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New president and vice president for GWC

Great Wine Capitals (GWC) has appointed a new president and vice president following a vote by its executive committee during its latest AGM.

Mariana Juri of Mendoza, Argentina will join as president of GWC and Juan Marí Sáenz de Buruaga of Bilbao, Spain will take on the role of vice president.

GWC managing director, Catherine Leparmentier said: “We are excited to have elected Mariana Juri as President and Juan María Sáenz de Buruaga as Vice President to lead Great Wine Capitals towards our Strategy 2030 for the next two years. Their extensive and diverse skills and experience will combine to ensure that GWC delivers on its mission to promote and link the cities connected with the great wine regions of the world for knowledge sharing, tourism and business networking.” 

Juri said: “From Great Wine Capital Mendoza, I take on the task of leading the network in 2022 and 2023, with great responsibility and pride. It is a challenge that will undoubtedly provide us with many moments and opportunities to strengthen ties and establish exchanges between the cities in our global network.”

Juri added: “I also believe that this is the right time to optimise the network’s education programs and initiatives. We will create opportunities for educational improvement and exchange and also for joint development and growth including refresher programs in the winemaking field, and professional exchanges so that we can learn from each other’s experiences. We have a great challenge ahead of us, but together, as the great collaborative network that we are, we will make it possible.”

The new vice president of GWC believes that quality training is vital for the development of the wine tourism sector, with Juan Marí concluding: “There are opportunities among all the member cities and regions of Great Wine Capitals to promote the exchange of academic experiences and the strengthening of the relationship between universities with the aim of creating new employment opportunities and quality business projects. It would be very beneficial to be able to promote the exchange of students internationally between Great Wine Capitals cities and support them in their learning, putting them in contact with wineries and other member companies of the network that have proven experience in offering excellent wine tourism services.”

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