Alessandra Esteves, Director of Wine Education, Florida Wine Academy (USA)
Years In Industry:
I began my career as a corporate lawyer before transitioning into the wine business in 2012, first as a passionate writer and podcaster, and then as an educator. In 2016, I took a chance and moved to Miami to found the Florida Wine Academy, which quickly became the leading wine education business in Florida.
As Director of Wine Education, I am responsible for training our educators, teaching courses and classes in three languages, and tutoring candidates for different certifications. I am also the co-founder of Miami Champagne Week and VinoSummit, the first conference for wine professionals in Florida.
My Biggest Challenge To Wellness:
Being your own boss can be a great experience, and I am able to create new exciting classes and courses. But I have to exercise discipline and self-motivation on a daily basis. I also pressure myself to be a better professional and better educator each day, so I tend to work a lot. Most of the days I am at the office at 8.30am and will not leave before 9pm, if we have classes. The free time that I have is dedicated to family.
How I Keep It Together To Stay Well:
I constantly tell people how I meditated during the Unit 3 exam of the WSET Diploma, which helped me pass the exam with merit. Yoga and meditation are an essential part of my life. I have two valuable apps, Daily Yoga, which allows me to practice yoga anywhere anytime, and Sattva, with guided meditations that I use at work, during traffic or before sleeping.