Our lecturers

We are very proud to have such competent and educated teachers at our school. See below for our own teachers. During the Court of Master Sommelier course we are visited by different Master Sommeliers to carry out the education.

Dick Samuelsson

Dick is SWA’s principal. He has worked with wine for more than 35 years, primarily as a wine chemist at Vin & Sprit, Swedens former alcohol monopoly of import and distribution of alcohol. Dick is always in search of new knowledge, which means that he is unbeatable in Trivial Pursuit. 

At Scandinavian Wine Academy Dick teaches during the French Wine Scholar.


Erik Plöen Casterud

Erik is our Director of Education, a teacher at Scandinavian Wine Academy and he also manages a lot of the economy. He started at the Swedish alcohol monopoly in 2006 and has since worked as a wine director at Restaurant GQ, started a brewery, studied geology & climatology, oenology and business & economics.

He has gained the Level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits.    

At Scandinavian Wine Academy Erik teaches during the French Wine Scholar.

Åke Nordgren

Åke is the CEO at Akebono, a sake importer in Sweden. He is also one of Europes primary experts in japanese food and beverage. He is a Sake samurai, which only 38 people in the world can call them selves. He is also a judge at IWSC and IWC in London.

At the Scandinavian Wine Academy Åke teaches the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake.