- About me

Hi! I’m Janis Volkinsteins - owner and wine director at wine bar VIETA. A wine bar in Riga, Latvia that has been awarded with the 1st place prize in "Baltic Wine List Awards 2018" announcing the best wine list in the Baltic states. I’ve been a wine importer since 2011 offering my services to top places in the city and private customers working on their perfect collection. Besides that my office hours pass by organising tastings and wine tours. I’ve studied wine in WSET qualification Level 2, 3 and the highest Diploma level in Davayé, France and in “Weinakademie Osterreich” in Rust, Austria. A proud member of Burgundian brotherhood “Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin” representing wines of the region and the whole country of France in cooperations with the Embassy of France in Latvia and “Institut français de Lettonie”. And when the time is right we take the edge off and release our inner wine geeks with #peculiarwineclub

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- Tastings

We offer valuable and fun tastings for various size of groups. The spectrum of styles and pricing is quite wide. The events can take place in our well equipped private tasting room - yet we’re dynamic and mobile to travel around. We can organise academic master classes on specific subjects - or we can have good fun with great wines, stories and party tricks.

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- Wine Club

Are you eager to fix the amount of money you spend on wine per month? And exclude the torture spent in supermarkets by choosing the right bottle and carrying it to your place? We offer you to do a monthly selection based on your style of choice and budget. Want to invest a little in a growing collection of fine-wines but you don’t have a cellar or wine fridge? We offer you store your wine in our wine cellar.

- Consultancy

How to buy wines cheaper? How to find more new wines based on the styles you prefer? What ones are considered as a good investment? Which ones can survive good couple of decades to be kept for a newborn? How to find the right wine furniture and electronic equipment for cellar or living space? Which glasses to buy for what wines? I’ll give you answers to these and many more questions to make your life easier. Not only with recommendations - but with full delivery service if needed.

- Tourism

Spend your holidays in a fantastic wine tour! We organise daily schedules and yummy tasting & dinning experiences in wine regions. We’ll take care of your schedule or you can book me as your full-service wine tour guide!