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Daria Kholodilina WIA Ambassador Georgia Daria Kholodilina is a Georgia-based wine tourism specialist, and a big friend and promoter of Georgian wine – with a WSET 2 certificate. Being born in Ukraine, Daria moved to Georgia in 2013 because she fell in love with the country. She participated in developing…

 Chris Howells    WIA Ambassador    UK Chris Howells has dedicated a large part of his adult life to the humble grape. As an avid wine collector, multiple wine judge, Certified WSET 3 with distinction and occasional writer-columnist for a number of drink & hospitality magazines, he is making wine his life’s work,…

World’s Best Wineries  Marcello Colletti DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .In the realm of fine dining and luxury experiences, few roles carry as much prestige and responsibility as that of a head sommelier. Marcello Colletti, the esteemed head sommelier at Nobu, one of London’s most exclusive establishments, embodies the charm, passion, and…

 Ivan Vellucci  WIA Ambassador    Italy Ivan Vellucci is 53 years old, he writes for an online wine magazine. He is an engineer and a manager before being a sommelier. He works as marketing director in a high-profile automotive company in Italy in the luxury segment. He is a wine fan and…

Veronica Accossato WIA Ambassador France & Italy Veronica Accossato is a 26 years-old sommelier and wine enthusiast from Piedmont, Italy. She graduated in linguistic mediation before starting the AIS (Italian Sommeliers Association), where she obtained the 2nd level. At that time Veronica was working at the Michelin starred restaurant Combal.Zero…

World’s Best Wineries  Arunkumar Tamilselvan DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .aHailing from India, Arunkumar Tamilselvan’s journey into the world of wine is a testament to passion, dedication, and a thirst for knowledge. Raised in a culture that abstained from alcohol, Arunkumar’s introduction to the intricacies of wine came after completing a Bachelor…

Elisa Nardi WIA Ambassador Italy Elisa Nardi is a sommelier and daughter of the wine producer Tenute Silvio Nardi Montalcino. She is an expert in wine marketing and a brand ambassador. Her passion for wine began a few years ago when she visited il Carapace in Montefalco (Umbria). . Elisa…

World’s Best Wineries  Benjamin Lewis DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Benjamin Lewis is a dedicated wine professional with a remarkable journey in the industry. His achievements include independently completing the prestigious WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits (DipWSET), along with several other WSET qualifications such as Level 1, 2, and…

Francisca Marzá WIA Ambassador Chile   Francisca Marzá discovered her vocation for wine in 2014. Graduated in Business Administration of the Wine Industry and a post degree in Chilean Wine at the Catholic University of Chile and additional studies as a sommelier at the Wine Institute. Content creator, communicator, and wine taster for…

Mary John WIA Ambassador Australia Mary John, the face behind @perthwinegirl, is a wine enthusiast from Perth, Australia, who loves sharing simple, fun and inclusive forms of wine communication outside the box. She is a Latin American Aussie with local and international experience traveling to many wine regions and writing…

World’s Best Wineries  Sunny Fraser WIA Expert Judge   .Meet Sunny Fraser, the dynamic and enthusiastic founder behind the digital brand @sunnyonscene. Sunny has carved out a niche for herself as an influential figure and consultant in the wine industry by partnering with wineries and wine regions around the globe. Through her…

Isis Daniel  WIA Ambassador USA  Isis Daniel, known as The Millennial Somm (TMS), is a certified Level 3, with Merit, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) sommelier from Washington, DC. While dedicating 5 years to the Hospitality Industry, she fell in love with wine and decided to refocus her career.. During her vino journey,…

World’s Best Wineries  Eric Zwiebel Master Sommelier    WIA Master Judge   .Eric Zwiebel, MS, is a celebrated figure in the world of wine, currently holding the esteemed position of Wine Director at The Samling Hotel in Windermere, nestled in the serene and picturesque Lake District. Hailing from Alsace, Eric’s passion for wine…

Emma Brajkovic WIA Ambassador Spain Emma Brajkovic’s first introduction to the world of wine, was when she was a child, through the eyes of her parents, who owned and managed a restaurant in Paris specialized in Wines and Champagnes. She was regularly attending wine auctions at l’Hôtel Drouot while her…

Karla & André Baader WIA Ambassadors Brazil Karla and André Baader are a couple of professional chefs and wine enthusiasts from Brazil. They started their journey into the world of wine and food, when they left their countries, Brazil and Guatemala, their full-time jobs, friends and family to become chefs…

Alessandro Ingrosso WIA Ambassador Italy Alessandro Ingrosso is a sommelier and a wine lover from Italy. He does not like to define himself as being related to a certain sphere, because basically he compares hismself with wine, which is constantly evolving! Alessandro has been trained in the hospitality sphere, and…

World’s Best Wineries  Robert Crutchfield DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Robert Crutchfield’s journey from a professional musician and music educator to becoming an Italian Wine Specialist in the Signature Division of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits is a testament to his diverse talents and insatiable thirst for knowledge. His transition into the…

World’s Best Wineries  Nelly Ward DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Nelly Ward’s life journey is a testament to the power of passion and the courage to follow one’s true calling. Born in Belarus, a country more renowned for its spirits than its wine culture, Nelly’s initial foray into the world of beverages…

Mariana Gil Juncal WIA Ambassador Argentina Mariana Gil Juncal is a Spaniard born in Argentina who lives in Buenos Aires, the daughter of a Galician father and a Buenos Aires mother. She is a specialist in social communication, journalist, and Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers.…

World’s Best Wineries  Natalia Pezzone DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Born in Argentina, Natalia’s journey into the wine world began in 2015. She has been driven by an appreciation for wine, which eventually has seen her relocating across five different countries, immersing herself in diverse wine cultures. This unique blend of experiences…

 Benoît Lefèvre    WIA Ambassador    Canada  Creator of the wine tourism blog vino2travel.com and the Instagram account @vino2travel, Benoît Lefèvre shares wine tourism stories, winegrowers’ portraits as well as his favorite wine discoveries with his audience. . Benoît is passionate about wine, travel, gastronomy and photography and loves to share his passions with as…

 Marisol de la Fuente    WIA Ambassador    Argentina Marisol de la Fuente is an International Sommelier of the EAS graduated from the Argentine School of Sommeliers and Bartender at the International Center for Cocktail bar. She communicates about the world of wine and drinks with the aim of bringing it closer to…

World’s Best Wineries  Nicolas Fouilleroux DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Nicolas Fouilleroux’s journey is a testament to the harmonious blend of two seemingly disparate worlds: music and wine. Starting with a background in music, Fouilleroux’s deep appreciation for artistic expression and nuanced experiences laid a strong foundation for his exploration of the…

World’s Best Wineries  Ettore Donadeo DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Ettore Donadeo’s journey in the world of wine is a testament to passion, dedication, and a deep cultural connection. Originally from Italy, Ettore Ettore Donadeo’s journey into the heart of Japan’s wine culture began in 2008, driven by an interest in Japanese…

World’s Best Wineries  Giuseppe D’Aniello DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Among the esteemed ranks of sommeliers worldwide, Giuseppe D’Aniello stands out as a shining example of dedication, expertise, and passion in the art of wine. Recently crowned as ‘The Best Sommelier, UK 2023’ by the UK Sommelier Association, Giuseppe’s journey to this…

 Anastasia Palferova WIA Ambassador Russia Anastasia is a 34-year-old Russian wine lover, sommelier and blogger living in Moscow. Before she got the wine bug 5 years ago, Anastasia was successfully making her career in strategic consulting and banking. At that time, she travelled a lot to Italy, Spain, Germany and other European wine…

World’s Best Wineries  Devon Lochhead DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Devon Lochhead’s story began at the age of 19 when he started working as a wine advisor for a fine dining restaurant in South Africa. This early exposure ignited his enthusiasm for wine and set him on a path of discovery and…

World’s Best Wineries  Olivier Gasselin DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .A connoisseur and a perpetual learner, Olivier’s path to becoming a sommelier was paved with diverse experiences and a thirst for knowledge. Originally coming from the scenic Loire Valley in France, Olivier’s passion for wines was kindled early on, marked by a…

World’s Best Wineries  Nasos Tsitlikas WSET Level 3    WIA Sommelier Judge   .Nasos Tsitlikas’s journey in the wine industry is a testament to passion, dedication, and continuous growth. At just 25 years old, Nasos has already made significant strides in the world of wine, starting his career five years ago with a…

Karen Kraakevik WIA Ambassador   USA Karen, AKA The Napa Cowgirl, is a 5th generation rancher from Oklahoma bringing a mix of wine and country together that offers a relaxed western vibe into wine. She truly believes wine should be enjoyable for any lifestyle.. Karen is a wine representative helping wineries in the United…

 Fabiana Aguinsky    WIA Ambassador    Brazil Fabiana Aguinsky is a wife and mother of two daughters, born in Uruguay, but residing in Brazil since 2002. She currently lives in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul and is one of the most experienced wine professionals in the country. In addition to working with…

Kirsty Woodgate WIA Ambassador UK Kirsty Woodgate DipWSET is a wine expert and communications professional from England, UK. She works as a Wine Writer, Wine Judge and Content Creator, and regularly hosts interactive wine tastings in her home county. . Wine ties together her passions, skills, qualifications and abilities. Her…

World’s Best Wineries  Chris Kirkham DipWSET    WIA Master Judge    .Christopher Kirkham’s journey in the wine world began two decades ago in the Canadian wine scene. He started as a Sommelier, swiftly ascending to become a Wine Director at some of Vancouver’s top restaurants. His discerning palate and deep knowledge of wines…

Bubbles Hyland WIA Ambassador South Africa Bubbles Hyland was destined for the wine industry with the nickname she was given from birth! British born but now living in Cape Town for the past 17 years she has become an avid ambassador of South African wine. She formed Well Red Wine…

Stefan Sulzer WIA Ambassador Germany Stefan Sulzer is a 45-year-old wine enthusiast from Münster, Germany. Being a school teacher by profession, he also finds time to develop his understanding and competence in the wine sector. More than 20 years ago he started tasting wines with a friend who worked in…

Madalena Vidigal WIA Ambassador  Portugal   Madalena Vidigal has a degree in Hotel Management and a postgraduate degree in Wine Tourism, Digital Marketing and Viticulture. She is a wine producer in Alentejo, the south of Portugal. She has two great passions that are present in everything she does: wine and travel!. For 10…

World’s Best Wineries  Nicolò S. Pudel DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Nicolò’s journey in the wine world is marked by his relentless pursuit of knowledge and expertise. As an avid collector and passionate wine enthusiast, he continually explores unique and remote wine destinations worldwide. His commitment to wine education culminated in his…

Iker Berasaluce WIA Ambassador Austria Iker Berasaluce is a 32 year old wine writer, judge, educator and content creator from Spain, living in Vienna, Austria. Holding a PhD in Chemistry, he decided to turn his passion into his job. His first advance in the professional wine sphere was at the Federal Research Center…

Nello Gatti WIA Ambassador Italy Nello Gatti is a multilingual wine professional with an in-depth knowledge of the hospitality and marketing sectors. Even if he doesn’t come from a family of wine enthusiasts, along his path he developed an unparalleled level of communication awareness thanks to his proven history at…

World’s Best Wineries Mihaela Cojocaru DipWSET WIA Master Judge .In the dynamic and multifaceted world of wine, Mihaela Cojocaru stands out as a trailblazer, blending her deep passion for wines with a wealth of expertise and innovative approaches. With a rich background spanning over 15 years in various roles within the…

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

Olga Sofia Schiaffino  WIA Ambassador   Italy  Olga was elected the Best Sommelier of Liguria and received the WSET level 3. Her story with wine started in 2011 when she enrolled in a course to become a sommelier, because she wanted to understand what was in her glass: she is curious and always…

World’s Best Wineries  Irem Parildar  WSET Level 3    WIA Sommelier Judge  .Irem Parildar’s journey into the world of wines began as a hobby but has since turned into a deep-rooted passion that defines her career and aspirations. Currently pursuing the prestigious WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine at the International Wine…

World’s Best Wineries  Elena Barattini DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Elena Barattini’s journey from Italy to London in 2011 marked a pivotal moment in her life, a quest for a deeper connection to her passion for wine. Starting in retail, Elena immersed herself in the diverse world of wines, building a strong…

Cornelia Becker (Corni) WIA Ambassador Austria  Cornelia Becker (also called Corni for short) is a wine blogger, passionate about Austrian wineries and wines. She was born in 1978 and lives in Lower Austria with her family. As many other experts, she is convinced that Austrian wines have excellent quality and can definitely compete…

 Micaela Lopez  WIA Ambassador  Argentina & Uruguay Micaela Lopez is 29 years old, she was born in Argentina and lives in Uruguay. She is the country manager in Uruguay for an Argentina company that produces, markets and imports prestigious wineries from around the world.   Micaela is currently studying for a career as a sommelier. In…

World’s Best Wineries  Simone Roveda DipWSET    WIA Master Judge    .In the world of wine, there are individuals whose passion and dedication not only elevate their own experiences but also enrich the entire industry. Simone Roveda stands out as one such trailblazer, a visionary who has seamlessly merged his love for wine…

World’s Best Wineries  Cristina Mercuri DipWSET    WIA Master Judge   .Cristina is a part of an elite group of individuals globally who have achieved the prestigious WSET Diploma and continues her wine journey as she works to become one of the world’s 400 Masters of Wine making a lasting difference in the…