One of the many exciting features of the 2013 International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) in Zagreb, Croatia will be the Wines from the Balkans Grand Tasting. Master of Wine, Caroline Gilby will lead conference delegates through wines from most of the 12 Balkan countries, making it a unique opportunity to learn about wines and wine tourism in some of the oldest wine growing regions in the world.
Caroline Gilby MW has been visiting the Balkan countries for over 20 years since becoming the first major buyer to ship wines from there for Augustus Barnet off-licences. She has a doctorate in plant biology but abandoned life behind the microscope for a career in wine soon after winning the Decanter-Macallan Malt Whisky Taster of the Year Award while a student.
Caroline passed her MW in 1992 then spent seven years as a senior wine buyer before switching to a career as freelance writer and consultant, specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. She contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide, and has written for Dorling Kindersley’s Wines of the World, The Oxford Companion to Wine, The Wine Opus and Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report, as well as for various websites and magazines.
Caroline is looking forward to leading the Wines from the Balkans Grand Tasting on Friday 15th March 2013 at the International Wine Tourism Conference and Workshop to be held in the Regent Esplanade, Zagreb, Croatia.