Structure

“The essence of wine tourism is getting to know a region through its wine-making and oenology while admiring its landscape, its architectural jewels and obviously, its gastronomy. Wine tourism acquires a fundamental importance as an element of dynamization of the cultural and environmental heritage where the winemaking tradition is located".

Rafael Ansón, President of Honor

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Rafael Ansón

President of Honor

José Antonio Vidal

Founder, President & CEO

Pablo Singerman

Vice-President LatAm

Leonid Gelibterman

Vice-President EurAsia

Honorary Body

PRESIDENCY BOARD

Founder & President

José Antonio Vidal
Founder President & CEO, EnoTourism Spain (Association AEE & Institute IEE)

President of Honor

Rafael Ansón
President of Honor, International Academy of Gastronomy
Dr Honoris Causa and Director Gastronomy Chair, Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio
Ambassador for Sustainable Tourism, UNWTO

PRESIDENCY ADVISORY BOARD

International Relations
Director

Dina Gimbatova

Institutional Relations
Senior Advisors

LATIN AMERICA
Adolfo Favieres
Ambassador for Iberoamerica, WTTC
Former Secretary General’s Advisor, UNWTO 

José Carlos de Santiago
Vice-President, Iberoamerican Academy of Gastronomy
Founder President, Grupo Excelencias Comunicación 

Tomás Poveda
Executive Vice President EMEA, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL)
Former Gral. Mngr., Casa de América (based in Madrid)
Former Gral. Mngr. of Media and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain

ARGENTINA
Javier Espina
Director of the Federal Council of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Sports
Former Minister of Tourism of Mendoza 

BRASIL
Márcio Favilla
Former Executive Dir. for Operational Programs and Institutional Relations, UNWTO
Former Vice Minister of Tourism

CHINA
Margaret Chen
Former Director for China, Telefónica Movistar

FRANCE
Hervé Novelli
President, Conseil Superieur de l’Oenotourisme

GEORGIA
Ilia Giorgadze
Ambassador (Diplomatic Body, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

GREECE
Polykarpos Efstathiou
Former Countries’ Director, Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO)

SOUTH AFRICA
Monika Iuels
Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion, Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape (WESGRO)

SPAIN
Germán Porras
Former General Director of Tourism and National Tourism Office Director (Tourspain), Ministry of Tourism 

Isabel Mijares, In Memoriam Feb 10, 2024
‘The Wine Woman’
Chemist and Oenologist
Winemaking advisor

URUGUAY
Arnaldo Nardone
Minister of Tourism’s Assistant
Former World President, ICCA

Management Body

President & CEO

José Antonio Vidal
Founder, President & CEO, EnoTourism Spain (Association AEE & Institute IEE)
2018 Spanish National EnoTourism Award

Vice-Presidents

LatAm

Pablo Singerman
Director Economic Observatory Wine Tourism and MICE, Ministry of Tourism of Argentina

EurAsia

Leonid Gelibterman
President CEO, International Center of Wine and Gastronomy

Country Managers

Argentina

Rodrigo Lemos
Wine tourism advisor, Corporación Vitivinícola de Argentina (COVIAR)
Director, Academic Program International (Government of Mendoza)

Romanella Paggi
Owner, Ketek Eventos & Turismo
Moderator ‘Mendoza en Una Copa’, Ministry Tourism of Mendoza

Brasil

Milton Zuanazzi
National Secretary for Tourism Planning, Competitiveness and Sustainability, Ministry of Tourism
Co-founder & CEO, Hotel Sustentável consulting

Chile

Miloš Mišković
Former Director, SERNATUR Valparaíso

Judith Ramírez
Partner, La Recova Wines

China

Jiawei Jiang
Assistant Director, Monitoring Center for UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories in China

Ruylene Gao
Director Government Relations for China

Italy

Nicola D’Auria
President, Italian Enoturism Association (MTV)

Mexico

Marisa Ramos
Professor and Researcher, Faculty of Tourism and Gastronomy, Univ. Anáhuac

Peru

Alan Watkin
President, Wine Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ica
Manager, Tourism and Economic Development of Nasca

Portugal

Maria João de Almeida
President, Portuguese Enotourism Association (APENO)

Russia

Leonid Popovitch
Former President, Union of Winegrovers and Winemakers of Russia

Spain

Mercedes Sánchez
Secretary General, Spanish EnoTourism Association

Turkey

Fatma Bilge
President, Urla Viticulture and Winery Association (UVWA)

Uruguay

Javier Ascurra
General Manager, Enjoy Hotel Punta del Este

Uzbekistan

Sergei Danilov
Co-owner & Chief Adviser, Delicious Uzbekistan and Silk Road

Comunications:

Central EurAsia

Julia Smirnova
Travel advisor, Komsomolskaya Pravda
Press advisor, Cervantes Institute Moscow

Latin America

Lourdes Mellone
Directora, EnoLife.com.ar Comunicación

MICE Managers:

Congresses and Exhibitions

Arnaldo Nardone
Director, MICE International Consulting
Former World President, ICCA

Incentives and Events

Charo Trabado
Director, MITM Events

Administration and Treasury Head:

Mercedes Sánchez
Secretary General & Treasurer, Spanish EnoTourism Association

Legal Head:

Maurizio Di Ubaldo
President, Di Ubaldo Advocats

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