Today, Luca Gardini is known as the Wine Killer thanks to the success garnered by his international project, GardiniNotes.com, developed exclusively in English and home to his ratings for wines from every part of the world. An expert communicator of wine and influential Italian palate at the international level, Gardini is the first Italian critic to become part of WineSearcher, the largest database and enological search engine in the world, in good company with some of the most important international professionals of the sector, from noted periodicals. Among these are Robert Parker, Tim Atkin, Jancis Robinson, and James Suckling.
Gardini pens a weekly column entitled Gazza Golosa for the Gazzetta dello Sport, which publishes his Top 50 every year, and together with Luciano Ferraro oversees the guide Vignaioli e Vini d’Italia published by the Corriere della Sera. The lates collaborations (2017 and 2018) are with two magazines. The first is Chi Mondadori Editore and the second and last one is Forbes, italian edition.
His projects in the world of wine are numerous. Gardini is the creator of the BIWA-Best Italian Wine Awards, which each year celebrates the 50 best wines of Italy chosen by an international jury of the highest caliber, comprised of Lu Jang, Kenichi Ohashi, Amaya Cervera, Tim Atkin, Christy Canterbury, Othmar Kiem, Daniele Cernilli, Antonio Paolini, Pier Bergonzi, and Marco Tonelli.
Together with Pier Bergonzi, vice-director of the Gazzetta dello Sport, he created PopWine, a ranking of the 50 best Italian labels under 15 Euro. In 2014, he founded his Enoscuola, where every day impassioned students are taught how to taste wine following the rules of the Codice Gardini, a manual for wine lovers published in 2015.
Gardini participates as an expert opinion-leader in numerous wine festivals in Italy and abroad, such as Vinitaly, Ein Prosit, Barolo/Brunello, Merano Wine Festival, Vin Expo, ProWein, ExpoVinis, the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, Weekend de Grand Cru in Bordeaux as Italian and IWSP in Praga as Italian winespoken, and Bacchus in Madrid.
Date of Birth: 7th September 1990
His formation started in the family wine-house, Enoteca Enotria, where his dad represented a perfect example. Eros learned from him the art of selling.
He studied oenology in Trento but did not conclude his studies at university for getting the Sommelier diploma in Austria and, later, the Certified Sommelier diploma for the court of London Master Sommelier.
Meanwhile, he worked at Art Hotel Elizabeth, one of the best luxury hotels in Austria and in Europe Top 10.
He graduated as World Champion in the World WSA Contest, in June 2018.
His future project is to try to get the Advanced Sommelier diploma for the court of London Master Sommelier.
He loves rieslings and sparkling wines, but most of all he reckons that it is important that both the major and the small producers respect the terroir stylistic mark.