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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 25 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 blind wine tasting and the “Villa Maria Award” for outstanding performance in the Viticulture examination. He was the 13th expert in the history of the Institute of Masters of Wine to receive these awards.

In 2004, Konstantinos founded 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®). In 2009 WSPC® won the Riedel Award/ WSET® Educator of the Year, being recognized as the best WSET branch in the world, distinguished among 34 countries.

In 2005, Konstantinos Lazarakis MW’s book “The Wines of Greece” was published by the British publishing house Mitchell Beazley. “The Wines of Greece” was nominated among the top 4 for the “Andre Simon Memorial Award 2006.” In 2018, the updated edition of his book, “The Wines of Greece,” was released by the publishing house “Infinite Ideas.”

The global community recognized his efforts and rewarded his vision for continuous wine education by honoring him with the ‘Noval Award’ as “the MW Communicator of the Year 2006”.

Konstantinos Lazarakis has served as a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) for nine years, and as Chair of the Trips Committee for nine years.

In 2012, he was honored by the Austrian Wine Academy with the title of “Honorary Weinakademiker,” making him an Honorary Member, for his contribution to the field of Wine Education. He was the 13th person to be honored in this way.

Additionally, he holds the titles of “Fine & Rare Wine Specialist” and “Diplôme D’Honneur Des Grands Crus Classés en 1885 – Médoc & Sauternes” as the exclusive representative & Classified Ambassador from “Vins de Bordeaux.”

He is the General Manager at “AIOLOS S.A.” based in Athens and co-owner of the wine communication & advertising company “Wine Wonders LLC”.

He collaborates as a Consultant with wine-producing companies in Greece and abroad, as well as with companies in the aviation and HO.RE.CA. sectors, such as TEMES S.A. (Costa Navarino) and Aegean Airlines.

Since 2000, he has been a regular contributor to “Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book” and frequently writes for many trade and lifestyle magazines in Greece and abroad, such as the newspaper “Proto Thema” and the magazine “GRAPE.”

He is the president of the “Thessaloniki International Wine & Spirits Competition” held in Thessaloniki and was co-organizer and president of the “Balkan International Wine & Spirits Competition” held 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 and he has a 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 W.S.P.C.® 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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