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International Center of Wine and Gastronomy (ICWAG) was founded in 2007 in Moscow (formerly «Autonomous enogastronomic University»). The idea of the Centre foundation belongs to Leonid Gelibterman, its President, the international expert with more than twenty years of experience in the market of alcoholic beverages, food and service industry.

The main concept of the ICWAG is connected with the implementation of programmes aimed at the improving of both professional and general level of gastronomic culture in Russia, and also with the realization of large-scale international projects in the field of gastronomy tourism.

The company operates in the following key areas:

  • marketing and consulting operations focused on the promotion of food and beverage of «premium» class to the Russian market, strategies development for the promotion of the individual countries and world regions, as well as their products in Russia and CIS countries;
  • international projects on the development of the inbound and domestic tourism in the Russian Federation;
  • organizing of large-scale events — business missions, international festivals, professional trade fairs, gastronomic dinners and master classes in various formats;
  • media planning of advertising campaigns and special marketing programmes;
  • administrative and enogastronomic support of business activities of clients;
  • organization of the educational programmes and workshops of various levels of difficulty for the professionals and amateurs;
  • assistance to the Russian food and beverage producers in entering to the foreign markets;
  • human resource development and educational activities, contributing to the implementation of new quality standards of life.

In order to maintain a proper qualification level the Centre’s staffs regularly participate in professional tastings, international tasting competitions, attend the master classes by famous specialists, receive additional education in related fields, and work at the international wine exhibitions and food fairs.

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The International Center of Wine and Gastronomy is an Affiliated member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), collaborates with a number of authoritative Russian and foreign companies, institutions and associations. Among them, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), the Russian Academy of national economy and state service under the President of the Russian Federation, School of business and international competences of the MGIMO, the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers of Russia, the Russian National Culinary Association, the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia.

In frames of its activities, the Center cooperates with the partners from more than 50 countries of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North and South America.

The Center has the extensive and stable relations in the regions of the Russian Federation, and also has the cooperation agreements with the Governments of the 5 Russian regions: the Astrakhan region, the Republic of Dagestan, the Perm region, the Republic Of Khakassia and the Yaroslavl region. ICWAG holds for its customers the activities in 40 regions of Russia and abroad — in Armenia, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

The Center's staffs and engaged experts are the professionals with extensive practical experience in the field of wine trade, food business, tourism, the authors of popular books, developers of the authorial training programmes, members of various Russian and international professional associations and unions.

Quality and result are the synonyms in our work!

jal"We would like to mark the high leveled organization of events, pleasing atmosphere for communication, wonderful cuisine and undoubtedly professionally prepared informational and cultural program of the evening. Please receive the sincere words of gratefulness for your contribution to the Japanese culture and art promotion. And also allow us to reveal hope for the further fruitful partnership".   

Kharuo Kaeyama                                                                                                                                                           Regional Manager of Japan Airlines Co., LTD

aus"We are grateful to you and your colleagues for the brilliant organization and holding of the Australian cuisine evening “Taste of Australia”.  Great professionalism, cheerful, friendly atmosphere created a bright impression upon us. That was a terrific evening and we got great pleasure to be there. Events of this kind undoubtedly serve as an effective instrument of promotion products and wines and also popularization of Australian cuisine in general. Thank you very much for the initiative and energy during the organization of the event".

 Dan Tibbat                                                                                                                                                                          Minister-counsellor plenipotentiary                                                                                                                                                                                       Embassy of Australia                                                                                                                                                                                                             Moscow

esp"According to our point of view the Spanish Wines and Gourmet Products Salon in Ekaterinburg was organized brilliantly in all means: the place, the master class, the registration of the quests, the presence of specialized professionals for home companies, the work with local press etc. We express our deep gratefulness to Elena Baybakova also, she is a very reliable and responsible professional, and without her such high level of organization couldn’t have been maintained".

David Feyjoo                                                                                                                                                                             Embassy of Spain                                                                                                                                                               Head of Wine and Gastronomy Department

colom"Due to the event which was held with cooperation with your Centre the representatives of various cultural areas, education, business and also the journalists managed to get acquainted with Colombian cuisine and culture of Caribbean coast of Colombia.                   We are very glad to cooperate with you and we hope that this cooperation will continue. We wish you a great success in your work!"

Ruben Dario Florez Arcila                                                                                                                                                     Minister-counsellor                                                                                                                                                             Embassy of Colombia

port"International Centre of Wine and Gastronomy for the period from 2009 incooperation with Portuguese partners have performed significant work and achieved not only expansion of the assortment, but the increasing of the sales volume of Portuguese goods on Russian market. Holding of the events provided considerable support for companies-producers in the meaning of the products’ promotion. And also it facilitated the establishing of the positive image of Portugal in Russia. We would like to specially mark the permanently high level of different sorted events’ organization, and also the work of the Center’s employees, who recommended themselves as qualified specialists, capable of qualitative and rapid task performing. We deeply appreciate the established between us business relations and we hope for the further fruitful partnership".

                                               Maria Jose Rezio                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trade and economic issues counselor                                                                                                                                                                                    Embassy of Portugal in RF


sen"The established cooperation between us was highly appreciated by the representatives of the National Senegal Tourism Representative Office , who have made a certain decision to organize such events regularly and undoubtedly with your participation and brilliant management.One more time expressing our gratefulness and appreciation I ask you, mister President, to accept the assurances of my deep respect".

Mamadou Saliu Diouf                                                                                                                                                                 Ambassador of Senegal Republic

ibda"IBS administration expresses gratefulness to the author of special course “Enogastronomic etiquette and proceedings” – Leonid Gelibterman, for the high professionalism, delicacy of statements and a number of practical observations and general conclusions, which make the special course not only useful for the companies’ managers, but very exciting too".

President of IBS Presidential Academy                                                                                                             Ph.D., professor,                                                                                                                                                                                                                   S.P.Myasoedov.

 ewrFrom the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority we thank the  International Center of Wine and Gastronomy and personally Leonid Gelibterman  for the help in the organization and holding the event, which took place on the 10th of April in “Nobu” restaurant.

We thank you for the creative approach, flexibility in the organization decision making while preparing and holding the event, responsible attitude to the work in cooperation and concernment in the result.

Once again we sincerely thank you for your help in organization and holding our festival.

With respect,                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Shurkevich L.B.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Head of the representation                                                                                                                                                                                               Action Global Communications                                                                                                                                                                                 (Official representative of the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority)

689ujj"...Mr. Leonid Gelibterman, producer of the film-project “Journey for the Taste” and President of the ‘International Center of Wine and Gastronomy’ (Moscow), has been a long time and highly estimated partner of the official Swiss Investment Promotion in Russia, helping the Swiss Business Hub Russia identifying potential investors and organizing professional events...".

Yours sincerely,

Yves Morath, Counsellor,

Head of the Swiss Business Hub Russia

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