Kristina found her passion for the wine world in a glass of German Riesling Sekt, which inspired her to open an import and distribution company in Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia.
She has a BCom degree, worked in Germany and France. She started learning wine in SA, at the CWA and worked as a specialized client manager for New World Wines in Johannesburg until 2009, when the company was sold. She established contacts among winemakers through regular visits and participation in trade shows. She completed her Cape Wine Master in 2010 and wrote her dissertation on “The future of Riesling in SA and what we can learn from the recent improvements in Germany (example the Rheingau)”.
In 2014 she became the Principal of the Cape Wine Academy, specializing in tertiary and public wine education, formed by the industry in 1979. Towards the end of 2018 she resigned, and is involved with wine education and consulting, marketing/sales, translations, judging in wine.
She has travelled extensively, and visited the wine lands of the world, including Napa, Bordeaux, Languedoc, Rioja and many German and Austrian wine regions, always in pursuit of “typicity” from the area.
She is member of the wine-club, the Wild Yeasts, in Johannesburg, is member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux, and often entertains or consults to corporations and institutions. She is a lecturer (for the courses at the Cape Wine Academy), a certified educator for WSET courses, and has completed the Wine Judging Academy in 2017 and the Sherry Educator program in 2018. She was awarded Honors in August 2019 for the title of FWS of WineScholarGuild.
She judges at the prestigious IWSC in London, UK and in South Africa. She has also judged at local competitions, amongst others at the biggest competition in South Africa, the Veritas Awards, the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Sommelier competition and the Distell Interhotel Challenge.
She writes articles for www.wine.co.za and the Institute of Cape Wine Masters (www.icwm.co.za).