SPEAKERS AND HOSTS :
Wein-Blogger and Influencer, Wein-verstehen.de
With his blog, www.weinverstehen.de, Daniel Bayer helps wine lovers understand wine better. He can be found on Instagram at @wein_verstehen where he has networked with numerous like-minded people and offers interesting insight into exciting interviews and tastings. Bayer is also keen to give the vintners their own stage. His “Winzer talk” podcast is all about the producers and their philosophy. To this end, he travels to various wine-growing regions to interview local vintners while tasting their wines. As a digital communication expert, he advises numerous wineries and provides them with support to successfully market their wines on the Internet.
He is the quintessential sales professional. His core competencies are sales, personnel motivation, development and modification of sales structures, sales training, customer acquisition, lectures and texts. Bongers has proven his thorough understanding of his profession in the cosmetics industry, in system catering and, for more than ten years, as managing partner of the wine retailer Nagel & Hoffbaur. He earned a graduate degree in business administration from RWTH Aachen University.
Dr. Laura Catena
Managing Director und Founder, Catena Institute of Wine
Dr Laura Catena has led an extraordinary life. She is a trained and practising physician and studied medicine at Harvard and Stanford. At the same time, wine is her passion. She manages Bodega Catena Zapata, which was founded in 1902. Catena is an award-winning vintner many times over and her work has been featured in the NYT, The Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine Magazine, La Nación, Decanter and The Economist 1843 Magazine. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate recently awarded Bodega the coveted vineyard prize. She is the author of the Argentine wine guide “Vino Argentino” and founded the Catena Institute of Wine, a research institute that cooperates with numerous renowned research institutes, from UC Davis to the University of Dijon.
Wine Expert, The Wine Show
Joe Fattorini works as a radio announcer and is also simultaneously a writer and wine merchant. As the host of The Wine Show, which is now broadcast in 110 countries, he reaches a global audience of more than 70 million people. Fattorini is also a wine writer for Saga Magazine and Radio Times, the UK’s top monthly and weekly magazines. In addition to his monthly column on behavioural economics for Harpers, Fattorini is a profile writer for Club Oenologique and a wine merchant at Fields, Morris and Verdin, a Berry Bros. & Rudd company.
Managing Partner Rheingold Institute
Heinz Grüne started working on numerous research projects in the field of qualitative market research while studying psychology at the University of Cologne. He has been a managing partner at Rheingold since 1988. His scientific focus is on researching digital media and its impact on everyday life, examining senior culture and the psychology of food consumption, especially with regard to beer. In 2011, Grüne investigated the suitability of electric mobility for everyday use in 2011 using a unique road research method: He rode an e-bike from Sylt to the Zugspitze and reported on it live via various social media channels.
Journalist and Presenter
He is without question one of the most well-known and popular personalities in Germany, not least since the quiz show “Wer wird Millionär?” was first broadcast on TV in 1999. Jauch describes himself as a journalist, presenter and vineyard owner. He learned everything there is to know about the profession at Deutsche Journalistenschule (DJS) in Munich and started his career as a radio presenter before switching to television. Jauch has received numerous awards for his broadcasts. In 2010, Günther Jauch acquired the VDP vineyard von Othegraven from a relative in order to maintain a more than 200-year-old family tradition. The vineyard he runs with his wife has been in his family since 1805.
Editor-at-large MEININGER'S WINE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL
Robert Joseph has been awarded prizes as the author of over 25 books on wine. He holds lectures on wine marketing at various universities and faculties such as the Burgundy Business School in Dijon and the University of Sonoma in California. With his thought-provoking and broad-based knowledge, he is a highly respected speaker in the international wine industry. A French brand of wine, which he launched in 2005, today sells more than two million bottles in 40 countries. He is a member of the editorial team at MEININGER'S WINE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL and a board member of Mundus Vini. His latest book on the future of the wine industry has been published in 2018.
Sommelier and Purchaser, Vipino
Michael Liebert has been in the wine business for more than 25 years. Even as a young student, he ran a wine shop. Later, he selected wines for an Italian importer and provided the descriptions. Again and again, he has also taken the opportunity to bring wine to the public: on TV channels such as n-tv, in the Handelsblatt, in his own wine blog, or by collaborating with prominent TV chefs. Today, when he is not travelling, he lives in Chiemgau, tries, writes and practises his own 100-point programme, which is more based on the price/pleasure ratio than on Parker’s points system.
Director of the Institute of Wine and Beverage Business,
After studying economics in Germany and Sweden, Prof Loose obtained a PhD for her “Country of Origin Effect for Sparkling Wines”. During her various stays doing research in Australia, France, Denmark, Italy and the United States, she deepened her experience and knowledge in the field of food marketing and qualified as a professor on issues of agricultural and nutritional marketing. With her well-founded analyses of the future of the wine market, she has quickly made a name for herself.
For around 25 years, Dr Pilz has been editor-in-chief of the WEINWIRTSCHAFT editors. He reports on the German and international wine industry and, together with his editorial team, he provides an indispensable medium for every professional wine producer and wine merchant. After studying agricultural sciences and earning a PhD at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, he launched his career initially in the wine and food retail trade as a buyer of wines and spirits. By establishing a Sekt producer as the subsidiary of a winery cooperative, he became one of the pioneers of the German sparkling wine industry before joining the writing profession as a journalist.
Owner Rebernig Brand Design
Alexandra Rebernig, founder and managing director of one of the leading design agencies for wine and spirits brands in Germany, is a brand consultant and expert in brand development, design and marketing. She has been advising well-known brands and top players in the German wine and spirits market for 20 years and develops internationally award-winning brand and design concepts. As a member of the Future Circle, she knows what mega and consumer trends wine brands will change in the future and is the driving force behind new paths in the wine market.
Wine Merchant in Hamburg
His stories about wine are legendary. As an 18-year-old, Rindchen drove off in an old VW bus to stock up on wine in the Palatinate region, which he wanted to sell to his parents’ acquaintances and relatives in Bremerhaven. That was his first foray into the wine business. In 1983, after an apprenticeship as an insurance clerk, he opened his first wine shop in Hamburg’s City Nord. A wine merchant always on the hunt for the best price/pleasure ratio, he visited a myriad of vineyards and wine cellars, attended wine fairs and tastings, and continuously developed his company. Rindchen is considered an institution in today’s wine trading sector.