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The Judges

Heidi Mäkinen MW

Wine Ambassador, Viinitie Oy

Heidi is currently working in Helsinki as a wine ambassador for a wine importing company Viinitie where her main tasks are on-trade wine education and portfolio development. 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. Heidi teaches WSET at all levels and judges in various international wine competitions.