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Heidi Mäkinen MW

Heidi Mäkinen MW

Became an MW 2019

Based in Finland

Nationality Finnish

Languages Finnish, English, French


Heidi is currently working in Helsinki as a wine ambassador for a wine importing company Viinitie where her main tasks are portfolio management and wine education. 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. Heidi teaches WSET at all levels, judges in various international wine competitions and gives presentations around the world.

Current employer: Viinitie

Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Communication

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

Wine styles: Champagne, Cava, Still white, Still red, Still wines

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

Market expertise: Europe, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Finland

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