti, Liquori, Sciroppi, Aceti e affini) e fa parte della Giunta e del Collegio dei probiviri di Confindustria Verona. Da anni è attivo nel seguire gli aspetti politici e promozionali del vino italiano di qualità: è socio fondatore e vicepresidente dell’Istituto dei Vini Italiani di Qualità Grandi Marchi e, al livello locale, dell’Associazione Famiglie Storiche.
Si è occupato del progetto che ha dato vita a Vinitaly. E’ vicepresidente della Fondazione Masi, costituita nel 2001 dall’esperienza del Premio Masi, nato nel 1981, affiancandolo con una serie di iniziative in ambito culturale.
E’ stato componente del Consiglio di Amministrazione dell’Università di Verona. Ha ricevuto numerosi riconoscimenti a livello nazionale e internazionale, tra i quali il Cangrande d’Argento, il Grand Award della Society of Wine Educators, l’Imprenditore dell’Anno 2004 da Wine Enthusiast, il Domus Mercatorum dalla Camera di Commercio di Verona, il Premio alla Carriera tedesco “Meininger Award”.
Nel 2016 gli è conferita l’onorificenza di Cavaliere del Lavoro della Repubblica Italiana.
President @ FIVI
Born in 1962, since 1984 Matilde is vigneron in Cavaion Veronese, Veneto, where Bardolino doc is produced. In 2010, she became member of the Board of Advisors of FIVI, Federazione Italiana Vignaioli Indipendenti and was appointed Vice-President of the organization. In July 2013, she became the President of FIVI. Since April 2015, Matilde is Vice President of CEVI, Confederazione Europea Vignaioli Indipendenti.