Isabel Kottmann

Germany / Mainz

Isabel Kottmann

My love for wine was ignited during the year I spent as an AuPair near Bordeaux in France
(my host family regularly indulged in the pairing of oysters with claret – whilst I had a very strong preference
for claret without the oysters...).

After two years as a hotel apprentice in the Maritim Grand Hotel in Hanover, Germany, and subsequent on-trade
experience in Maritim‘s upscale restaurants, I got itchy feet again and again and again: To begin with, they carried
me once around the world, as a hotel assistant onboard a cruise ship, MV Astor. Before and during my studies of
business administration at Trier University, I undertook traineeships with wineries in France
(Château Lascombes, Margaux) and Chile (Viña Casa Donoso, Talca) as well as with the Mosel region‘s national
marketing agency. I wrote my final thesis on ubiquitous computing during an eight month traineeship at the
German Industry and Commerce‘s Tourism and Trade Fair Departments in Hong Kong.

And from this experience, my two great passions were born – wine and tourism. Aftern having successfully passed
the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) Diploma in London, the time had come to realise my dream.

On behalf of my own company Wine Charms I host wine events internationally, lecture WSET courses Level 1-3,
and regularly form part of tasting panels at IWSC, IWC and Mundus Vini. And as Business Development Manager of
González Byass, I am right in the middle of Sherryland's current renaissance.

Wine Charms would like to enchant you - let‘s discover the fascinating world of wine together and enjoy
the adventures it has to offer! Salud!