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 ‘International Wine & Spirits Competition’ of the UK - and holds the following wine and educational qualifications:
Sommelier-Conseil of the Université du Vin, Suze-la-Rousse
• United States
Introduction to Winemaking of the University of California, Davis
Certificate in Distance Education of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
• United Kingdom
Diploma in Wine & Spirits, of the Wine and Spirits Trust, London,(currently completing the WSET’s Honours Diploma.
Awarded the prestigious ‘Weinakademiker’ title by the Austrian Weinakademie.
World Wine Master of the Contemporary Flemish Wine Institute
Sommelier-Conseil of the Flemish Wine Academy
• South Africa
Certificate in Wines of the Cape Wine Academy
Bachelor of Law (B.Iur) UP
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.