Pancho Campo

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Pancho Campo (born Francisco Armando Campo Carrasco, September 13, 1961, in Santiago, Chile[1]) is a Spanish event organiser, and was from 2008 until May 2012 accredited with the title of Master of Wine.[2] He was the first Spaniard to pass all the exams of the Master of Wine certification,[3] and has conducted seminars and wine tastings with wine experts in more than 20 countries.[4]


Wine Academy of Spain[edit]

In 2003, Campo founded The Wine Academy of Spain and developed the Spanish Wine Education international certification program, the representative of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) for Spain. The Academy was involved in the research of climate change in the wine industry and organised the World Conference on Climate Change and Wine in 2006 and 2008. Campo was trained by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and is a part of The Climate Project.[5][6][7][8] In 2008, Campo became the first Spanish Master of Wine,[5] though was alternately cited the first MW of Chile.[1]

He has carried out more than 100 conferences in over 30 different countries, including Winefuture Rioja 2009,[9][not in citation given] Winefuture Hong Kong 2011,[10] Climate Change and Wine 2011,[11] Innova Marbella 2013,[12] and Thinking Green Gibraltar.[13][not in citation given]

2009 arrest[edit]

Ahead of the Winefuture Rioja 09 event with wine critics including Robert Parker, Jancis Robinson MW, Oz Clarke, Steven Spurrier, Miguel Torres, Robert Joseph and Gary Vaynerchuk due to speak, an outstanding warrant for the arrest of Campo issued by the UAE in 2003 and subsequent Interpol Red Notice became public knowledge.[14][15] In October 2009, Campo announced he had resigned as president of The Wine Academy of Spain and stepped down as director of the Winefuture Rioja, to be replaced by Kevin Zraly, in order to 'focus on clearing his name'.[16] In July 2010 Interpol removed from their website the warrant for Campos' arrest, and Campo issued a message to the press stating, "I have been informed today that Interpol accepted my request to take my name out of their list. They have found that a mistake was made and an injustice was committed against me".[17]

2011 criminal investigation[edit]

In October 2011, Campo was involved in the controversy of paid-for wine visits to wineries with Dr. Jay Miller (the official critic reviewing Spanish wine for Robert Parker's publication The Wine Advocate) termed "Jumillagate" or "Murciagate" or "Campogate". The story was revealed by Vincent Pousson, Jacques Berthomeau and Jim Budd,[18][19][20] which grew to attract wide attention in the wine journalism industry and resulted in the departure of Miller from The Wine Advocate.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27] Having received a formal complaint into Campo's alleged conduct, in December 2011 the Institute of Masters of Wine launched an investigation into whether Campo had breached its code of conduct.[28] Separately Parker announced he had initiated a legal investigation into the events to be conducted by Steve Haas of the law firm Cozen O’Connor.[29]

Campo resigned from the institute of the Masters of Wine on May 3, 2012, informing of his move away from wine and into more sports and music events.[2] Following Campo's resignation, the Institute of Masters of Wine terminated its investigation of the alleged breaches of code of conduct.[30]

Chrand Management[edit]

Campo is the President of Chrand Management, which organizes and markets of sporting, musical, gastronomical and environmental events. The company has organized concerts with artists including Sting, Pink Floyd, UB40, Enrique Iglesias and Tom Jones.[31] In sport, Chrand has organized the Davis Cup, the Indoor Trial World Cup, the Pro Beach Soccer Tour and tournaments with Andre Agassi, Stefan Edberg and Pat Cash.[citation needed] It has also organized conferences with speakers such as Al Gore, Kofi Annan, Juan Verde and Francis Ford Coppola.[citation needed]


Campo is a former tennis professional. He participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona as a coach for the Chilean player, and has worked at the tennis academy of Nick Bollettieri.[32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vial, Álvaro Rodríguez, El Mercurio (November 30, 2008). Médico radicado en España es el primer Master of Wine chileno (Spanish)
  2. ^ a b Budd, Jim, (May 3, 2012). Pancho Campo resigns from Institute of Masters of Wine
  3. ^ "Profile - Pancho Campo". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Chrand M.I.C.E.". Chrand Management. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  5. ^ a b (October 1, 2008). "Pancho Campo Becomes First Spanish Master of Wine". 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Rosen, Maggie, (February 15, 2008). "Lack of Spanish participation lamented at Barcelona climate conference". 
  8. ^ Gaffney, Jacob, Wine Spectator (February 21, 2008). Al Gore Praises Green Initiatives in the Wine Industry
  9. ^ "WineFuture Rioja 2009". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  10. ^ "Spot Winefuture Hong Kong". YouTube. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  11. ^ "3rd edition of the World Conference on Climate Change & Wine". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  12. ^ "Innova 2013". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  13. ^ "Thinking Green: Gore applauds Gibraltar as 'an example to the world'". Gibraltar Chronicle. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  14. ^ Lechmere, Adam; Budd, Jim, (September 4, 2009). "Arrest warrant posted for Spanish Wine Academy director". 
  15. ^ Hamilton, Charlie, The National (September 19, 2009). "Spanish promoter’s arrest sought". 
  16. ^ Lechmere, Adam; Budd, Jim, (October 2, 2009). "Pancho Campo resigns to 'focus on clearing name'". 
  17. ^ Budd, Jim, (July 23, 2010). Pancho Campo taken off Interpol 'wanted' list
  18. ^ Berthomeau, Jacques, Pousson Vincent Vin & Cie (October 31, 2011). Le texte furtif de Vincent Pousson sur le Jumillagate (French)
  19. ^ Budd Jim, Jim's Loire (October 31, 2011). Jumillagate or more properly Murciagate – some questions
  20. ^ Budd Jim, Jim's Loire (December 13, 2011). Pancho Campo MW: Spain finds its powerful voice - English translation
  21. ^ Yarrow, Alder, (April 12, 2011). "Big Jay" Miller Departs Wine Advocate in Wake of Scandal
  22. ^ Gray, W. Blake, (December 1, 2011). Robert Parker's response: He's preparing to sue
  23. ^ Colman, Tyler, (December 4, 2011). Jay Miller leaves the Wine Advocate
  24. ^ Steinberger, Mike, (December 5, 2011) Robert Parker, Jim Budd, and The Disappointing Silence of Other Wine Writers
  25. ^ Asimov, Eric, The New York Times (December 5, 2011) A Parker Reviewer Departs After Questions About Payments
  26. ^ Bonné, Jon, San Francisco Chronicle (December 5, 2011). Jay Miller leaves the Wine Advocate
  27. ^ Joseph, Robert; Carter, Felicity; Heckle, Harold, Meininger's Wine Business International (December 12, 2011). A long, hard look at the Spanish cash for access scandal
  28. ^ Institute of Masters of Wine, news (December 16, 2011). Statement Regarding Pancho Campo MW
  29. ^ Lechmere, Adam, (December 13, 2011). Robert Parker distances himself from Campo as he announces investigation
  30. ^ Institute of Masters of Wine, news (May 3, 2012). Statement with regard to the resignation of Pancho Campo
  31. ^ "Chrand Live". Chrand Management. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  32. ^ "Tennis Days". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 

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