I was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and for the last 30 years I have lived in Bordeaux and its surroundings. I came down to Bordeaux as an au-pair girl, fell in love with French landscapes, gastronomy, wine, culture and a Frenchman! Today, I live among the vineyards in the green, hilly wine district of Cadillac – Côtes de Bordeaux.

For the last 15 years, I have been working in the wine world. I am responsible for the 2 wine-trade programmes offered at the Bordeaux University: a Master in Wines and Spirits Business and a Vocational Bachelor Degree in Wine Business. These courses are carried out in partnership with the Institute of Vine & Wine Science, ISVV, and are strongly linked to companies in the wine sector. Over the years, I have built a solid network in the wine industry. At the university I teach international wine business, wine § culture and of course Bordeaux wine in all its forms.  

Along my academic activities I also work as a consultant for different companies: translation and interpreting, organisation of conferences and especially wine tours. My passion for wine has grown slowly but surely and I am now a WSET 3 graduate (passed with distinction) which allows me to have a solid knowledge of wine.

In recent years, I have organized conferences and wine tours for companies and individuals from the USA, India, Sweden etc. These varied experiences have given me a solid insight of the wine world and Bordeaux in particular, and this is what I want to share with you.

mariawineandwords.com Maria Melin Bonfils

Formations commerciales dans le vin

Master 2 CVS,Wine § Spirits Business

IAE, University of Bordeaux

mariawineandwords.com WSET 3

Maria försöker vårda både språk och vin

Maria är mästare i vinets hemland