Our Juges

Alessandra Piubello Italie

Journalist, writer and expert wine taster is the editor-in-chief of several magazines (including Queen International and Prince) as well as the author of several books and articles on wine and food tourism both in Italy and abroad. She is the co-editor of the Veronelli Guida Oro I Vini wine guide (the only italian woman with this responsible role – all the other guides have men in the top position – the first to hold this role in the guide’s thirty years of activity, as it was the first wine guide published in Italy) and author for L’Espresso’s Ristoranti d’Italia guide.

Alexandre Truffer Suisse

Chief Editor (french version) of VINUM Chief Editor RomanDuVin.ch (blog) Journalist for wine magazines in Switzerland. Autor of various wine books.

Ana Radkova Petkova Bulgarie

Wine expert at METRO Cash & Carry

Andre Ribeirinho Portugal

Food, Wine & Travel Entrepreneur, Pocket Wine Book Collaborator, Chief Wine Evangelist at Adegga and WineSpots, Based in Lisbon, Portugal, Port Wine Ambassador.

Andrea Alonso Castaño Espagne

Sommelier, Winner of “La Nariz de Oro 2010”,Responsible of the Wine Concept and Wine Buyer of Makro Spain and Portugal.

Andrea Gabbrielli Italie

Journalist and writer for Il corriere Vinicolo, “Tre Bicchieri”, “Spirito di Vino”, ecc.

Ania Smolec Pologne

Journalist; publishing in Polish wine and lifestyle reviews: Czas Win, Gentleman, Polska Gotuje , and Chilean Vitis Magazine; wine blogger: www.flirtzwinem.blogspot.com

Ans Van Der Weijden RV Pays-Bas

Consultant to Dutch on-trade; consultant to wine producers targetting Dutch market. Co-author of Guide to Dutch Wines.

Antoine Perey Suisse

Inspecteur au Contrôle Suisse du Commerce des Vins

Antonina Maria Fernandes Barbosa Portugal

Winemaker, Production, Quality and Food Safety Manager at João Portugal Ramos Group (Falua and JPortugal Ramos vinhos verdes)

António Braga Portugal

Winemaker at Sogrape

António Sousa Portugal

Enologist at Vinho Verde

Antonio Tomás Palacios García Espagne

Enólogo, Laboratorios EXCELL IBÉRICA S.L. Logroño, La Rioja, Dotor en Biologia

Arcadie Fosnea République de Moldavie


Benigno Garrido Marcos Espagne

Food and Wine – Century Foundation for Tourism and the Arts of Castilla y León

Benoît Roumet France

Director of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins du Centre – BIVC

Bernard Crebassa France

Consultant Œnologist

Bruno Antunes Portugal

Best Sommelier of Portugal wine man – Wine shop

Bruno Gabersek Slovénie

Bachelor of science in food technology, Graduation in wine technology on University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty. Member of Berliner Wine trophy in last 7 years, Riesling du Mond (Strasbourg) and Vinoforum in Central Europe. Regular contributor in wine & food issues in Slovenian magazines

Carlos Magalhães Portugal

Oenologist and teacher at the Sommelier School of Porto

Catalin Paduraru Roumanie

Phd Viticulture, Wine Journalist, Producer TV Wine Show, Wine Ambassador ADAR (Romania Authorized Wine Tasters Association), Eques OEVE

Cees Van Casteren MW Pays-Bas

Wine consultant, writer and freelance journalist, twice winner of the Dutch wine tasting championships ‘Prix Pommery’, Ambassadeur du Champagne and Master of Wine. Chairman of Association of Vinologists in The Netherlands. Author of 10 books. Columnist in daily newspaper.

Chienhao Chen Taiwan

Technicien en Oenologie, Winemaker, Journalist: Gourmet World, Joker Wine Lover, Decanter (Chinese version/Taiwan) – Wine and Spirits Educator. Professor at National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism. Professor at HK University of Hospitaliy and Tourism.

Chris Alblas Pays-Bas

Wine education at the Dutch Wineacademy, member of the editorial committee of the Dutch Wineacademy,Owner of the webshop www.biowijn.info, writing for www.wijnjournaal.nl, international wine- and spirit judge

Christian De Winter Belgique

Director at Marche Italiane

Christoph Merchiers Belgique

Rouseu Wine Importer Belgium

Christophe Andrieu France

Chief Editor of Contact Pro , des cavistes & restaurateurs

Claude Francois Luxembourg

Directeur délégué de prima.lu, chroniqueur de vins, reporter-journaliste

Claudia Marinelli Italie

Wine Blogger Journalist for Slow Wine Guide and Ristoranti d’Italia Guide Espresso – Agency of wine comunication, DarWine&Food www.claudiamarinelli.it Best FISAR Sommelier 1993

Cosmin Popescu Roumanie

General Director of MURFATLAR ROMANIA

Cristina Alcala Espagne

Easy to Drink

Damien Lassance Luxembourg

Expert vins Président Club Vin sur Vin Cactus Luxembourg

Daniel Ercsey Hongrie

Editor in Chief at WineSofa, editor at BORIGO Magazine, wine journalist&writer

David Brookes Australie

Freelance wine journalist/presenter contributing to Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, Wine Companion and various international publications
Wine Marketing Labs

Dirk Rodriguez Belgique

Journalist: Associate Editor of Vino! Magazine, Benelux

Dominique Rizzi Luxembourg

Maître Sommelier en Vins et Spiritueux de France, Sommelier Meilleur du Grand Duché de Luxembourg en 1992, Maître Sommelier et Responsable du restaurant gastronomique De Jangeli. Adjointe key account manager restauration à la cour de justice

Dusan Brejc Slovénie

Director of Vinska druzba Slovenije d.o.o. (Wine Association of Slovenia)

Edo Heyns Afrique du sud

Wineland Magazine columnist Die Burger Newspaper columnist Strategic Development Manager – Advini South Africa

Eduardo Brethauer Chili

Journalist: Editor at Vitis Magazine

Emanuele Pellucci Italie

Wine journalist, contributor for the magazines Civiltà del bere – Largo Consumo – Vins & Vignobles (Canada) – Wine Review (South Korea). Taster in the main international wine competitions. Fijev membre and Well-deserving of Tuscan viticulture.

Eric Champagne France

Buyer at Carrefour France

Erik Klein Slovaquie

Wine export consultant Italian wine ambassador Sommelier AIS

France Massy Suisse

Journalist at “Nouvelliste”

Francis Lerminiaux Belgique

Director of TipWine SARL

François Schenk Suisse

Producer in Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and Argentina

Franjo Francem Croatie

President of the Croatian Oenologist Association and Vice president Croatian somelier Club.Wein educator,international Wine judge

Frederic Fleuri France

Agence Fleurie

Georgios Floudas Zygouras Grèce

Best Sommelier Greece, Imports & Product Support Manager,Trinity Wines Ltd owner & 2 Food & Leisure (fnl) guide wine editor (www.fnl-guide.com) -Enologist, AIWS, Candidate Master Sommelier

Giovanni Paternò Italie

Journalist for www.italiaatavola.net

Giuliana Camus France

Journalist: Chief Redactor at Union Girondine des Vins de Bordeaux

Gurvinder Bhatia Canada

Quench Magazine wine editor; Global TV wine columnist; Vinitaly International Academy Certified Italian Wine Expert; Wine & food consultant; Vinomania Consulting president

Gvozden Radenkovic Serbie

President of Wine Producers Union of Serbia

Harald Beck Autriche

Buyer REWE International AG

Hector Paul Van Boxstael Belgique

Wine Trader: De Wijnbeurs

Helmut Knall Autriche

Editor at Wine-Times and Wine-Guide-Austria, www.wine-times.com Journalist, Winewriter and Consultant.

Henry Boyer France

Enologist: Manager at Laboratoire Oenoconseil

Ico Salvatore Turra Italie

Commissioner for various Wine competion. Consultant Œnologie and International Accademy of Sensory Analysis

Ingeborg Straetmans Belgique

Owner at Wines & Stories
Regional Manager Europe at Vinex Wine Exchange

Ivana Simjanovska Macédoine

Co-author and publisher of the first Macedonian Wine Guide 2011&2015,Divinalux Winery Brand Manager, Consultant at www.macedoniaexperience.com, Editor-in-chief of www.vino.mk

Jacques Orhon Canada

Journalist, Author of several books by Editions de l’Homme, Columnist at Vins & Vignobles, Exquis, Traces, Terre de Vins (France)

Jaime Quendera Portugal

Winemaker Coop Pegoes , casa Ermelinda Freitas , Adega das Mouras de Arraiolos , Fundação Stanley Ho, Quinta da LAPA and several others

Jaroslav Macik Slovaquie

Master Oenologist & Viticulture Supervisor. Professional Sommelier. Wine academicer. Marketing & PR in wine business.

Jaroslava Kanuchová Pátková Slovaquie

Grape and Wine Producers Union of Slovakia

Jaume Gramona Espagne

Oenology teacher at Rovira i Virgili de Tarragone University

Javier Pascual Espagne

Owner and Director of: – Editions La Prensa del Rioja (magazine and books specialized in Rioja wine), – Press Office J. Pascual Comunicación – Author of several books on wine – Member of the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers – More info: www.laprensadelrioja.com

Javier Rueda Mallén Espagne

Anuario de Vinos El País.

Jesús Bernad Espagne

Journalist, Oenologist, work with many publications, writing articles about Wine, Spirits and Cigars. Online magazine: Planeta Hedonista. Member of the tasting panel of Sobremesa magazine. Wrote 3 guides of Spirits : Whisky, Vodka and Gin.

João Paulo Martins Portugal

Journalist – Revista Vinho – Grandes Escolhas

John Isacs Etats-Unis

Wine columnist for Shanghai Daily Newspaper, China People’s Publications Z Mag, Money Journal China and other publications; also China wine communications and business development consultant for Chinese airlines, corporations, regional authorities as well as international wine regions

Jonas De Maere Belgique

Wine buyer at Ahold-Delhaize. Further active in wine trade, wine education, and public affairs. WSET Diploma holder and Weinakademiker.

José Augusto Moreira Portugal

Journalist in dayly newpaper Público, since 27 years.
Writes about wine and gastronomy in the weekly suplment Fugas.

José Luis Murcia Espagne

Freelance,contributor to El Mundo, La Semana Vitivinicola, El Correo del Vino, Gourmets, Distribución y Consumo, President of AEPEV

Josef Balik République Tchèque

Leader of courses for the National oenology centre and the Wine academy in Czech Republic

Juli Nakata Japon

Sommelier (JSA) Based in Centre Loire France, consultant wine export for Japanese market work with winegrowers and wine organisations

Julia Kostadinova Bulgarie

Editor-in-chief of DiVino.bg, wine taster with many years of experience, member of a number of international tasting commissions

Kirk Bauer Allemagne

IHK officially appointed and sworn expert

Liam Campbell Irlande

Wine Editor, online magazine www.TheTaste.ie Gourmand Award for “Best Digital Food magazine in the World” with over 15 million worldwide readers; 1.7 million Irish readers, 726,000 registered members; 107,300 Twitter followers, 90,200 Facebook fans, 86,600 Instagram followers); Diploma WSET, WSET approved Educator & Invigilator; Member, Irish Guild of Sommeliers

Liliane Turmes Luxembourg

Journalist: Tageblatt,Business Review. Directrice du web magazine VINALU www.vinalu.lu

Louise Hurren Royaume-Uni

A marketing communications and media relations (PR) consultant whose specialist area is wine. Based in Languedoc (France), I work with winegrowers and wine organisations, helping them promote themselves to English-speaking markets.

Luigi Salvo Italie

Wine journalist, official taster of Associazione Italiana Sommelier, director of “giornalevinocibo.com”, contributor for the magazines “wine reality”, “tigulliovino”, “wine & spirits”, presents TV programs on wine.

Manuel Vieira Portugal

Winemaker consultant for Caminhos Cruzados, Barao de Vilar, Quintas de Cottas Wine consultant for 4UWines.com

Marc Barros Portugal

Journalist Revista de Vinhos

Marek Bienczyk Pologne

Journalist: Magazyn Wino, Revsita Przekr´j, Gazeta Wyborcza, Polish Wine Guide, Forbes

Margarita Levieva Bulgarie

Chief editor of “Lozarztvo & Vinarstvo” and BGWine National Vine and Wine Chamber

Maria João De Almeida Portugal

Degree in Communication, Editor of ‘Escanção’ (the Sommelier Magazine in Portugal) and Director of own projects www.mariajoaodealmeida.com, www.vinho.tv and writer for national and international magazines.international magazines. Most seen wine site and wine channel in Portugal

Maria-Luisa Martin Tejera Espagne

General Manager of Sumiller-Formación

Mariusz Kapczyński Pologne

Editor in Chief of Vinisfera.pl, contributor to Magazyn Wino

Martin Pucek République Tchèque

Executive director; Czech Grape and Wine Producers Association

Mary Carlos J. Arturaola Etats-Unis

Communicator about wine in all ways imaginable, from sommelier, corporate wine director to teacher, mentor, contestant judge, blogger, actor, and president of his own wine consulting and appraising firm, based in Miami Beach, Florida.

Maurizio Valeriani Italie

Journalist and author, as a food and wine expert, on magazines like: www.vinodabere.it (director) www.repubblica.it/sapori,www.epulae.it,www.lucianopignataro.it. • Teacher

Maxime Lebrun Belgique

Wine buyer for Carrefour

Meritxell Falgueras Febrer Espagne

free lance journalist fo the Radio, television, and specialized press

Michel Blanc France

Director at Châteauneuf-du-Pape Winemakers Association, Grapes producer in Luberon and Ventoux. Manager of sarl VINADEA. President of Châteauneuf du Pape oenology (laboratory

Mihail Druta République de Moldavie

President of Sommelier Association of Republic of Moldova Member of European Sommelier Association.

Nikolaos Giannopoulos Grèce

Best Sommelier of Greece

Nuno Filipe Graça Jorge Portugal

Sommelier – Cacao di Vine

Olaf Leenders Belgique

Sommelier, blog editor www.vinama.be

Pascale Guillier Belgique

Wine Trader: Les Vins Brunin Guillier -La cave Saint jacques Tournai, La cave Touquettoise le Touquet Paris Plage

Pavel Krska République Tchèque

Managing director of the National Wine Centre, jury member of AWC Vienna, Vinoforum Czech republic and Slovakia

Pedro Ballesteros Torres Espagne

Master in viticulture and oenology by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Master of Wine.

Pierre Thomas Suisse

Pierre Thomas is a Swiss journalist, specialized in wine, for 25 years.

Pierre-Yves Bournerias France

Enologist: Institut Oenologique de Champagne – Journalist: Radio France Bleu Champagne, Groupe Radio France

Rebecca Leung Hong-Kong

Ms Rebecca Leung is an independent wine educator, wine journalist & consultant based in Hong Kong, a certified Educator & Internal Assessor accredited by WSET (UK), a holder of the WSET Diploma

Roberto Zironi Italie

Oenology Professor, Università di Udine

Romain Batya Luxembourg

Journalist: Web-Magazine VINALU on website www.vinalu.lu TAGEBLATT, Editpress, Business Review, journal mensuel DeLux

Salvador Manjon Estela Espagne

Director – La Semana Vitivinicola

Sant Margos Turquie

Sommelier AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier), Wine Consultant, Wine Educator

Sérgio Antunes Portugal

Sommelier: LOCO Restaurante – “1er Sommelier Best wines”

Sergiu Nedelea Roumanie

Sommelier, Wine Journalist, Wine Trainer, Eques de Vino O.E.V.E.

Sharon Nagel Royaume-Uni

Freelance journalist and translator

Stefaan Van Den Abeele Belgique

Sommelier Conseil de l’Université of Suze-la-Rousse, Wine and Dine Consultant, Educator of Bordeaux Wine School and Patended Supplier of the Court of Belgium

Stephane Liégeois Belgique

Agence de courtage en vins, S.P.R.L. International Wines Brokers

Stéphane Toutoundji France

Consultant Œnologist

Steven Fang Taiwan

Vice President of Chateau Wine & Spirits Taiwan Wine and Spirits Journalist
Educator and Consultant Judge of the international Wine competition

Subhash Arora Inde

Wine Educator and promoter: President,Indian Wine Academy,Delhi Wine Club – Journalist: Editor-delWine. Meininger’s Wine Business International (Indian correspondent) – Author: “Italian Wine Guide”International (Indian correspondent) – Author: “Italian Wine Guide”,Awarded Cavaliere del Cultura by Italian President in 2009, OIV Medal of Merit Winner, judged in 65 int’l wine competitions

Sylvie Reboul France

Agronomist and Oenologist. Communication manager at Syndicat des vignerons des Côtes du Rhône. Journalist and author.

Taner Ogutoglu Turquie

Director “Young Turks”

Thomas Brandl Allemagne

Wine journalist, Communication Manager,owner of xenos-comm PR Agency and Ambassador CMB for Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe

Thomas Vaterlaus Suisse

Chief Editor of VINUM Switzerland – Co-owner of mettler vaterlaus communication

Tibor Nyitray République Tchèque

President of Czech Grapes and Wine Producers Association Director of Sonberk Winery www.sonberk.cz

Tibor Vittek Slovaquie

Editor of Vinko.sk

Tito Cieri Italie

Executive at Regione Abruzzo

Tomislav Ivanovic Serbie

Editor-in-chief of webportal www.vinopedia.rs , wine-writer,lecturer, member of sommmelier association of Vojvodina VOSOM (Serbia), co-organizer of Wine Identity conference (Belgrade), local partner of Wine Mosaic organization in Serbia

Toshio Matsuura Japon

Representative WANDS Publishing Ltd (Japon) Wines & Spirits La revue japonaise des vins et spiritueux

Valentin Ceafalau Roumanie

Wine journalist, Member of ADAR (Romanian Authorized Wine Tasters Association, Member of FIJEV

Velichka Galabova Bulgarie

CEO Bulgarian Wine Academy Ltd., CEO Aurika Ltd., Wine consultant, Divino wine magazine taster and wine writer

Vincenzo Scivetti Italie

ONAV Puglia Ambassador, PR & Marketing consultant, teacher

Vladimir Mrva Slovaquie


W. Blake Gray Etats-Unis

Freelance Wine Writer, SF Chronicle and Wine Spectator

Walter Richard Eberenz Allemagne

Editor: Badische Bauern Zeitung, Der Badische Winzer; Author: Rebe & Wein, La Vigne

Wonkuk Seol Corée du Sud

Wine&Spirits Columnist
Wine Profesional Judge
Wine Importer
Wine Educator

Xavier Leclerc France

Wine buyer at Auchan France

Yves Paquier Suisse

Journalist – Wine Educator – Former FIJEV member- Chevalier du Mérite Agricole Français – Co-founder of the AEFO