Meet the Judges

Alessio Cavicchi

University of Macerata (Italy)

Mr. Alessio Cavicchi is Associate Professor in Agribusiness at University of Macerata, Italy. His main fields of interest and research are consumer food choice, economics of food quality and safety, and innovation and sustainability in agribusiness and tourism. He has served as an agri-food expert for several DGs of the European Commission, and he is the coordinator of two EU Erasmus+ funded projects: The Wine Lab and FoodBiz.

Katerina Karampatea

Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Kavala (Greece)

Ms. Katerina Karampatea is a Chemist, graduated the Department of Chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is also Oenologist and holder of a master’s degree in Oenology of the University of Dijon, France, and PhD Candidate at the Department of Oenology and Beverage Technology, University of Western Attica.
She has long professional experience in winemaking of various types of wine, since she has worked in famous wineries in France, Switzerland and Greece.
Since 2011 she is Adjunct lecturer at the Department of Oenology and Beverage Technology at the University of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.
In 2012, she founded the Oenological Laboratory Oenopolis in Drama, specialized in winemaking consultancy, chemical, microbiological and molecular analysis of wines, organization of wine tasting and wine making seminars, installation of ISO quality systems in food business.
She is an internationally experienced taster, as she participates as a judge / taster at numerous international wine competitions taking place in various cities around the world on an annual basis. She has also been distinguished, taking second place in the World Wine Women Awards 2011 in Paris, France.
She is a member of the Association of Greek Chemists, the Association of Greek Oenologists and the Union des Oenologues de France.

Federico Lazaridis

Nico Lazaridi Winery (Greece)

Mr. Federico Lazaridis was born in 27th Nov 1965 in Florence, Italy. In 1982 he graduated from De La Salle of Thessaloniki, while in 1991 he graduated from St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he studied Economics and Business Administration. He speaks the Italian, the English, the German and the French language. After returing to Greece, he enrolled in the family business DRAMA MARMOR LAZARIDIS S.A. He was really focused in the marble sector, being President of LITHOS SA in Germany, Vice-President and Managing Director of PETRA MADEMCILIK Turkey, President of S.C. LAZARIDIS MARMURA SI GRANIT S.A. in Romania, member of the board of directors of LARIN MARMOR S.A. in Skopja, and member of the board of directors of SHANGHAI JINHENG STONE MATERIALS CO LTD in China. At the same time, he established the first winery NICO LAZARIDI S.A. in Drama region, where nowadays he is the President and Managing Director. In 2002, he was awarder in the Kouros Award for young entrepreneurs under the age of 40 by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Kostis Stefanopoulos. Federico Lazaridis is the Vice Consul of Italy in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. In 2012, he was awarded with the title Cavaliere by the President of the Italian Republic, Mr. Giorgio Napolitano

Dora Koczor

Koczor winery (Hungary)

Ms. Dora Koczor is a wine maker, national and international wine judge, leader of her family bussiness based on 25 ha of vineyard, wine cellar and wine touristic destination in the historical wine region Balatonfüred, Hungary. Education: Corvinus University, Budapest, Faculty of Food Science, oenologist, JATE UNiversity, Szeged Faculty of Humanities ans Socal Sciences, English and History Studies.

Thomas Schuster

Weingut Schuster (Austria)

Mr. Thomas Schuster is a young winemaker from Wagram region in Austria. After graduating at the University of Burgenland in “International winemarketing” he did some internships in Austria, Germany and New Zealand. Consequently he started to work at the family owned winery in Großriedenthal and is responsible for winemaking and sales. He is part of the board for development of the Region Wagram and plays an active part in the vintners association of Großriedenthal.

Smaro Politi

Militos Consulting S.A. (Greece)

Smaro has worked at karamella advertising company as copywriter, creative director and member of the boarding committee from 1996 to 2006. From 2006 to 2011 she joined Looking advertising company. Since 2005 until today, she is working as freelancer copywriter, with BBH, British advertising company, as well as a freelancer creative in advertising companies and in independent projects.

Albert Stöckl

FH Krems

Albert Stöckl was born in 1974 in Vienna. He is married with two children.

2015 Doctorate in Agribusiness and Food Marketing. Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany
2004 Master degree in European Tourism Management. Double degree from Bournemouth University
(UK) and Université de Savoie (F).
2002 Diploma in Management and Marketing in the Wine-Industry. Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, Germany

11 years as a university lecturer and researcher, 15 years in catering and tourism. 2 years in
Lecturer / Visiting Professor at University of Macerata (Italy), University of Camerino (Italy), Burgundy
Business School (Dijon, France), Reims Management School
(Champagne, France), Esterhazy Foiskola Eger (Hungary) and FHWien
WKW – Vienna University of Applied Sciences

Supervision of more than 130 bachelor theses and about 40 master theses.

Research fields: Wine business, Consumer Behaviour.

Pier Paolo Lorieri

La Scurtarola Winery

Pier Paolo Lorieri was born as an agriculture student, not very interested in agriculture (such as many). Accidentally he starts to be interested in the family vineyards, he meets great viticulture and oenology masters that lead him into their world, he starts changing his surrounding world with the “connected plans” modifying the terracing system, he upsets the white wine world putting it in barriques in 2004 and commercializing it after 6-7 years, he brings back to light Vermentino Nero, he writes about his territory and its vineyards, he identifies 50 autochthonous and unknown grape varieties, he collects in a book wild herbs for the kitchen of his territory, he stabilizes the knowledge of Vermentino in a book written together with his master Mario Fregoni, he invents the bone to keep terraces that tend to slide standing, he developes a new free pruning technique, he developes diodynamics, in practice he lives as a free man.

Alan Clarke