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Konstantinos Lazarakis MW

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Konstantinos Lazarakis MW

President - Head of WSPC Education - Principal of WSPC Wine School

Konstantinos Lazarakis MW – President of the Wines & Spirits Professional Center (WSPC) is a highly regarded figure both in Greece and abroad. For the past 20 years he has been the active advocate and ambassador of quality wines in domestic and international markets; he holds a proven track record of partnerships and synergies aimed at promoting the good reputation and esteemed work of Greek and global wine producers, as well as of acclaimed wine regions worldwide. In 2006 the Institute of Masters of Wine awarded him with the Noval Award as “The MW Communicator of the Year”.

Konstantinos Lazarakis MW was born in Piraeus. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the National & Technical University of Athens and Jazz Music at the Aeolian School of Music.

In 2002 – at the age of 32 – he became the first Master of Wine from Greece and the broader region of Southern Europe, entering a prestigious circle of acclaimed influencers and game-changers in the global wine and spirits industry.

In addition to his MW Title Konstantinos also achieved two awards given to those who stand out for their excellence during the highly demanding MW exams: The“Bollinger Medal” for excellence in wine tasting and theVilla Maria Award” for outstanding performance on the Viticulture paper.

For nine years he has been a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) and the current Chair of the Trips Committee for the past four years.

Konstantinos works as an Imports Manager for Aiolos Wines in Athens, co-owns the wine communication company Wine Wonders, while serving as a special consult for the Hellenic Exports Organization & Aegean Airlines.

Since 2000 he has been a regular contributor to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book” and to several trade and lifestyle magazines in Greece and abroad.

He is the President of the Thessaloniki International Wine and Spirit Competition and has served as the president and co-organizer of the Balkan International Wine Competition, which takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Lastly, he is a member of the International Food & Wine Society, as well as a member of its Wine Committee.
He is married to Tonia Kiriazis and together they have one son.

CV Milestones

2002
Konstantinos Lazarakis became the first Master of Wine from Greece and the broader region of Southern Europe, entering a prestigious circle of acclaimed influencers and game-changers in the global wine and spirits industry. In addition to his MW Title Konstantinos also achieved two awards given to those who stand out for their excellence during the highly demanding MW exams: The “Bollinger Medal” for excellence in wine tasting and the “Villa Maria Award” for outstanding performance on the Viticulture paper. He was the 13th in the history of the Institute of Masters of Wine to achieve these awards.
2004
Konstantinos founds WSPC the Greek subsidiary of the most influential educational organization in wines and spirits in the world, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust of London (WSET)
2005
Mitchell Beazley publishing house in London released Konstantinos’ book “The Wines of Greece”, one of the four wine books short listed for the Andre Simon Memorial Award 2006.
2006
He receives the “Noval Award” as the MW Communicator of the Year.
2009
In 2009 WSPC® won the “WSET® Educator of the Year Award” and holds ever since a consistent place among the top 10 to 12 Approved Programme Providers of WSET® around the globe among 74 countries*.
2012
Konstantinos is awarded the “Honorary Weinakademiker” title by the Austrian Wine Academy for promoting wine education, becoming the 13th person ever to be honoured in such way. He is also a certified Fine & Rare Wine Specialist.
2015
Konstantinos receives “Diplôme D’ Honneur Des Grands Crus Classés en 1885 – Médoc & Sauternes” as a Classified Ambassador by “Vins de Bordeaux”. A most prestigious official classification introduced by “Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry” in 1855.
2018
The much-awaited updated book by Konstantinos Lazarakis is launched by Infinite Ideas, an acclaimed publisher of books on wine and business. “The Wines of Greece” is α (treasure) trove of information on Greek wine covering the roots, as well as the exciting developments of the recent years.
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