Arthur Camut, Export Manager Champagne Palmer & C0
Born in the Champagne Region, where he spent most of his childhood, from vines to winery, in a family making and selling Champagne. Graduated from the Burgundy School of Business with a Specialized Master Degree in International Wine and Spirits Business, he has WSET level 3. Was a wine Consultant in Shanghai for a Chinese Importer from 2014, and then spent the last 6 years year at Champagne Palmer & Co, first as Brand Ambassador for two years in the UK (2016-2018), before taking his current role at Champagne Palmer as Export Manager for Europe and Asia in 2018
masterclass: Champagne Palmer and the work of time
Friday, 6 May, 17,00 – 18,30
Előd Ádám, MW student
Előd has more than 20 years of experience in wine industry, starting to appreciate and understand the world of wine after he moved in USA. In 16 years there he worked in different positions in the wine budiness. Meantime he has obtained the diplomas of Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Wine Educator. At the same time he judged and organized masterclasses and tastings at various US wine festivals. In 2016 he returned to Romania where he set up his own wine import company, consultancy and he started the eWineClub. He continued judging at various competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, Balkan International Wine Competition and others… When he is not working he studies at the Institute of Masters of Wine and hopes to soon enter the exclusive circle of those who hold the title of Master of Wine.
masterclass: The Magnum effect
Saturday, 7 May, 10,00 – 11,30
Richard Bampfield Master of Wine
Richard Bampfield graduated in French from Cambridge in 1981 and immediately decided the wine trade was where he could put the language to best use. He managed retail wine shops in the North West of England for JW Lees Brewers for 7 years, then spent a year getting his hands dirty in vineyards around the world, also working in wine cellars in California and Australia. Having passed the Master of Wine Exam in 1990, he joined the Australian producer, Brown Brothers, and managed their European operations until 1999. He left them to set up his own company, specialising in public relations and offering wine consultancy, talks, tours and courses.
Principal clients now include Lidl, Albert Bichot (Burgundy), 67 Pall Mall, Santa Rita (Chile) and Château Brown (Bordeaux). He is also a partner in Preferabli, the leading personalisation software for the wines and spirits industry. A growing interest in sustainability has led to him becoming a founder member of a new international initiative called the Sustainable Wine Roundtable https://swroundtable.org
He regularly guides groups of students and press on visits to Bordeaux and Burgundy, and has been actively involved in the promotion of English wines. He is now probably best known for his work writing tasting notes and evaluating wines for Lidl and is a regular presenter on 67 Pall Mall’s TV channel, www.67pallmall.tv
Richard is a past Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators and was the European Champagne Ambassador 2009.
masterclass: What is Quality?
Saturday, 7 May, 12,30 – 14,00
Spanish born œnologue, Université de Bordeaux geek, internship at Petrus, experience as winemaker in Rioja and Navarra, and very in love with Feteascã Neagrã since 2009.
Aussie born flying winemaker who settled for harvest in Romania 17 years ago. “It was tough going at the beginning” but now, every year he loves being able to apply modern winemaking techniques to the country's many traditional and unique grape varieties
Born in the vineyards, certified sommelier and wine expert at the CIA in California, worked in France for 7 years in Michelin stared restaurants and now back to the roots in Recaș, representing the 2nd generation.
MASTERCLASS: Climate change through Cuvee Überland
Saturday, 7 May, 17,30 – 19,00
László Bálint, DipWSET
Graduated WSET Diploma and he is WSET Certified Educator at Borkollégium. He is the president of the internation wine contest Winelovers 100, wine consultant, expert of Borigó publication and wine writer.
Barta Károly entered the wine business in 2003 when he bought 10ha on Öreg Király (Old King), in Tokaj and set up the Barta Winey. This is one of the most appreciated and famous terroirs in the Tokaj region, with a rich wine history.
masterclass: The many faces of Furmint, from Sparkling to Aszú
Sunday: 8 May, 10,00-11,30
Ed Adams MW
Ed joined the wine trade in 1983 after dabbling with radio journalism in his home city of Bristol, England. He worked for an old Bristol wine firm, Howells, before eventually moving to the bright lights of London. Here he sold wine to the Chelsea set for a company called London Wine Brokers; skills learnt included how to unload a container in less than 2 hours and how to sell wine to difficult as well as pleasant customers.
Ed’s first big break was working for Vinos de España in London. Having already lived for a while in Madrid in the early 1980s, this helped rekindle his passion for Spanish wine. It was then 7 years as a buyer for the Co-op in Manchester. This was a fantastic job which involved travel and learning about wine; Englishman Ed passed the Master of Wine exam in1991, although that year is also remembered for the first meeting with a certain South African Bruce Jack at a wine tasting in London.
Ed became a director of Western Wines in 1998 and benefited from the Vincor buyout in 2004. The following year he met up with Bruce again after a splendid tasting at Bruce’s Flagstone winery in South Africa and the Báscula plan was hatched to make wine in Spain.
Ed left Western Wines in early 2006 and is enjoying life immensely working on the Báscula project. He believes the best is yet to come
masterclass: A brief wine tour of Spain
Sunday: 8 May, 12,30-14,00
Dan Balaban began his wine career by setting up a distribution company right after the fall of the communist regime.
In 1997, after starting the production of wine with purchased grapes, increasing not only the Davino Winery cultivated area to 100 ha (from 87 ha in 1999) but also the quality standard.
Believes in the wine potential of Romania, of the Dealu Mare region and the local varieties both in individual form as well as blended with international varieties
masterclass: Davino: David & Goliat
Sunday: 8 May, 15,00-16,30