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Wojciech Bońkowski MW

Wojciech Bońkowski MW

Became an MW 2023

Based in Poland

Nationality Polish

Languages English, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish


Wojciech Bońkowski is a wine writer from Poland.

He obtained an MA in Italian literature and PhD in musicology from the University of Warsaw with a dissertation on Chopin’s editions published in Polish and English (2006). His book on Chopin’s favourite food and wines, Chopin Gourmet, was published in English by the Chopin Institute in 2010.

Simultaneously he developed a career in wine, working in London before returning to Poland where he published eight books and founded the country’s leading wine website, Winicjatywa (2012), and wine magazine, Ferment (2017, with Ewa Rybak and Ewa Wieleżyńska). The Ferment media group now also includes a wine events agency, wine school, and publishing house.

Wojciech is active internationally as a writer, wine market consultant and judge, notably at Decanter World Wine Awards and 50 Great Greek Wines.

He was President of the Polish Wine Trade Association (2015–22) and is a member of the Académie Internationale du Vin.

He currently focuses on the wines of Italy, Greece, Austria, Central and Eastern Europe including Poland’s booming industry, Port, Madeira, and Champagne, as well as gin and rum.

And he actually has another life as a tea taster.

Current employer: Ferment

Primary area(s) of work: Strategy, Communication

Industry sector(s): Author, Business owner, Buying, Consultant, Educator, Events, Journalism, Market access, Marketing research, Wine business strategy, Wine buying, Wine judge, Wine tourism

Wine styles: Aszú, Cava, Champagne, Cremant, Dry wines, Fortified wines, Madeira, Marsala, Natural, Port, Prosecco, Sekt, Sherry, Sparkling wine, Still red, Still rosé, Still white, Still wines, Sweet wines, Tokaji, VDN

Wine region expertise: Alto Adige, Austria, Croatia, Douro, Eastern Europe, Greece, Hungary, Hungary Tokaj, Italy, Piedmont, Portugal, Sicily, Western Balkans, Poland

Market expertise: Poland

Specialisms: Broadcasting, Digital communications, Education, Events, Food and wine pairing, History of wine, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Marketing wine, Music and wine pairing/events, Events, Routes to market, Supermarket and multiple retail, Training, Wine laws and regulations, Wine marketing research, Wine judging