'Augustine & Francesco' is hosted by Bas and Diddo. Their passion for inspiring stories, discovering new things, but most of all enjoying life, are the key ingredients of their annual wine trips. By car, motor, scooter, bicycle and even canoe, they visit vineyards and winemakers in various countries. It is now only logical after such adventures they combine forces to share their passion.
Bas Korpel (1978) graduated in 2004 from the School of International Hotel Management Leeuwarden. Followed up by the ‘Hallo© Academie’, he began his career as a copywriter in marketing. After a round-the-world trip in 2010 he decided to specialize in wine. In two years he graduated from the Wine Academy as an Oenologist. His goal since is to increase the knowledge level of wine and accomplishes this by organizing tastings, trainings, master classes and writing about wine for various wine related companies.
Diddo Velema (1977) graduated in 2001 as designer from the School of Arts, Utrecht.
The last twenty years he has successfully moved through the world of communication, design and art. As an art director he created and brought ideas to life for various international advertising agencies, brands and people. Besides his work in communication he is a passionate artist and teaches at the Willem de Kooning Art Academy. His goal is to bring the stories behind wine to life,
making it more accessable and fun for everyone to enjoy. He is WSET3 certfied