Alumni testimonials

The WINTOUR program has the aim to prepare broadly trained, highly adaptable and qualified professionals in the tourism and wine industries for the developing sector of Wine Tourism. Check out our alumni testimonials and discover, through their stories, some of the possible job opportunities after the WINTOUR studies. 


Yekaterina Britskaya – INTAKE 2016/18


Experience as WINTOUR student: "Looking back on two years of Wintour master, I realize that the program has given me much more that I could ever ask for.
Apart from traveling across three well-known wine countries and learning from true professionals coming from both academic and business sectors, I've made friends all over the world becoming a part of a new family, Wintour family.
With the networking and all the skills that I've acquired on this beautiful wine journey, I can definitely recommend this program to everyone interested in becoming a part of the world of wine and tourism."

Career prospects: “Currently based in Spain, working as a freelance wine tourism specialist: guiding visits and wine tastings; wine routes development; writing articles on wine tourism destinations.”

Matteo Di Donato - INTAKE 2016/18


Experience as WINTOUR student: "I've loved being in touch with other 24 people from many different countries, sharing knowledges from different working environments. Having lived in 3 countries, visiting wineries, being in touch with professionals is an unique experience."

Career prospects: "Currently export manager for a wine company. I like the way wine is linked to the territory, to his history, art, music, food..."

Francisco Fraguas - INTAKE 2016/18


Experience as WINTOUR student: "Incredible experience. A wide and complete scope about the wine culture of three big player countries of the wine world. Amazing 2 years where learning was part of a journey with people from all over the world that became my friends for the rest of my life."

Career prospects: "My prospects will always be as winemaker and working in the vineyards. To create outstanding wines has been my passion and dream from the beginning. Nevertheless, after completing Wintour, I feel totally prepared to get involved in the wine trade business and develop any wine tourism project that may arise in the future."

David Gertiser - INTAKE 2016/18


Experience as WINTOUR student: "I joined WINTOUR without any knowledge or background in wine, but with a lot of passion. The program built on my skills I developed in my other studies and gave me the tools to catch up with my classmates. By the end I left confident in my knowledge and capacities, both in wine making and in tourism development."

Career prospects: "I currently work at Gratavinum winery in the Priorat, where I create and coordinate wine tourism both at the winery and across the broader region.”

Shu Li - INTAKE 2016/18


Experience as WINTOUR student: "It is my greatest honor to be the first cohort of graduates of WINTOUR programme. Two years study in three different countries could be the best experience in my life ever! I treasured the knowledge of wine and friendship built in this programme. Appreciate all the efforts of the consortium work and I am willing to promote wine culture to more Asian people!"

Career prospects: “Now I am pleased to work in my former university as a teaching assistant in Hong Kong. I enjoy the time in campus and working with professors and students. It always keeps me learning and thinking. Of course, WINTOUR helps me a lot in my study experiences, networks, communication skills and tourism-related knowledge. Although I am working in sustainable tourism development, I still read and learn about wine for my interests. Because wine is a panacea, it is joyful and bring people closer!”


Claudia de Melo - INTAKE 2016/18


Experience as WINTOUR student: “Wintour program offers an excellent opportunity to live the wine tourism reality in Europe. You gain a lot of insights from current players, improve your skills by working in wineries, wine shops, etc., and grow & improve your network.”

Career prospects: “Wine cellars (on wine tourism field), wine trade companies, wine tourism agencies, establish your own company and create new services and products for the wine sector.”

Aline Urbán - INTAKE 2016/18


Experience as WINTOUR student: "The most amazing experience in a lifetime, networking and enjoying every single day in a different environment with deep knowledge of the wine business."

Career prospects: "Winemaker, Wine tourism manager, Wine Importer/Exporter, Gastronomy tourism.”