Ania Smolec: wine is her vocation
Ania Smolec is a wine journalist, wine taster, and wine communicator.
She has been working in the wine industry for more than fifteen years and during that time she was a columnist of several wine titles, on the top two very close and important magazines: Świat Wina (Poland) and Vitis Magazine (Chile). In addition, she is an editor in chief of review “Restauracja” which is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to restaurants, chefs, and HoReCa industry in Poland www.e-restauracja.com
Furthermore, Ania was a judge in many wine competitions around the world, such as: Vinitaly Concurso Enologico, Concours Mondial de Bruxelle, Citadelles du Vins, Vinos de La Cordillera, Selezione Nacionale Vini da Pesca, Grenache du Monde, Rose Championship, Anteprima Amarone and others.
As a teenage girl, she was inventing challenges for her future self and one of these challenges was a promise that one day she will learn about wine and be able to juggle with all wine terms and descriptions.
Years ago, she interviewed some famous European fragrance makers. And many of them told her that she is a kind of aromas freak (for a not trained nose she had an unusual skill to recognize aromas and a huge aromas library-memory) and she said to herself: “Wine it is”.
Seeking wine and food experiences, she has visited 6 continents and hundreds of wineries. The last ten years Ania Smolec has been living full time in Chile, however her base stays in Warsaw. Moreover, the wine activities she conducts are in different countries: South America, Australia, China, Thailand.
As for her engagements in Chile, she organizes wine tours for professionals and private clients to the country, like the Vitis Wine Tour for Master Sommeliers. Ania is also a Producer and member of the tasting panel of Chilean wine guide Vinos con Cuento by Eduardo Brethauer.
One of her brightest projects is the website www.pink-mode.com about rose wines and rose lifestyle and all that it contains.