Alessandra Esteves: The Founder of Florida Wine Academy

Teaching About Wine To Latin America

Alessadra Esteves Walter MartinoBy: Claudia Repsold

When you think of a wine expert, certainly the first thing that comes to mind is not a Brazilian, let alone a woman, in an industry that does not promote gender-equality opportunity. However, Alessandra Esteves overcame all the challenges and became a household name in the wine business both in Brazil and in the US.

I met with Esteves while she was giving a food and wine pairing micro-seminars with the “Million Dollar” chef Water Martino, at the Home Design Show in Miami. She was stunning in a perfect red dress, her sober voice reflecting a deep knowledge of wines kept the audience engaged throughout the micro seminar.


Esteves is one of only 8,500 people worldwide who hold a Level 4 Wine & Spirit Education Trust diploma, considered the highest wine certification. She also has a Champagne Master level, by the Wine Scholar Guild.

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