Derek is the founder and Principal of the European Wine Academy (www.europeanwineacademy.org). He has wide experience in the wine industry, with a family wine farm background. His first professional experience was as a wine exporter, and subsequently as an importer. He owned and managed a boutique retail wine outlet in Europe and teaches and writes on wine subjects. He is a judge for the “Concours Mondiale du Vin Bruxelles” as well as the IWSC, and holds a vast array of wine and educational qualifications including Diploma in Wine & Spirits, Certificate in Wines of the Cape Wine Academy, and he was awarded the prestigious ‘Weinakademiker’ title by the Austrian Weinakademie. He is currently completing the WSET’s Honours Diploma.
He is a former lawyer, and his other wine experience consists of an interest in a family wine farm, operating 2 Wine Restaurants, giving wine-related talks on radio, and setting up and operating a Wine Club.