Liviko’s reliability stems from friendliness, openness to solutions, and mutually respectful relationships between colleagues and business partners. Being open to new things and continuing valued traditions inspires and supports our team members in their professional development.
In just a few years, Gloria’s curatorial work has become a lifestyle, involving great colleagues and special events. She has combined Liviko’s 122-year history and modern production technology into an exciting journey uncovering the secrets of beverages, culminating in the art of cocktail-making, performed by highly skilled bartenders.
Gloria: “I talk about and demonstrate how we really make drinks at Liviko, from the selection of ingredients to bottling. I like hosting people from different countries and cultures. There is wide-spread interest in Liviko’s distillery, and people’s genuine enthusiasm makes every tour unique.”
Velve has been involved in the quality control of Liviko products for more than 25 years. “Over the years, I have handled various projects including both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. I am proud of the high competence of our laboratory team. We have constantly developed and improved our analytical methods for the control of various raw materials and finished products in the laboratory. Developing and implementing the production of beverages is a varied and interesting challenge,” says Velve.
Urvo is the only sommelier in Estonia to have received the gold diploma from the International Sommelier Association, in recognition of the high level of his professional knowledge and skills. Kristjan Markii, President of the Estonian Sommelier Association: “Urvo’s gold diploma is proof of the high professionalism of Estonian sommeliers. As a valued trainer and lecturer, he also shares his first-class knowledge with other sommeliers in a cheerful and charming way.”
The first winner of the Vana Tallinn Baltic Sommelier Grand Prix, Urvo has been the main organiser of this competition for many years now. As a master sommelier with international competition experience, he plays a key role in the development of all Liviko’s new beverages as well as planning the import portfolio.
According to Markku, being a brand ambassador is one of the coolest jobs in the world, involving lots of creativity, innovation and travel. Markku: “The world of brands and trademarks is absolutely fascinating, and I love being able to help highlight their uniqueness and special characteristics.”
For him, the most important aspect of his work is the direct and sincere contact with people. Markku: “I enjoy offering genuine taste experiences, and the spectacle of making cocktails impresses everyone. Creating emotions, and continuous self-improvement is an everyday part of my job at Liviko, regardless of whether I happen to be working in Estonia, Europe, Asia or the Middle East.”
I joined Liviko in 2010 as Horeca wine consultant (sommelier) and in few years later was promoted to Wine Brand Manager position.
My life in the World of wine started more than 20 years’ ago when I entered Horeca industry working before started my path at Liviko as a waiter, bartender and sommelier in Latvia and Russia.
All these years of experience were heavily filled with new learnings, personal and professional development. I became a Jury member of Latvian and Baltic sommelier competition, wrote several dozen wine columns in Latvian press, graduated WSET’s Diploma (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) programme.
Job at Liviko gives me an opportunity to be in touch with great wines, industry professionals and consumers thus bringing new knowledge and joy into my life.
My travel to true cocktail world started 5 years ago when I tried a perfectly made classic Daiquiri during first cocktail training I attended.
I was so inspired that since that time started to learn everything I could find about cocktails and participate in different cocktail competitions. One of those competitions was Bacardi Legacy where I got a ticket to global finals. After that my life changed. I was invited to work behind different cocktail bars and restaurants even outside the country. I continued to participate in cocktail competitions around UK and won some of them but what I loved most was new personal and professional learning.
Few years age I got back to Latvia to start a completely new chapter in my life, working as a brand ambassador in Liviko. And in these 2.5 years since I’m with Liviko I got a huge amount of knowledge about spirits, cocktails and people that I probably would never learn without the team on my own.
This job is definitely very dynamic, creative and fun and with the right team around – it’s probably the best job in the world!
Would you like to have a say in how the best-known brands in Estonia are developed? Do you have what it takes to create beverages that can become successful on a global scale? Do you have the skills and knowledge to help represent the best-known global brands in the Baltic countries? If your strengths are in production, international sales, marketing or food and beverage technology, you’re welcome to join our team! Liviko will provide you with an opportunity for professional self-realisation. You’ll be in good company here!