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.
Janis has been a wine importer since 2011, offering his services to top bars and restaurants in the city of Riga, as well as private customers working to perfect their collections. The focus is on fine French wines and overachieving Central European wines. Besides that, Janis’ time is also devoted to organizing more than 100 tastings per year and extraordinary wine tours for wine lovers.
Janis has extensively studied wine and earned WSET Levels 2 and 3 as well as the highest Diploma level in Davayé, France and in Weinakademie Osterreich in Rust, Austria. Since 2016, he is also a proud member of the Burgundian brotherhood Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, representing wines of the region and the whole country of France in cooperation with the French Embassy in Latvia and Institut français de Lettonie.