Joana Alonso was born in Porto, curiously into a wine producing family. Actually, the first time she drove a car was in the tortuous roads of the Douro Valley Wine Region. Considering this background, choosing a University degree was easy: Agriculture Engineering, specializing in Viticulture and Oenology.
After taking skilled vineyard and winery work at some of the best Quintas in Portugal, Joana then decided to experience different cultures. She worked as a Brand Ambassador in Shanghai for a prestigious wine brand for 3 years; then Joana moved to Macau acting as a Business Development Manager for a wine importer and finally spent 5 years in England working at different aspects of the wine business.
Joana first joined Sogrape in 2016 while still living in the UK. Now based in Porto, Portugal, Joana takes part of Sogrape´s Marketing team working as a Wine Educator, leading workshops both in Portugal and abroad to varied audiences.
Joana lives with her family in the Vinho Verde country side where she enjoys gardening, antique hunting, cooking for her family and drinking wine in the garden.
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