Agnieszka Rousseau (the one who’s often having conversations with yeasts)

 

AiP

In wine industry since over 20 years. A qualified winemaker ( with a Diplôme National d'Oenologue from Montpellier University, France). Started professional carrier as a clinical pharmacist, but quickly worked out that oenology is far more creative and fun. ( but she admits that scientific background specially microbiology and chemistry were very useful in her later work.)

 

She’s got considerable experience in wine and spirits production ( Used to work for years on both hemispheres as a winemaking consultant ( which she still does, just limited herself to Europe), run a large winery and two chateaux in South Western France, “civilise” sovhozes and be involved in armagnac and grappa production, not to mention home made vodkas :-) (nalewki) which is a national tradition in Poland ) as well as in wine education. So far her wines gained over 200 medals on most prestigous international wine competitons and were served on tables of the White house, Kremlin, Royal Couple of Japan and Prince of Monaco.

 

She used to work as a wine journalist, she’a an author of many articles in professional magasines as well as the first book about cider making technology written in Polish. (Cydr z polskich jabłek). She’s cofounder and vice president of the Women and Wines of the World Association and judge for several international wine competitions. Lecturer at the Jagiellonian University. Non govemental wine expert cooperating with KKŻ FAO/WHO .

 

 

Piotr Jaskóła (the one who insisted to set the vineyard on precisely this montain)

 

Graduate of the Agricultural University Forestry Department in Krakow. Ecologist blending his enormous knowledge of nature with huge intuition letting him to relize the most crazy ideas. Like creation of his first vineyard in the middle of Silesian agglomeration ( for most Poles matching rather with the word industrial ) What seemed to be absurd, turned out to be really spot on idea. His wines got numerous medals on wine competitions and one of them won a title of the best regional product in the country in 2012.

 

He was the first farmer in Poland who got right to sell oficially his wines at the farm. One of the initiators of changes in polish law allowing private wine producers to sell their wines legally. ( I’s possible since 2008) Founder of Silesian Winamakers associacion and for years it’s president.

 

It was him who discovered the unique terroir of Winnica Wieliczka and insisted to create an organic vineyard there. Convinced thet the wine is created in the vineyard and the quality of the fruits is crucial. He’s doing everything to make his grapevines feel happy. Not only by necessairy agricultural technics. Sometimes he’s having chat with them at 4am or they listen to Bach music together.