Episode 766 – Women in the Russian wine importing industry with speakers’ Eleonora Scholes and Irina Fomina. These sessions were recorded through Swapcard at the Wine2Wine 2021 Business Forum and are being replayed here on the Italian Wine Podcast!
Welcome to Wine2Wine Business Forum 2021 Series. The sessions are recorded and uploaded on Italian Wine Podcast. wine2wine is an international wine business forum, held annually in Verona Italy since 2014. The event is a key reference point for wine producers and a diverse variety of wine professionals eager to develop and grow their wine business worldwide.
More about Eleonora Scholes
Eleonora Scholes is an award-winning Russian wine journalist with 20 years of experience. Since 2012 she has published spaziovino.com, the premier Russian language website about Italian wines and lifestyle.
Eleonora has co-authored several books, the latest being “Aperitivo. The Italian Happy Hour”, due for release in autumn 2021 in Denmark. For the past decade Eleonora has been contributing to the international bestselling wine guide “Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book”.
Before making Italian wines her principal area of specialisation, Eleonora was writing on fine wines for numerous publications in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, UK, USA and other countries. Her articles appeared in Forbes, Decanter, Falstaff, and The World of Fine Wine. Eleonora’s marketing background came in useful for various consulting projects and at international wine events. She was a Russian correspondent for Meininger’s Wine Business International. Her consulting services were retained by Wine Intelligence and Vinitaly International. She has been a speaker at a number of high-profile international events.
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More about the Irina Fomina
Irina Fomina is the founder and chairman of the board of MBG Wine, has a PhD in International Economic Relations. In 1995 she founded the Moscow Business Group, which includes MBG Wine and MBG Beauty and the following year she signed her first import contract with the famous Antinori brand. MBG Wine is currently one of the leading Fine Wine companies in Russia and boasts a portfolio that includes iconic Italian brands such as Antinori, Allegrini, Cusumano, Livio Felluga, Argiolas, Bisol, Col d’Orcia, Michele Chiarlo and more.
In 2005, in partnership with the Novikov group and the Antinori family, he opened the Cantinetta Antinori restaurant in Moscow, one of the most famous high-end Italian restaurants in the capital. In 2007 Irina was awarded the rank of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest honor by the Republic for her important contribution to the development of commercial and cultural cooperation between Italy and Russia. In 2014, however, together with several partners, she opens the elegant but accessible Khleb I Vino (Pane e Vino) wine bars in Moscow, which rock the HoReCa scene in Russia.
In 2019 Irina Fomina was awarded the Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy in recognition of her promotion of Italian wine and lifestyle.
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