Eleonora Scholes: created a Russian-language Internet resource dedicated to fine wines


Eleonora Scholes is an award-winning food and wine journalist, who has been writing about wine for over twenty years. She is an official ambassador for the Langhe wines (Barolo and Barbaresco) and part of the team of authors of the international bestselling wine guide Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.

Before making Italian wines her beloved topic on her website, she was writing on fine wines for numerous publications in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, UK, USA and other countries. Eleonora`s articles appeared in Forbes, Decanter, Falstaff, The World of Fine Wine. She translated Nicolas Joly’s From Sky to Earth into Russian, as well as co-authored several wine books in Russian and in English, including The Wine Opus (published by Dorling Kindersley).

As if writing wasn’t enough, she was involved in consulting projects and spoke at international wine events thanks to her marketing background. She was a long-standing Russian correspondent for Meininger’s Wine Business International. Her consulting services were retained by Wine Intelligence and Vinitaly International. Eleonora was a speaker at a number of high-profile international events (the MW Symposium, FineWine, the London International Wine Fair, Vinitaly, etc.). Furthermore, she was a judge at a number of international wine competitions and continue to evaluate wines at select Italian events.

Also, Eleonora is a founder and editor of the www.spaziovino.com. project, which she is extremely proud of. The project was born in 2012 when she made the decision to drop the rocketing international wine career and write exclusively about Italian wines as well as lifestyle. It was ambitiously launched as the premier Russian website for Italian wines, and this year spaziovino.com is celebrating a milestone – its first ten years.

Visiting the world’s finest vineyards, speaking at prestigious wine business events, attending rare and exclusive tastings, was exchanged for setting up an online Russian language resource that would concentrate on the beautiful wines, many of them still little known, of bel paese. And she has never regretted it.

Being based in Italy for years helped Eleonora to keep abreast of its wine developments. Travelling the Italian peninsula from Aosta to Sicily, visiting all wine regions from famous to obscure, meeting all sorts of Italian wine people and tasting thousands of wines. Surely, she is doing her best and dedicates all her passion to report it all on spaziovino. And she is having fun doing it.

Take a quiz. How sweet is Prosecco Extra Dry? Who’s the latest artist for Ornellaia Vendemmia d’Artista? What happened to the founders of the Brunello consortium that was set up in 1967? How does Perricone taste? What is the best beach in Sardinia on which to enjoy a glass of wine? What grape does the president of Damiani jewellery grow to make his house wine? Is the era of the supertuscans over? How long is Amarone aged for before release? What came first – Ferrari cars or Ferrari wines? How do top Italian brands perform at Liv-ex? What Barolo 2016 can you recommend? What’s the next hottest wine area in Italy? A tip: look for answers at spaziovino.com.

There is more. Why not have a glass of wine, make some Italian snacks and enjoy an aperitivo like Italians do? Last year, taking advantage of the chronic Italian lockdowns, Italian food writer and friend Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn and she had a few drinks together – and then wrote Aperitivo, The Italian Happy Hour.

As Eleonora says “Without false modesty, this is a unique book, showing how Italians enjoy a satisfying drink paired with flavourful food. Paola provided recipes, all tested in her home kitchen and I came up with suggestions for Italian wines, vermouth, gin (yes, Italian!) and cocktails. The book has just been published in Denmark. Paola and I are looking forward to having it published in other countries and languages.”