The VinCE Budapest event is sold out. Tickets are not available neither online, nor in the venue.

6 March, 13.30, Masterclass room – Chablis masterclass with Domaine Laroche
Gwenael Laroche, France
Gwénaël-LarocheThe history of Domaine Laroche starts in 1850 and is closely related to the development of Chablis and its vineyard. A leader in the region and pushing the industry forward in many respects, Laroche had become highly respected for their quality and ingenuity in the field. In 2001 they were the first in France to use screw caps, a monumental and epic feat for the traditionalist country, resulting in considerably fewer corked wines. Laroche style is the perfect match of modernity and tradition, simplicity and elegance. „What I like in this job is communicate the Laroche values all over the world, to communicate my passion, and I’ve done it over 25 years now with the same pleasure” – said the owner of Domaine Laroche, Gwenael Laroche. www.larochewines.com

6 March, 15.30, Masterclassroom – Discover California Wines
Claudia Schug, Germany

Clauda-Schug-Schuetz-1For Claudia, the wine business is an international family affair. Claudia’s parents grew up on wine estates in Germany and immigrated to California in 1961. A bilingual German-American, Claudia has enjoyed the best of the “new” and the “old” worlds. She was born and raised in California and grew up in the Napa Valley. After earning a degree in Economics at Stanford University, she worked in the fields of marketing, PR, and export sales. Twenty years ago Claudia established a California wine import and distribution business in Germany. Since 2012 her main focus has been to promote and educate the German trade and consumers about California wines in her role as California Wine Institute’s Education Ambassador. She is also the European representative for her family’s California winery, Schug Carneros Estate. A wine judge for Mundus Vini and IWSC, she is a member of the German Sommelier Association as well as the Club der Weinakademiker (as a WSET Honors Diploma holder from the Weinakademie Österreich). She is currently working towards the Master of Wine qualification.

6 March, 15.30, Workshoproom – Premium Estates of Austria
Andreas WickoffAndreas Wickhoff, Austria
Andreas Wickhoff is the managing director of Premium Estates of Austria, a group of the country’s leading wineries. As the coordinator of this fine selection of growers, he partially assists in the production process but mostly travels around the world to promote the group’s wines and spirits. Before establishing the association in 2004, he worked as a sommelier and wine buyer in Corsica, France and Vail, CO, USA. Andreas is a graduate of the College of Tourism and Hotel Management in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria, and completed a degree in Food & Hospitality Management at Martin College in Brisbane, AUS. He has 15 years experience in the world of fine and rare wine, and he gained his Master of Wine qualification in 2012. www.andreaswickhoff.com

Márkus-György6 March, 17.30, Workshop room – ’Sparkling Oscars’
György Márkus, Hungary
His name sounds more familiar to Champagne producers then to Hungarian wine lovers, as the doors of all Champagne houses are open to him. He is a lecturer of Central European Wine Institute, and his quarterly publication on Burgundy and Champagne is very popular among Hungarian wine experts. He has been speakers many times at VinCE Budapest, and in 2015 he speaks about ’Sparkling Oscars’as one of the experts and future juries of CSWWC (Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships).

7 March, 9.30, Masterclassroom – The art of chardonnay, taste Ruinart champagne
Frédéric Panaïotis, France
Frédéric PanaiotisBorn in 1964, Frédéric Panaïotis spent much of his time in the small Champagne vineyards of his grandparents as a child. He enjoyed harvesting the Chardonnay grapes and started to learn about wine in their small cellars. He graduated from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon in Viticulture & Oenology, and earned the Diplome National d’Oenologue of the Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique in Montpellier in 1988. His winemaking apprenticeship included appointments in France and California. He came back to Champagne in 1991 and worked at the Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, and then for Champagne Veuve Clicquot. Panaïotis joined Champagne Ruinart in 2007 as Chef de Caves. In this position, he has the responsibility of creating the blends, from the non vintages Blanc de Blancs and Rosé to the prestige cuvees of Ruinart, Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé. He also plays a significant role in the communication efforts of Champagne Ruinart, at times travelling extensively to international markets. www.ruinart.com


7 March., 11.30, Masterclassroom  New World –  New Zealand / Wonderful wines from the land of The Lord of the Rings
anne_krebiehl_headshotAnne Krebiehl MW, Germany / United Kingdom
German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl MW is a freelance wine writer and lecturer. Her work has been published in trade and consumer publications like The World of Fine Wine, Harpers, Wine & Spirit, The Drinks Business, Imbibe, Falstaff Deutschland and Sommelier India. She is the contributing editor for Austria for the US Wine Enthusiast. She lectures, particularly on German wine, consults for London restaurants and translates wine-related texts. Anne also judges at international wine competitions (IWC, IWSC, DWWA). Her interests are German, Austrian, Italian and New Zealand wines, with a particular focus on Pinot Noir and Riesling. She has harvested and helped to make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy.

Melanie Tesseron7 March, 11.30, Workshoproom Château Pontet-Canet vertical tasting of 10 vintages
Melanie Tesseron, France
While busy running the family spirits business, Tesseron Cognac, Melanie Tesseron is becoming increasingly involved with the family wine estate – flying fifth Château Pontet-Canet, which she manages alongside her uncle Alfred. Becoming known globally as the face of the biodynamic brand, particularly in Asia, Tesseron joined the estate in 2005 and has helped Pontet-Canet pursue its biodynamic goal – it achieved full certification in 2010. The goal of Château, according to Melanie, is “…balance. We want balance in the vineyard. We want it to produce naturally, not excite it too much.” In 2012 The drinks business magazine elected Melanie Tesseron as the 23th most powerful woman in wine. www.pontet-canet.com

csizmadia-honigh-peter7 March, 11.30, Workshoproom – Château Pontet-Canet vertical tasting of 10 vintages
Peter Csizmadia-Honigh, United Kingdom
Peter Csizmadia-Honigh is a writer and consultant based in London. An English literature, economics and pedagogy graduate from the University of Budapest; he joined the UK wine trade in 2005 and worked as the Education Manager of the Institute of Masters of Wine until 2014. He completed the WSET Diploma in London and became a Certified Sherry Educator in Jerez. Both his job at the Institute and private travels took him to vineyards across the world: making Syrah in Chile, completing the Master Napa Valley programme in California or driving around to visit and taste in the Cape. In 2007 he set up Royal Somló Vineyards, crafting Juhfark wines for Michelin-star restaurants. Csizmadia-Honigh regularly reviews the wines of Bordeaux, Chianti and Germany; and writes for magazines in Hungary (e.g. for VinCE Magazine), India, the UK and USA. He is the recipient of the 2014 Geoffrey Roberts Award; his book The Wines of India, a Concise Guide is forthcoming in the autumn in 2015. Peter Csizmadia-Honigh’s blog: borvilag.com

7 March, 15.30, Workshoproom  New generation winery from Alsace: Domaine Loew
Etienne LoewEtienne Loew, France
After studying at the university and working in Oregon, Etienne Loew went back to take charge of the family firm in 1996, starting with only 0.72 hectares in the very north of the vineyards of Alsace. Etienne Loew works according to biodynamics, which he does not see as an extra burden, but as a method to increase the sustainability, resilience and resistance of the vineyard. And, of course, to get a better raw material for his excellent wines. He claims the Muscat from the “Green marles” is one of the best in Alsace. Etienne also has a week spot for Sylvaner, where old vines provide grapes to Sylvaner Verité, a wine that is firm as a boxers’ fist. www.domaineloew.fr

8 March, 9.30, Masterclassroom  The most beautiful breakfast of the world / 10 méthode traditionalle sparkling + caviar+ macaron
EssiAvellan_0021Essi Avellan MW, Finnland
Essi Avellan is Finland’s first Master of Wine. Recognized as an international wine author and champagne specialist, Avellan is the editor of FINE Champagne magazine, the world’s only magazine dedicated to champagne. Avellan is the author of numerous wine books, including Matka Champagneen, Parhaat samppanjat and The Finest Wines Ever Made. She has also recently revised and extended the third edition of Tom Stevenson’s award-winning sparkling wine bible Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine. Essi Avellan is a reputed wine judge, in addition to FINE Magazines and The World of Fine Wine tasting panels she had acted as the chair of Decanter World Wine Awards’ Champagne panel and is a jury member at Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. She has been awarded the titles of Dame Chevalier of Ordre de Coteaux de Champagne and Commandeur of Bordeaux. www.essiavellan.com

Garamvári Vencel8 March, 9.30, Masterclassroom – The most beautiful breakfast of the world / 10 méthode traditionalle sparkling + caviar+ macaron
Vencel Garamvári, Hungary
He has dealt with sparkling wine for almost 50 years. After he graduated from University of Horticultural Sciences, he worked for Törley Pezsgőpincészet for 12 years, where he was the plant manager from 1970 to 1978. In 1990, Garamvári family founded their own company and Vincent sparkling wine came into market in 1999. This year is a jubilee, their company is 25, and production of sparkling wine is 15 years old. garamvariszolobirtok.hu

Antonio Alvarez8 March, 9.30, Masterclassroom – The most beautiful breakfast of the world / 10 méthode traditionalle sparkling + caviar+ macaron
Antonio Alvarez, Spain
Founder of the top Spanish wines and food website, La Tienda, in the USA. Once he came back to Spain, he became the sales manager of Bodegas Frutos Villar for 2 years, and then he worked for 9 years with Bodegas Bocen in Denomination of Origin Rueda as export manager. The last 3 years he has been working in Cavas Agusti Torello S.A. as an export manager. www.tienda.com

8 March, 9.30, Masterclassroom – The most beautiful breakfast of the world / 10 méthode traditionalle sparkling + caviar+ macaron
forgetChristian Forget
A chef de cave from Champagne who works not only with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but also with the Hungarian grape variety, Furmint. His multi-generational grower family owns 1.5 hectare and produces Champagne under their own label from the 1920s.
Working as the chef de cave of Champagne Paul Bara he creates cuvées of fresh and vibrant style on the grand cru village, Bouzy. This appellation is famous for its Pinot Noir grapes and at Bara they only harvest from their own vinyards to express the terroir.
Looking for another challenge, Christian Forget took the invitation of Kreinbacher Estate and arrived to Somló for the first time in 2009. Soon he discovered the unknown wine region and its special grape varieties and contributed in creating the very first Méthode Traditionnelle sparkling wines of the estate.
In Champagne he follows more hundred years of traditions, in Somló he plays a part in creating new ones in this unique Hungarian wine region.

8 March, 11.30, Masterclassroom A new trend / Premium roses
new_wine_photo_louiseLouise Sydbeck MW, France
Louise has more than 15 years of experience in the wine industry. After a sommelier program in Sweden she left for France to explore her passion for wine further. This took her to a wine university in the Rhone, a vineyard in Provence as tasting and tour organizer and finally the French Riviera where she runs a wine business supplying the luxury yachting industry with fine wines and advice. She also works as a wine judge, educator and speaker. In 2014 she became the third Swedish Master of Wine and also received the Bollinger award for excellence in the Master of Wine tasting examination. The site of her company: www.rivierawine.fr

8 March, 13.30, Masterclassroom  Syrah – Shiraz / The most luscious
Christopher Burr MWChristopher Burr MW, United Kingdom
The founder of wotwine?: an application and website to help consumers select wines from the supermarkets in the UK.  He has been a Master of Wine since 1995 and has held very senior management positions in both the wine and brewing industries, as European Director of Bass Brewers, and Managing Director of two UK Wine importing and distributor Companies (Mentzendorff Ltd. and Domaines Drouhin)  He was also International Head of Wine for the prestigious auctioneers Christies.  Christopher also advises wine collectors around the world on their wine collections and works as a consultant to a number of wine producers in France, Italy, Croatia and the UK.

Romsics_Laszlo8 March, 15.30, Masterclass room – Teenage (Wine) Dream
László Romsics, Hungary
László Romsics is an international wine academics, the student of the London Institute of Masters of Wine and the consultant editor of VinCE Magazine from the beginning. He is also a winemaker and the chief winemaker of György-Villa with lands in the Etyek–Buda wine region and Villány. He has gained her wine experiences in Chile, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

8 March, 17.30, Masterclass room – Wines and Dishes from Mysterious Azerbaijan
Darrel Joseph, Austria / USA

Darrel Joseph is based in Vienna, Austria, and writes about the wines and wine regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe for publications including Decanter and Harpers Wine & Spirit in Great Britain, Meininger’s Wine Business International in Germany and wein-pur in Austria. His work has been published also in the Wine Spectator in the United States and he has contributed to Hugh Johnson´s Pocket Wine Book and wine-searcher.com online. He was the English language editor of the book Tokaj, The Wine of Freedom, by Lászlo Alkonyi.
In addition to his writing, Darrel participates as a judge in international wine competitions, including the renowned Decanter World Wine Awards in London. He has also judged for numerous other competitions, such as Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, the Berlin Wine Trophy, the Pannon Bormustra in Hungary and Vinistra in Croatia. Darrel also conducts wine tastings and presentations for wine clubs, wine schools, businesses and private clients throughout Europe. He is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers in Great Britain. At VinCE 2015, Darrel will hold a masterclass on the wines and dishes of Azerbaijan.

8 March, 17.30–19.00, Masterclassroom – Gancia Italian sparkling wine
Massimiliano Gancia, Italy
maxerika 081Massimiliano Gancia was born in 1960 in Canelli, in the Italian town where Gancia winery is located. He is in fact the 5th generation descendent of the founder, Carlo Gancia. Massimiliano has studied Economics in California and earned MBA Degree aswell. After finishing his studies in 1983, he started working at the family winery and has been devotedly working there ever since.  As Export Director he is in charge of distributing Gancia worldwide.
His work is his hobby aswell, and by choice he likes to engage himself with wine-gastronomy. His hobbies further include travelling, dancing and sports like tennis, skiing and football.
Gancia has outgrown itself into one of the most significant companies, producing 16 types of sparkling wine from which most is of protected designation of origin (DOC, DOCG). Besides sparkling wine, wines and other liqueurs can be found in the Gancia sortiment, for those who wish to enjoy the italian lifestyle with specialities.

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