Antonia Kiriazis MA was born and raised in Piraeus. She studied Psychology at the American College - Deree College of Greece, focusing on Industrial Psychology and Marketing. She completed her postgraduate studies in England at the University of Hull, in the area of Human Resources Management and worked in London for two years with the Arcadia Group of Companies. From 1998 to 2003 she held executive positions within the pharmaceutical industry as Group Product Manager. The cooperation with Mrs. Vera Gazi at the pharmaceutical company PharmaCare SA (1998 - 2000) was a milestone in her professional career. With her, she acquired her highest and most important "studies". From 2004 until today she runs the Greek centre of WSET® UK leading the Greek educational organization WSPC® to achieve the highest honour of The Best Centre in the world. In London in January 2009 she was awarded the WSPC® - among 42 countries around the world, the prize of "The Wine Educator of the Year". Antonia Kiriazis is married to Konstantinos Lazarakis MW and is the mother of one child.
Konstantinos Lazarakis MW was born in Piraeus. He studied Mechanical Engineering in the National & Technical University of Athens and Jazz Music in Aeolian School of Music. He became the first Greek Master of Wine in 2002 - at the age of 32 - and he is one of the less-than-360 in the world. He is also a current member of the Council of the Master of Wine Institute (IMW) and the current Chair of the Trips Committee. He has received the Villa Maria Award for outstanding performance on the Viticulture paper and the 13th Bollinger Foundation Medal ever, for excellence in Wine Tasting. In 2004 he founded W.S.P.C. LTD, the Greek subsidiary of the most influential educational organisation in wines and spirits in the world, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust of London. In 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. In 2006 he received the “Noval Award” as the MW Communicator of the Year. In 2012, he was awarded the “Honorary Weinakademiker” title by the Austrian Wine Academy for promoting wine education, the 13th person ever to be honoured in such way. He is also a certified Fine & Rare Wine Specialist. Konstantinos is working as an Imports Manager for Aiolos Wines in Athens, co-owns the wine communication company Wine Wonders, while he consults widely for the Hellenic Exports Organization, Aegean Airlines, Costa Navarino Resorts, as well as for a number of wine producers, restaurants and hotels. He is writing for several trade and lifestyle magazines in Greece and abroad and he is a co-organiser and president of the Balkan International Wine Competition, which takes place in Sofia, as well as the President of the Thessaloniki International Wine and Spirit Competition. He is a member of the International Food & Wine Society, as well as a member of its Wine Committee.
I was born in Edessa in 1959. At the age of 13 I moved to Athens to seek my fortune ... I graduated from the 2nd night Gymnasium of Ambelokipoi. In 1985, after experiencing a diverse mix of jobs , I opened a wine/drinks off-license in Paleo Faliro. I was won over by the history and beauty of wine and in collaboration with my brother, George, through the company Aiolos Ltd that we created, we believe that we contributed to the dissemination and development of the small producers of Greece as they were then known. At the same time, we began the importation of wines from all over the world. Meeting with Konstantinos Lazarakis MW was a catalytic moment. At the time he was without title but later became the first and still only Master of Wine - MW in Greece . In his bright face, everyone - not just me - can see his love and passion for wine and his incredible need to impart that knowledge to others. So we established WSPC® to fulfil this mission. Our main supporter in this endeavour is our dear and very likeable Antonia Kiriazis - but a Cerberus when it comes to matters of company management!