Demetri Walters MW is a wine educator and presenter with many years of experience selling wine, providing product training, running wine schools, and hosting corporate & private wine tasting events to groups of all sizes, all over the world. Now an independent wine consultant, Demetri held both retail and trade-orientated positions for more than 18 years with the prestigious Berry Bros. & Rudd and Fields Morris & Verdin.
His approach to presenting wine is amusing, accessible and entertaining. He is an expert at leading wine tasting events, conducting private wine tuition, providing specialist presentations at third party wine fairs and Master of Wine educational seminars, and is a seasoned international wine judge. Demetri also operates wine list training and WSET education to the restaurant, venue and airline worlds. His remit is international and involves teaching wine students, private clients, on-trade customers (pub & restaurant teams, sommeliers and corporate wholesale customers) and distributors all over the world, including in Britain & Ireland, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Demetri was made a Master of Wine in 2013, his thesis for which brought him back to his formative interest in Cypriot wine as well as the ancient native grape varieties of the Hellenic World and the Levant. He is a consultant voice for numerous wine regions, particularly those of the Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe, and is a regular speaker on sweet and fortified wines.
“Demetri has hosted many Virgin Atlantic Crew training sessions which are extremely popular amongst the crew community due to his charisma and enthusiasm. Demetri tailors his delivery to his audience in a humorous and engaging manner which clearly demonstrates his experience and knowledge.
“Demetri’s professionalism, enthusiasm, and passion – not to mention his incredible knowledge have had a huge impact on my clients and me, so much so that my clients now pay for the events out of their own pocket – which says something in the world of corporate hospitality!
Many of my clients, and indeed myself, have also found Demetri’s education has led to us ‘catching the wine bug’ and opening wine accounts…
“I have known Demetri since circa 2004 as a wine adviser, educator, critic and host. Demetri has conceived and delivered very many wine tasting and education evenings, lunches and dinners over this time for Morgan Stanley colleagues and clients and his knowledge, experience, tasting and presentation skills have set him apart from his peer group. Demetri’s knowledge of wines, winemaking and winemakers across the world, new and old, is deep and well researched and his presentation skills are brilliant, for all audiences. We have consistently asked Demetri to host all of our client events centred around wine (and food), he has always delivered brilliantly, and the client feedback has been wholeheartedly positive. We will look to continuing to work with him in the future corporately and personally.
“I can attest that Demetri is a true professional in the wine arena: passionate, articulate and, above all, enthusiastic for whatever situation he was presented by us to do here in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
His ability to adapt training sessions on wine, and conversations around wine, to all levels of the community and nationalities here in the UAE, made his numerous visits here very worthwhile. It was fun and indeed a pleasure to have him working here in our market