Isabel Kottmann discovered her love for wine during a one-year stay in France as an au pair, (her host family regularly indulged in the combination of red wine and oysters - although she preferred red wine from the beginning...).
After training as a hotel manager at the Maritim Grand Hotel, Hannover and working in gastronomy for the first few years, she was always drawn to faraway destinations. Initially, she travelled around the world, as a hotel assistant, onboard the cruise ship MS Astor.
Before, and during, her business administration studies at the University of Trier, she completed internships at wineries in France (Château Lascombes, Margaux) and Chile (Viña Casa Donoso, Talca) as well as in the Mosel Region Wine Promotion Department. During an 8-month internship at the German National Tourist Board, and in the trade fair department of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, she wrote her diploma thesis on the possibilities of electronic networking.
Over the years, Isabel Kottmann became more and more fascinated by her two great passions - wine and tourism. After many exciting years as an export and marketing assistant for a German winery, an occupation-related degree, achieving a Level 4 Diploma, at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) in London, and several years as a freelancer (www.winecharms.de), she has now been working for the Spanish family business, González Byass, for 4.5 years, travelling all over Germany. She always has a good bottle of wine to share, and the desire to infect guests with her enthusiasm.
The experiences, training and encounters of her life so far, fit together to create a colourful mosaic, and Isabel looks forward to adding many more colourful pieces to this mosaic with you!