hi, I'm Ela
so nice to meet you!
At a glance
Privately.. My name is Ela. I was born and raised in Poland. I live nearby Saint Emilion, in a traditional old French estate surrounded by vineyards. I am passionate about many things and wine is one of them.
Business-wise... I am an expert in wine as well as in marketing and management. I have more than ten years of marketing and management experience, and since 2011 I've been involved in wine industry. At the moment I am my own boss - it is the best boss I ever had ;)
I have a Master degree in Marketing and Management with a diploma in Business Management. As a matter of fact, I am also an engineer, as I have accomplished a Master of Science degree after studying at Poznan University of Technology.
I am certified by Wine and Spirits Education Trust (level 3 advanced) and I am now preparing to sit the WSET level 4 Diploma. I learn from winemakers, wine producers, Masters of Wine and other amazing wine people whom I meet on a day to day basis (living in the heart of the wine world is helping a lot!).
"Follow your bliss
and the universe
will open doors
where there were
I got the job in one of the world biggest home-delivery wine companies in 2011. I knew nothing about wine at that time, I just got the job in marketing and 'wine' was an additional thing that, to be honest, I didn't care about at all. I've been told I did not need any wine knowledge, I just needed to be good in marketing. I was fine with that!
It was my boss, however, who pushed me to wine. Yet, he didn't say ''Ela, I think you will like it, taste some wines, read some books, you will see that being passionate about wine is super exciting''. Instead, I've heard ''You have to learn it all or I will fire you''. It was my first week in that place. Can you imagine??
if it's meant to be ...
I knew nothing about wine and I had to dive in to keep my job. I started a wine blog the same day. It was so huge amount of knowledge to absorb and I needed a space to keep the notes with an easy access from everywhere. I started to learn, because I had to. About a week later I was in love with wine and obsessed with learning more about it.
I wish I could have a chance to say THANK YOU to him.. although he was the way he was, the truth is that it was him who pushed me into wine. If not him (followed by many other fantastic people and wonderful opportunities), I wouldn't be where I am now...
... then it will be!
At the beginning Wine Lady was just a private 'online notebook' and no one else had access to it. About a year or year and a half later I made it public, so other people could learn with me.
In 2014/2015 I abandoned writing in Polish and switched to English, which meant starting everything literally from the scratch.
The years of 2016 and 2017 were at the same time calm and crazy in many ways. I wanted something bigger than 'just a passionate wine blog', especially that I found wine business and wine marketing strategies very interesting. I got more involved in wine tastings and wine tours in the area of Saint Emilion, Bordeaux and Arcachon. Meanwhile, I was looking for new directions I would like to push ahead with Wine Lady.
From the year of 2018, however, Wine Lady has no longer been only about online wine writing. As a person I have gone through massive transformations, the industry has dramatically changed over last couple of years and it was time for Wine Lady to evolve as well.
I'm here today to provide the opportunities of the most remarkable and unforgettable wine experience, whether you are a tourist visiting Bordeaux for the first time, or a wine professional. I'd like to take you on a journey that will change your perception of wine - for ever!
In the meantime (well, to be exact, it was in the first half of 2014) I moved near Saint Emilion, and since few years I am...
living the dream!
So here I am, living my dream in Bordeaux wine region, just a stone's throw from Saint Emilion (if you consider someone is strong enough to throw a stone that far :p).
The Universe was very generous for me, when giving me this opportunity and the strength to follow through. I know how lucky I am.
I used to dream about that one special day in which I would visit Saint Emilion, now it's my 'home town'.
I used to dream about going to see the vineyard and the winery in reality; now it's something I do on a daily basis.
I was wondering whether I will visit a chateau one day in my life; now I spend most of my time in the greatest Bordeaux chateaux.
I was inspired by so many wine people and their amazing stories, dreaming about the life with passion; now I hope I might be an inspiration for others, so they believe in themselves and take another step towards their dreams. It is worth it.
"Take the first step in faith.
You don't have to see
the whole staricase.
Just take the first step."
-Martin Luther King Jr-
a lady with a passion for...
I am passionate about so many things and I could write about them, well, a lot. However, let me show you my interests from a different point of view. As ''a picture is worth a thousand words'...
wanna join me?
I wish you join me in my wine adventure, so together we explore the passionate world of wine.
I wish you walk along with me through fascinating world of modern marketing and high level strategy art, so we both make our businesses more successful.
I wish you find a motivation to share your comments and opinions with me, so we can learn from each other, grow and become better.
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I'd like you to be inspired by what I do and how I do it.
I would love to show you the area I live in, my Saint Emilion, which is so different than 'a Saint Emilion' from the books and tourists guides. My Saint Emilion has its own spirit; it has a heart and a soul, so worthwhile exploring.
I'd like to encourage you so you take another step, so you are confident to get out of your comfort zone, and believe that you can make your dreams come true.
Just have a little faith ;)
If, by any chance, you don't believe in yourself strong enough, I want you to remember that I believe in you.
I really do believe you are good enough, interesting enough and worthy enough to accomplish everything you want. Whatever choice you make for yourself, it will be the right one for that moment. Dream and make your dreams come true. You are capable of doing so.
few last words
I would like to make sure you are aware that all of my reviews and posts present my own opinion. They are based on my own experience and knowledge, which I gain from other people and by visiting places as well as books, film, courses and programs. If I quote any source, I will give back the credits. Similarly, I will inform you when I publish a guest post or add affiliate links to products.
At Wine-Lady.com you will not find any negative or insulting comments either about specific wines or particular people. Everyone has its own taste and the right to have own opinion. Moreover, even just one bottle of wine requires effort of many people involved in the production process, so being silent about their mistakes I want to show them respect they deserve.
I write for people who are at the legal age of drinking. Although I cover many marketing, business, tourism- and education-based topics, I also write about wines and spirits. It means that at Wine-Lady.com you will find alcohol related content, wine tasting tips, info about wine producers and brands, as well as news about wine tours, wine tastings, wine workshops, and wine products I sell.
Therefore you need to be at the legal drinking age in your country in order to participate in my workshops, tastings or tours, read any content of Wine-Lady.com, join my email list and follow me on social networks.
Remember that alcohol may be harmful for your health and alcohol abuse may be dangerous for you and your beloved ones. Drink with moderation.
Thank you for being here with me and thank you for your participation.
Ela, Wine Lady