Pedro Ballesteros, MW holds an Agronomical Engineer degree and a Master’s in Viticulture and Oenology. He received the WSET Diploma with distinction and became Master of Wine on the first try in 2010. Pedro also studied around the world, including in the wine regions of Jerez, Rheingau, Burgundy, Napa and Bordeaux. A columnist at several papers and magazines in Spain and Belgium, he also regularly writes for wine magazines in the UK and Italy. Pedro works in four languages. He is also a chair in major international wine competitions, including Decanter’s WWA, Vinitaly’s 5Stars, Concour Mondial Bruxelles, Bacchus and others. Ballesteros is active in the fields of promotion and education and sits in the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine; the governing board of the Spanish Taster Union; the Board of the International Federation of Wine Journalists; the Basque Culinary Centre’s Wine Committee and other institutions. He is also a national expert for Spain at OIV and a member of Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino.