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Janis is the owner and wine director of Riga’s award-winning wine bar, VIETA. The wine bar has earned 1st place at the Baltic Wine List Awards for three years in a row – 2018, 2019 & 2020. The wine bar and Janis share the same values – an aim to offer epic wines in an approachable atmosphere.
Raimonds was born in a small town by the Baltic sea. As a child, he dreamed of achieving big goals, even if at that age he was not always quite certain what those goals were. His parents wanted him to be a musician, while Raimonds was very keen on  sports. After secondary school, he tried his hand at studying foreign languages but ended up working as a waiter in the best restaurant in the Baltics called Vincents, where Raimonds found his true life passion: wine, hospitality and fine dining. Full of ambition, he competed in several international sommelier competitions while studying at the Austrian Wine Academy and gaining a WSET Diploma in wine and spirits.

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