Portraits

Italian wine in the present and future as seen by eight women
The world of Italian wine is increasingly 'female'. In fact, one in four farms is now run by a woman, as are 30% of wineries. Enrolments at viticulture and oenology faculties are also increasing, as is the number of female winemakers across the country. We have selected eight of them to illustrate the fundamental roles played by women in the Italian wine industry.
Wine4You, People eat lighter food now and they drink lighter wines
Roederer Champagne, Louis Jadot, Famille Perrin, André Lurton, Ramos Pinto, Sassicaia, Marqués de Murrieta, Bodega Norton, Coppola… The impressive line-up in the Wine4You portfolio makes it seem the perfect match for one of the world’s more mature wine markets. Its founder, wine collector and expert Jaroslaw Cybulski, describes how the Polish wine market has come on in leaps and bounds.
Mogens Olesen, owner of Château Lecusse, and a serial entrepreneur
The 72-year-old Dane answers our questions in impeccable French, in the car driven by his wife.
Wines Overland: the gateway to Asia-Pacific for European wines
Philippe Carrant and Michael Rogers are two like-minded partners who created Wines Overland to help European winegrowers export their wines to the Asia-Pacific region.
AMKA GROUP : Looking to the long-term
What started off in 1978 as a hobby for Anna-Marie and Karsten Søndergaard, who sold wines to friends and family from their garage in a small village in Denmark, has evolved into a multi-million-bottle business spanning 9 North European countries. Their son and current AMKA CEO Frank Søndergaard outlines the company’s ethos and growth prospects across the region.
Romain Roux, born to be an entrepreneur!
You can’t help but like Romain Roux. Possibly a little gruff, by his own admission, but this immediately disappears behind his loquaciousness, his joviality and his ability to listen to others. After dreaming of a career in finance, he ultimately chose a job that brings him down to earth every day. And he certainly is not complaining.
Casa Santos Lima: Portugal's standard-bearer abroad
Founded in the late 19th century, Casa Santos Lima is a winery that predominantly exports Portuguese wines. So much so that it is one of Portugal’s largest exporters. After being passed down through five generations, it is now in the capable hands of José Luis Santos Oliveira da Silva, the current CEO, a man who puts his heart and soul into advancing this family-run project.