Our mission is to provide accessible, first growth education and wine qualifications for wine and spirit professionals and enthusiasts.


Using high standards, best-in-class education, core values and globally recognized qualifications, FIRST GROWTH builds and creates  knowledge, expertise, confidence and job-relevant leaders.
One Vision: Uncompromised First Growth education
For those who are starting out their careers, established professionals, enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits:
• Sommeliers
• Restaurant owners
• Retailers
• Export managers
• Wine producers
• Wine writers
• Social media managers
The knowledge and the experience of Yiannis Karakasis MW ensures prestigious wine courses, high quality education and strong foundation of knowledge and skills.

Yiannis Karakasis Master of Wine



Yiannis Karakasis MW is one of the 382 Masters of Wine in the world.

He is a wine writer for several magazines and the founder of karakasis.mw which communicates Greek wine on a daily basis. He has published his first book in 2017, entitled ”The Vineyards and Wines of Greece 2017” (e-book English version), and in 2018 ‘Natural Wines in Greece’ (Greek version). He is furthermore a consultant for several businesses promoting Greek wine around the world.

As someone who is very passionate about teaching and educating, Yiannis organizes and participates in seminars and bootcamps for Master of Wine students, academic Masterclasses and tastings for novice consumers.

In addition, he is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards