Founder and president of the Wine academy of Serbia
Ljubica Radan is a graduated engineer of agronomy and the founder and president of the Wine Academy of Serbia and the Association of Sommeliers, winemakers and winegrowers of Serbia. She acquired her bachelor and master degrees at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad in the field of fruit growing and viticulture. She is also a proud owner of the WSET Level 3 certificate gained in London, as well as the certificate of the US Association of Sommeliers.
After successfully completing the training course at the most prestigious wine institution in the world, Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London (November 2015) she became a licensed educator for WSET courses. In addition to the Wine Academy of Serbia, she is also a lecturer at the Wine Academy of Montenegro, as well as a consultant and associate in several wineries in Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia.
During her career she worked as an expert associate at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad, in the field of Wine Production Management. During 2012, she stayed in Chile for professional training where she worked as an assistant oenologist at the wineries of Viña Errazuriz Dominguez, Itata Valley, Chile and Underwater Cellar-Casanueva, Bulnes, Chile. After returning from Chile, she continues her work and training at the TRS Winery in Ilok, Croatia, and later in Austria in 2013, where she continues her work as an oenologist at Winegut Schloss Halbturn, Burgenland, in the winery owned by the successors of the great Empress Maria Theresa.
She gained her experience working in various vineyards and wineries, participating in projects of raising vineyards, as well as evaluating wine at foreign and domestic competitions. She is an official wine taster and evaluator registered on the list of wine tasting experts of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia. During her career, she has also cooperated with several web portals such as vino.rs, and her opinions and various texts on wine and wine growing were written in specialized wine magazines as well as for the well-known newspaper Dnevnik.
She is currently involved in a project supported by the Wine Academy of Serbia in cooperation with the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops and Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad. The project deals with the examination and comparison of terroir in vineyards of Sremski Karlovci and Neštin (Fruška Gora Mountain), as well as its influence on the characteristics of wine based on the case study of the Graševina grape variety (clone SK 54).
dr Nemanja Tomić
Assistant Professor at Faculty of Sciences in Novi Sad
Nemanja Tomić received his doctorate in 2016 at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Novi Sad at the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, where he was elected Assistant Professor in 2017. One of the courses he teaches there is the course ‘Beverages with Geographical Indication’.
He is the author and co-author of about 25 scientific publications, of which seven are in journals from the international ISI list, among which one should mention the chapter entitled The Impact of Soil on the Quality and Characteristics of Wine published in the monograph Soil Characteristics of the Niš Vineyard area as well as the scientific paper entitled Terroir of the Tri Morave Wine Region (Serbia) as a Basis for Producing Wines with Geographical Indication published in the scientific journal Geographica Pannonica.
He is a participant of the Project of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia entitled: Transformation of Geospatial Resources of Serbia – Past, Contemporary Issues and Proposed Solutions, as well as a participant of International Bilateral Project with the Chinese Academy of Sciences entitled Comparative study of past climate changes at multi-timescale in East Asian monsoon region and Westerly zone.
In addition to this, he also holds a bartenders certificate from the bartenders association of Novi Sad (BarmeNS) where he successfully completed the bartenders training course, as well as the WSET certificate of knowledge about wines and spirits. He is also a member of the board for the evaluation of wines at several competitions in Serbia.
He is currently involved in a project supported by the Wine Academy of Serbia in cooperation with the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops and Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad. The project deals with the examination and comparison of terroir in vineyards of Sremski Karlovci and Neštin (Fruška Gora Mountain), as well as its influence on the characteristics of wine based on the case study of the Graševina grape variety (clone SK 54).