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Name: Johannes Selbach Currently: Winemaker at Selbach-Oster Website: www.selbach-oster.de Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I was born into it. My family has been engaged in the wine business since AD 1600. As a teenager, I detested the “slave” labor in the vineyards but…

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Name: Paola Medina Sheldon Currently: Winemaker at Bodegas Williams & Humbert Website: www.williams-humbert.com/en/?age-verified=36f1fef63d Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I graduated in Chemistry, Enology and Viticulture at the universities of Granada, Cádiz and Madrid. My professional life started far from Jerez, in Ciudad…

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Name: Marco Pallanti Currently: Winemaker of Castello di Ama Website: www.castellodiama.com Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I have studied University of Agriculture in Florence (unfortunately at that time a faculty of Oenology didn’t exist in Italy). Before I commenced working at Castello…

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Name: Kirk Venge Currently: Winemaker at Venge Vineyards Website: www.vengevineyards.com Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I grew up in my family’s cellar at Saddleback Cellars in Oakville, Napa Valley. Learning how to make wine at an early age inspired me to attend…

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Name: Philip Woollaston Currently: Director of Woollaston Website: www.woollaston.co.nz   Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I have been interested in wine all my adult life – at least as a consumer. On our return to New Zealand in the early 1990s from…

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Name: Raimund Prüm Currently: Oenologist-GM at Weingut S.A.Prüm Website: www.sapruem.com/startpage.php   Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? It’s been quite a while since I assumed the way to the wine world. In 1968, the whole thing with a normal apprenticeship in the State…

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Name: Callie Louw Currently: Winemaker Website: www.porseleinberg.com Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? Wanted to become a doctor but did not turn out to be a student, so I studied Bsc viti viniculture at Stellenbosch. After graduating in 2000 I travelled to france,…

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Name: Lionel Gourgue Currently: Enologist at Vinedos Alonso del Yerro Website: www.vay.es Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I grew up in Bordeaux where the wine is in the air… I studied there and learned how to make wine. Then I started to…

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Name: Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini Currently: Winemaker & Oenologist of Altesino, Borgo Scopeto, Caparzo, Doga delle Clavule Website: www.altesino.it/ita/azienda.php www.borgoscopeto.com/en/azienda.php www.caparzo.it/en/ www.dogadelleclavule.com/en/vigneti.php Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? My family was not doing wine. I got into wine business after so many other different…

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Name: Jean-Pierre Marty Currently: General Manager at Chateau Talbot Website: www.chateau-talbot.com   Questions: Please, tell us about how you got into wine, the wine industry and how your career developed? I am the third generation of winemaker in my family and when I finished my studies as agronomist engineer and oenologist I went abroad in…

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