I was born in Toronto, to parents who emigrated there after World War II. However, I always knew I’d return to the country of my ancestors.
My father started with nothing when he came to Canada. Over time, he built one of the largest wine and alcohol import companies in the country – Peter Mielzynski Agencies (PMA). It was there, starting at a very young age, that my interest in wine developed. When I was 14 years old, I decided to finish high school in Europe. I moved to Germany and stayed with one of my father’s partners, who owned and operated several companies involved in the production of wine and spirits.
I studied viticulture at university in the United States, in Fresno, California. I then worked at several vineyards in France, Germany and Austria. Later, I returned to Canada and began working at the Hillebrand Vineyard during the exciting time when the Niagra-On-The-Lake region began to dramatically increase the quality of wines produced there. I have also worked at respected vineyards in Tuscany, French Turin, and for the Austrian firm Schlumberger.
I decided to settle permanently in Poland, where I raised a family and opened a wine-importing business. It gives me great pleasure to know that my experience can lend itself to the promotion of wine culture in our country.