Andrew is the one who had the bright idea for World’s Best Vineyards (WBV). He is the brand custodian for WBV and the International Wine Challenge (IWC), both of which are important to parent company William Reed. He is responsible for their effective running but says he has “a brilliant team that deals with all the details on a day to day basis”.
Andrew joined William Reed in 1992 after a career in the Army and is now “passionate about conservation”.
Georgia manages a portfolio of events across WBV and IWC, from wine tastings to awards dinners and everything in between. Georgia joined William Reed in 2014, working for IWC, and has been with WBV since its conception in 2019. With the IWC she was lucky enough to travel to Japan and China for events – but hasn’t been lucky enough to visit any of the wonderful vineyards on our list yet due to the travel restrictions imposed for much of 2020/21. As soon as the travel restrictions end, this cocktail lover aims to educate her wine tastebuds.
Alina holds this post for both the World’s Best Vineyards (WBV) and International Wine Challenge (IWC). For WBV this role involves managing the voting process, academy chairs and voters, managing the website and helping with the organisation of the WBV Top 50 events. Alina, like most of the WBV team, has been here from the launch in 2019. Before joining the IWC the previous year, Alina worked in online events “before it was cool”.
Chris is an experienced editor, writer and winemaker. After 30 years of writing for magazines, newspapers, radio and television, he bought a small vineyard and winehouse in Slovenia as a writing retreat and became fascinated by the process of winemaking and the world of wine. He has a foundation degree in wine production and WSET Level 3 award. He is also the editor of the International Wine Challenge’s Canopy publication. Special areas of interest are the lesser-known wine regions and grape varieties.