Director, Wines of Chile | Chile
Angelica Valenzuela has been the commercial director of Wines of Chile since 2016 and has been involved in the dramatic growth in global sales of Chilean wines. WoC's goal is to strengthen the image and premium and sustainable positioning of WoC. It wants to consolidate its position as the number one producer of sustainable and diverse premium New World wines, promoting and positioning the appellations of origin and contributing to the development of the sector as a whole.
Founder, WineHo | Italy
Cristina Mascanzoni Kaiser is the Founder of WineHo, an Italian Academy providing high level education focus on wine hospitality. Cristina published and presented her vision of wine hospitality and relevance of this activity in the future market in summits. She is as well the owner and founder of ClubAppeal, a consultancy firm to which WineHo belongs, that provides top wineries, hotel and companies practical indications on how to leverage on one of the most relevant Italian assets: Tourism.
Co-owner, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte | France
Florence Cathiard is the co-owner of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte vineyard and also president of the Conseil Superieur de l’Oenotourisme (the wine tourism board). She bought Château Smith Haut Lafitte to build an innovative new location for wine tourism. The estate offers a number of themed visits with wine tastings ranging from the renowned vintages to new, young wines, which satisfy every budget. Nominated for the Wine Travel Awards in the Must Visit, Progressive Approach, Objet d’Art categories.
President, Portuguese Wine Tourism Association | Portugal
In 2021, her book 'Sustainable and Innovative Wine Tourism - Success Models from Around the World' won the OIV Best Book award in the Wine Economy category. In 2011 she launched the first Postgraduate Degree in Wine Tourism Marketing in Portugal, at Universidade Lusófona. In 2009, she launched her website www.mariajoaodealmeida.com, and VinhoTV (the first television channel dedicated to wine on the web). She is one of the founders and President of the APENO - Associação Portuguesa de Enoturismo - Portuguese Wine Tourism Association (2020); and Delegate of Portugal at GWTO - Global Wine Tourism Organization.
Co-owner, Jordan Wine Estate | South Africa
Kathy and her husband Gary jointly spearheaded the growth and development of the family-run, Jordan Wine Estate, regularly rated as one of the Top 10 wineries in South Africa. Kathy is committed to elevating the profile of woman in the wine business through her Women in Wine Initiative, started in 2013 with the help of Jancis Robinson. The initiative welcomes candidates from both home and abroad.
SVP, Anora | Finland
Kirsi Puntila is SVP, Marketing at Anora （former Altia) since 2016, member of Altia’s Executive Management Team since 2016, joined Altia in 2014. Altia was named “Sustainability Trailblazer” in the first sustainability-focused event for the travel retail industry thanks to its Koskenkorva Climate Action initiative and commitment towards more sustainable production practices in 2021. Altia’s Koskenkorva distillery is a pioneer of the circular and bioeconomy, and was recognized as the Green Company of the Year award in 2018.
CMO, E. & J. Gallo Winery | US
As a family-owned company, E. & J. Gallo Winery believes in the importance of preserving and enhancing the land for future generations to enjoy. Adhering to sustainable practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially equitable, allows the winery to educate and inspire others to conserve and preserve. E. & J. Gallo Winery is committed to our employees and the communities where its people live and work.
Owner, Penglai LongTing Vineyard | China
Song Yan established Longting Winery, which is planted and brewed with all biodynamic methods, setting a new benchmark for the harmonious development of the winery. Longting Winery retains a large area of virgin forest land. Since its launch in 2019, Longting Wine has won numerous awards at home and abroad, such as the Decanter World Wine Competition, the International Wine Challenge (IWC), the International Leading Wine/Spirit Quality Competition, and the Berlin Wine Competition (BWT). It has been well received by experts and various consumers.
Executive Director, NAPA GREEN | US
Napa Green is the leading sustainable winegrowing program providing comprehensive, systematic soil to bottle certification for Napa County growers and vintners. In 2021, Napa Green was the first sustainable winegrowing program globally to completely redevelop the Vineyard certification standards to focus on climate action, regenerative carbon farming, and social equity. Anna has helped lead the growth of the Napa Green program since 2015 and stepped into the position of Executive Director of the now independent non-profit in fall 2019.
Chief of Corporate Affairs and Innovation , VSPT Wine Group | Chile
VSPT Wine Group is one of the top 20 producers of wine in the world. As the chief of corporate affairs and innovation Wolff has spearheaded sweeping organizational change, including a shift to 100% renewable energy across its entire portfolio. Her efforts recently were recognized at the 2021 Green Awards, an industry event organized by the Drinks Business, as she was named “The Green Personality of the Year.”