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.
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.
It must be pinpointed that Konstantinos combined his MW Title with two awards given to those standing 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.
Konstantinos is a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) and the current Chair of the Trips Committee.
2004: Konstantinos founded W.S.P.C.®, 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 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 (74 countries*).
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.
2012: Konstantinos is awarded the “Honorary Weinakademiker” title by the Austrian Wine Academy for promoting wine education, becoming the 13th person ever to be honored 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 a mine of information on Greek wine covering the roots, as well as the exciting development met in the recent years.
Konstantinos Lazarakis MW is a highly regarded figure both in Greece and abroad. In the last 20 years he is the active advocate and ambassador of quality wines in the 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.
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. He is co-organizer 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.
*Number of countries correct at the time of editing.
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!