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Heidi Mäkinen MW

Heidi Mäkinen MW

Became an MW 2019

Based in Finland

Nationality Finnish

Languages English, Finnish, French

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Heidi is the Portfolio Manager and a Partner of a Finnish wine importing company Viinitie. After gaining her Bachelor of Arts with theatre and drama research as her major, she followed her bigger passion to work in hospitality and with wine. Before her current job she worked for 12 years on the restaurant floor, both in Finland and the UK. She became the Best Sommelier of Finland and the second in Chaîne des Rôtisseur’s Jeunes Sommeliers of the World in 2015, and the eight Best Sommelier of the World in 2016. She was selected as one of The Future 50 by WSET and IWSC in 2019 and is currently the President of the Finnish Sommelier Association. In addition to her daily job, Heidi teaches WSET at all levels, judges in various international wine competitions and gives presentations on wine both in Finland and around the world.

Current employer: Viinitie

Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Communication

Industry sector(s): Agency/Importer, Buying, Consultant, Distribution, Educator, Import/Export, Off trade, On trade, Project management, Wine judge

Wine styles: Cava, Champagne, Fine and rare wines, Sparkling wine, Still red, Still white, Still wines

Wine region expertise: Austria, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, France, Galicia, Germany, Penedes, Piedmont, Spain

Market expertise: Europe, Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Finland

Specialisms: Distribution, Events, Food and wine pairing, HORECA, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Importation, Podcasts, Restaurant wines, Supplier/customer relationships, Training, Wine judging