speakers 2023


Graduated Faculty of History and became Master of Wine in 1998, Elizabeth Gabay is known as one of the most renowned experts on rosé wines and the Provence region of France. She started her career in the field of wine since 1986 and she is judging for wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, VinAgora, Mondial de Rosé, VinoBalkanika, Guide de Vins de Provence. As a specialist in Provence, she is the co-author of wine publications such as the Pocket Wine Book written by Oz Clarke, or the Worlds Atlas of Wine, written by Jancis Robinson.

She is the author of the books "Rosé: Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution" and "Rosés of Southern France" (together with Ben Bernheim).


He graduated Faculty of Arts, but met wine while working part-time for Oddbins, a major UK wine retailer. He obtained the title of Master of Wine in 2006 and in 2007 he moved to the south of France to lead the wine team at Vins Sans Frontières, the most important supplier of wines to the superyacht industry. The idea of founding the Riviera Wine Academy came to him due to the tastings, dinners and various events he organised for famous personalities, clients with refined tastes.

He is a juror of many international competitions, including Decanter World Wine Awards, Moscow Wine Fair, Shanghai International Wine Challenge.

He is an enthusiastic and dedicated educator and speaker. In his free time he enjoys cycling, jogging, traveling, literature, playing card tricks and movies

Wojciech Boňkowski MW

He is a wine writer from Poland, author of eight wine books, cofounder of Poland’s leading wine media: the Winicjatywa website and Ferment printed magazine.

He specialises in the wines of Italy, Greece, Central Europe, Champagne, and Port.

He regularly contributes to Meininger’s Wine Business International,, Club Oenologique, Falstaff, and is a judge at Decanter World Wine Awards and 50 Great Greek Wines. He was President of the Polish Wine Trade Association in 2016–22, and in 2023 became Poland’s first Master of Wine.

Bern Bernheim

Ben Bernheim writes and consults about wine, mostly rosé worldwide and the wines of the Western Mediterranean. He has experience working as a hotel sommelier and in the vines, his passions include vineyard cartography and walking through muddy fields.

László Bálint, DipWSET

Graduated WSET Diploma and he is WSET Certified Educator at Borkollégium. He is the president of the internation wine contest Winelovers Wine Awards, wine consultant, expert of Borigó publication and wine writer.

Imre Szakács-Orha, DipWSET

He is CEO Wine In Business, cofounder of East Cellars, Port & Sherry Educator, VDP Ambassador for Romania, International Wine Judge and student at the Institute of Masters of Wiine.

Isidoro Vaira

Isidoro is the third son of Aldo and Milena and was born in 1990. With his wife Francesca they have two children, Pietro and Anna.

During and after the university studies in viticulture and enology he worked in Tuscany (Chianti Classico and Montalcino), Australia (S.C. Pannell - McLaren Valley) and South Africa (Mullineux Family - Swartland). From 2014 he works with his father in vineyards and currently his responsibility is the management of the organic vineyards.


Elod has worked in various sectors of the wine industry, including sommelier, wine director, importing and education roles.

He now runs his own wine importing business for the on trade in Romania focusing on importing niche, hand-crafted wines, as well as offering wine education and consultancy services.

Zoltán Kormos DipWSET

Zoltán is one of the first to graduate from WSET Level 4 (WSET Diploma) from Romania. Shortly after graduation, he set up an independent wine tasting school, TraWiS - Transylvania Wine School. In addition to standard WSET courses, wine lovers can also attend courses specially designed for those who want to know more about local grape varieties and wine regions in Romania.

Recently, he became the first Rioja Certified Educator from Romania. Since he is a great fan of sherry wines, Zoltán became the first and only Sherry Certified Educator in Romania.

He firmly believes that no one is born a wine-taster, but with a suitable mentor and with a strong dedication, anyone can learn how to taste and appreciate a wine at its fair value.

Ioan Bebeșelea

Chef and cook with extensive experience in Romanian and Transylvanian gastronomy. Passionate about quality local products and wild ingredients, he continuously works to re-popularize and refine old Romanian recipes.

Narcis Georgiu

Narcis Georgiu - Certified Sommelier at Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, worked for 7 years in France in Michelin stars restaurants, after which he returned to his origins, in Recaș representing the 2nd generation in the modern history of Recaș Winery.

Oliver Bauer

Oliver Bauer is the oenologist of Știrbey Winery and the owner / oenologist of Bauer Winery. He moved from Germany to Romania following the proposal of Mr Jakob Kripp, the owner of Știrbey Winery, and they started to build together the Știrbey winery and brand. Pushed by the curiosity of a true wine enthusiast, he took the unique opportunity and accepted the offer to take part in a journey within a wine area unknown to him until then, rich in traditions and valuable indigenous grape varieties. Oliver believes in the potential of indigenous varieties and in the beauty of single grape wines, but not in the concept of a "best wine".

exhibitors 2023

programme 2023


  • 16:00 - 21:00
  • Convention Center
  • Exhibition with tasting


  • Super Early Bird (until 15th October, a Schott&Zwiesel tasting glass included) – 75 lei
  • Early bird (between 16th October - 8th November, a Schott&Zwiesel tasting glass included) – 100 lei
  • From 9th November, a Schott&Zwiesel tasting glass included – 150 lei
  • Buy Tickets

Bálint László DipWSET, President of Winelovers Wine Awards – Ecstasy of Gold - How to get a gold medal at an international wine competition

1. Wine & Pasta, Pearl & Z Brut Magnum 2019 (90 point)
2. Sarica Niculițel, Caii de la Letea Princeps Rezerva Chardonnay 2020 (90 points)
3. Balla Géza, Fetească neagră Stonewine 2020 (90 points)
4. CRAMA DeMATEI, Patima după Matei Feteasca Neagra 2020 (91 points)
5. Cramele Recaș, La Stejari Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (93 point)
6. Trifecta Wines, Szent Tamás Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos 2017 (96 point)

  • 15:00 – 16:30
  • 150 lei

Ioan Bebeșelea & Narcis Georgiu – The Do‘s and Don‘ts of Food + Wine

Sour dough bread with lard spread
Charred Broccoli, Walnut purée and Fig leaf oil
Bonito Ceviche in Poori
Foie Gras
1. Cramele Recaș - Muse Stars Sparkling
2. Cramele Recaș - Sole Sauvignon blanc 2022
3. Cramele Recaș - Orange wine 2022
4. Cramele Recaș - Conacul Ambrozy 2013

Comté CHeese 12 and 30 months
Sheep Terrine with Polenta, Quince and Pickled Grapes
Duck Pastrami, Beetroot and Fig Chutney
Beetroot Brownie
Quince cake
5. Samuel Tinon – Dry Szamorodni 2011, Tokaj
6. Cramele Recaș – La Stejari Chardonnay 2020
7. Cramele Recaș – Sân-Zi-Ana Pinot noir 2022
8. Cramele Recaș – Cuvée Überland 2021 – en primeur
9. Samuel Tinon – Swwt Szamorodni 2013, Tokaj

László Bálint DipWSET & Imre Szakács-Orha DipWSET – Star wars – the Cabernet Franc battle

1. Blind
2. Blind
3. Blind
4. Blind
5. Blind
6. Blind
7. Blind
8. Blind
9. Blind
10. Blind
11. Blind
12. Blind

Isidoro Vaira – Dinner with G.D. Vajra (Barolo)

1. Foie gras, truffle, balsamic

2. Beef tongue, apio

3. Vegetable terrine, straciatella, spinach
🍷 Nebbiolo

4. Duck breast, polenta, cherries

5. Beef tenderloin, potato, mushrooms, truffles
🍷 Barolo


  • 11:00 - 21:00
  • Convention Center
  • Exhibition with tasting


  • Super Early Bird (until 15th October, a Schott&Zwiesel tasting glass included) – 100 lei
  • Early bird (between 16th October - 8th November, a Schott&Zwiesel tasting glass included) – 125 lei
  • From 9th November, a Schott&Zwiesel tasting glass included – 150 lei
  • Buy Tickets

Wojciech Bońkowski MW – Single-vineyard dry wines: the future of Tokaj?

1. Hétszőlő Furmint Kis-Garai 2021
2. Kikelet Furmint Lónyai 2021
3. Jakab Furmint Padi-hegy 2019
4. TR Művek Furmint Palota 2022
5. Bott Furmint Csontos 2021
6. Csite Furmint Toplec 2021
7. Harsányi Furmint Megyer 2021
8. Demeter Zoltán Furmint Boda 2018
9. Breitenbach Furmint Lapis Terasz 2019
10. Sauska Furmint Medve 2019
11. Balassa Furmint Nyulászó 2022
12. Szepsy Furmint Úrágya 2021

Oliver Bauer - Local grape varieties

1. Crâmpoșie selecțioantă 2022
2. Fetească Regală 2020
3. Fetească Regală Genius Loci 2021
4. Spumant Rosé 2019
5. Rosé Novac 2022
6. Novac 2019
7. Negru de Drăgășani Rezerva 2019
8. Cuvée Genius Loci 2018
9. Vin de Glace, Icewine Negru de Drăgășani 2018

Rod Smith MW – No Wood, No Good?

1. Nachbil – Sauvignon blanc 2021
2. Familia Gîrboiu – Sauvignon blanc Fume Bacanta 2022
3. Liliac – Chardonnay 2022
4. Cramele Recas – La Stejari Chardonnay 2020
5. Corcova – Fetească neagră 2021
6. Aramic – Fetească neagră 2019
7. Crama Jelna – Pinot noir Amprenta 2019
8. Carastelec winery – Pinot noir 2020
9. Crama Milo – Cuvee 2020
10. Petro Vaselo - Ovaș 2020

Előd Ádám & Isidoro Vaira – Showcasing the influence of vintage and terroir in Barolo

1. G.D. Vajra – Barolo Albe 2018
2. G.D. Vajra – Barolo Albe 2014
3. G.D. Vajra – Barolo Albe 2010
4. G.D. Vajra – Barolo Bricco Delle Viole 2019
5. G.D. Vajra – Barolo Bricco Delle Viole 2014
6. G.D. Vajra – Barolo Bricco Delle Viole 2010


  • 11:00 - 18:00
  • Convention Center
  • Exhibition with tasting


  • Super Early Bird (until 15th October, a Schott&Zwiesel tasting glass included) – 100 lei
  • Early bird (between 16th October - 8th November, a Schott&Zwiesel tasting glass included) – 125 lei
  • From 9th November, a Schott&Zwiesel tasting glass included – 150 lei
  • Buy Tickets

Elizabeth Gabay MW – Sparkling pink, success stories from Cava to Champagne

1. La Sapata – PetNat 2018
2. Ferrari – Maximum NV
3. Castello di Rocande – Prosecco Patriarca Extra Dry
4. Llopart – Corpinnat Brut Reserva
5. Raventos i blanc - De Nit 2021
6. Casa de Vinuri Cotnari – Colocviu Vibe Brut
7. Carastelec – Carassia Brut
8. GD Vajra – Spumante Rosato
9. Legras&Haas – Champagne Brut
10. Bernard Bremont – Champagne Grand Cru Magnum

Kormos Zoltán DipWSET – Diversity of Rioja, from classic to modern

1. La Rioja Alta Finca San Martín Crianza 2019
2. Viña Ardanza Reserva 2016
3. Martinez Lacuesta Hinia Reserva 2012
4. La Rioja Alta - Viña Arana Gran Reserva
5. Muga Conde de Haro 2019
6. Gomez Cruzado Blanco 2021
7. Tierra Fidel Blanco 2017
8. Petra de Valpiedra 2019
9. Rioja Vega Con Gracia 2017
10. Viuda Negra Arca de Asa 2017
11. Valdelacierva Reserva Edición Limitada 2014
12. Telmo Rodriguez Lanzaga 2019

Ben Bernheim – Single vineyard wines from meaning to selling

1. Thesaurus – Single vineyard Sauvignon blanc 2020
2. Quinta de Quercus – Single vineyard Tempranillo 2018
3. Gerard Bertrand - Clos du Temple 2022
4. Figula – Sóskút olaszrizlng 2022
5. Balla Géza – Furmint stonewine 2020
6. Domain d’Henri - Troesmes Premier Cru Chablis 2020
7. Domaine Mure - Clos Saint Landeline Pinot gris 2018
8. Takler – Szenta Hegyi Kékfrankos 2019
9. Saint- Esprit Cinsault Origin 2022