DWWA judge profile: Leonid Fadeev

Leonid Fadeev is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)

Leonid Fadeev

Leonid Fadeev began his wine career began in March 2013 when he received a job offer to run a vine growing and winemaking start-up, Cote Rocheuse, a beautiful, quality-oriented vineyard of 32 hectares, in the Krasnodar Region in the south of Russia.

In 2014 having a thirst for wine knowledge, Leonid started working towards his wine qualifications. He studied at the World Sommelier Academy of Bordeaux (WorldSom). He successfully qualified as the Magister Sommelier (so far the only one from Russia) and became Commandeurs d’Honneur of the Commanderie du Bontemps de Médoc, des Graves, de Sauternes et de Barsac. He has since achieved his DipWSET and Weinakademiker qualifications.

Leonid is also engaged as a judge in international wine competitions. He has been a panel member in 5StarWines (Italy), the Russian Wines Competition (Russia) and VinAgora (Hungary).

Leonid is the founder of vineandwine.vin website where he shares his wine knowledge and tasting experience.

He is currently working at Cote Rocheuse as Executive Director, developing the company, finalizing the design of a hi-tech winery, whilst continuing his wine education, working towards the Master of Wine qualification.

He joins DWWA for the first time as a judge in 2019.