ABOUT

FLORIDA WINE ACADEMY

Florida Wine Academy is a wine education and consulting company, based in Miami, Florida.

FWA is a WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Approved Programme Provider that offers the following qualifications: WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines courses.

WSET wine certifications are designed for wine enthusiasts, sommeliers and other professionals in the beverage and hospitality industries, with an emphasis on product and business knowledge.

Florida Wine Academy offers consulting and on-site training services. This includes helping restaurants design their wine lists, and training staff on wine pairing, handling, and service.

Additionally, FWA provides services for business, such as seminars & educational tastings and corporate events, as well as for individuals, such as wine cellar management, advice on buying wine (fine and rare, when to taste), auction representation for wine collectors and private tastings.

ALESSANDRA ESTEVES

Alessandra Esteves is the Director of Wine Education for the Florida Wine Academy. She is a WSET Certified Educator and holds the WSET Level 4 (Diploma) in Wines & Spirits. She also has a Champagne Master Level, by the Wine Scholar Guild.

Having studied wine since 2004, she has dedicated herself in recent years to becoming the distinguished wine professional that she is today. In 2016, she earned her Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, the highest qualification that this renowned organization awards.

Ms. Esteves’ articles on wine and related subjects have been published in three books, and in magazines in different countries. She has written a 40-page treatise about the Chinese wine and spirits market which is available online. Ms. Esteves has also served as an Associate Judge at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. More recently, Ms. Esteves participated as a Competition Judge at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention & Exposition.

Alessandra Esteves hosts and produces the Happy Hour Radio Show on Jolt Radio, which airs every 3rd Wednesday of the month on joltradio.org. Previously, Ms. Esteves practiced as a corporate lawyer in Brazil and Germany, having joined the Brazilian Bar Association in 2000. She is fluent in Portuguese, German, English, Italian, and Spanish; and has acquired a primary proficiency in French.

GUILHERME MACEDO

Guilherme Macedo is the co-founder and General Manager of the Florida Wine Academy.

Mr. Macedo has a BA and MBA in Business Administration and has worked in the Chemical industry for more than 15 years. His professional career led him to work in Germany, Switzerland, Brasil and Central America and he is fluent in 4 languages. He worked as a Controller, Business Manager and as Country Head, and his primary expertise is Business Development and Business Strategy.

At the Florida Wine Academy, he is responsible for developing new partnerships with corporations, associations, and chambers of commerce, oversee all back office activities and ensure quality control at all levels.

Mr. Macedo has recently passed the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits with distinction and will continue his wine education so that he can contribute more to the Academy.

BRENDA POO

Brenda Poo is a marketing specialist at Florida Wine Academy.

She graduated from Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and has 11 years of advertising experience. Her passion for wine has led her to become a French Wine Scholar recipient and is WSET Level 2 certified.

Mrs. Poo is enthusiastic about continuing her wine education. “I want to keep increasing my level of expertise. There’s so much more to learn and explore. That’s what makes the world of wine so exciting for me.”