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Caroline Hermann MW

Caroline Hermann MW

Became an MW 2018

Based in United States

Nationality American

Languages English


Caroline brings a unique perspective to the wine sector as an attorney with a focus on corporate sustainability, environmental law, and international trade.

Based in Washington DC, Caroline leads the Import-Export Program for wine, beer, and spirits in the US Department of the Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Prior to joining TTB, Caroline was a Federal Enforcement Attorney for over a decade in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Civil Enforcement. She has also served as the General Counsel to an environmental non-profit organisation. There, she focused her work on corporate sustainability reporting, with a focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment factors.

Caroline began her wine journey in 2005, working in retail wine sales while pursuing her studies with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Now a certified WSET instructor, Caroline teaches wine industry professionals at the Capital Wine School.

Caroline consults for wineries, trains restaurant wine and beverage staff, and judges international wine competitions. She is active on a number of non-profit Boards, including the IMW Council and IMW Governance Committee.

Current employer: US Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Tax & Trade

Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Strategy

Industry sector(s): Distribution, Agency/Importer, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge, Corporate sustainability reporting, ESG, International trade, Import/Export, Market access

Wine styles: Natural, Sparkling wine, Champagne, Still wines

Wine region expertise: USA

Market expertise: Europe, North America, International trade, Import/Export, Treaties, Trade agreements, WWTG, APEC, CODEX

Specialisms: Sustainability, Acquisition of vineyards, Organic viticulture, Commercial advice on vinyard establishment, Legal compliance with land use, water, air, Waste handling regulations, Environmental impacts, Economics of wine production, Legal compliance with authorised oenological practices, Packing and labelling, Bulk shipment, Legal compliance on authorised packaging and labelling, Supply chain efficiency, Marketing wine, Investment strategies, Financial and commercial structures, Corporate sustainability reporting, ESG, Routes to market, Importation, Distribution, Direct to consumer, Events, Food and wine pairing, Wine auctions, Wine labels, Wine laws and regulations, Supply chain efficiency, Customs clearance, Tax, Wine judging