WATER & WINES
Taking a refreshing approach to a classic game, Water & Wines makes next-level jigsaw puzzles that take you on a journey through the world of wine. Beautifully hand-illustrated, educational and sustainable. A mindful and foolproof gift!
We are proudly female-founded and committed to giving back as we grow. For every item sold we plant one tree and make a donation to improve global access to safe drinking water.
All our puzzles are made in the EU from locally sourced recycled materials and in compliance with the toughest environmental standards.
OUR MOTTO = JOY
We want to share our passion for oenology in a fun and creative way through beautiful wine jigsaw puzzles. We are committed to giving back and have poured our hearts into making puzzles you will feel good about.
JOY is our motto in life and in business, and it is the feeling we want to inspire you.
Yamit Viitaoja-Malmberg and Mathilde Iwar are the women behind Water and Wines. Yamit grew up in Stockholm and, after a career in the corporate world championing women entrepreneurs, decided to follow her passion and become a sommelier. However, whilst isolating at home after falling gravely ill a few months before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, she started making puzzles as a meditative activity. That’s when the idea of making a puzzle about wine was born: What better medium to use in order to learn about wine regions, appellations, grape varieties and share her passion for oenology with wine lovers near and far? She was soon joined by her dear friend, language-wizz, map nerd and fellow puzzle-lover Mathilde, who grew up between Paris and Lisbon and previously worked in public affairs. Together they continue to make the puzzles they have always dreamt about.
Water and Wines was born out passion and we hope you will join us on our journey through the fascinating world of a sommelier.
THE TEAM & ADVISORS
We are a small international team working from home offices scattered around Europe. We love art, geography, puzzles and wine! We are also supported by a group of renowned Experts/Sommeliers from all over the world including:
Essi Avellan is a Finnish Master of Wine and Champagne expert. Author of many books on the subject and a highly regarded champagne taster, Essi enjoys spending her time discovering the world of fine bubbles in great depth. She has a special passion for developing oenotourism in Champagne. @essiavellan
Johan Franco Cereceda
Swedish journalist and author Johan Franco Cereceda is one of the country’s leading and most experienced wine writers. He is also the co-founder of the Scandinavian school of sommeliers The Wine Hub. An expert in Spanish wines, Johan is happiest by the fire, with a glass of Palo Cortado. @johanfrancocereceda
Sommelier, journalist and lecturer Anders Melldén is a prolific author and featured writer in several key Scandinavian wine publications. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge in the field and making wine-culture accessible. @andersmellden
Sommelier and author Maja Berthas is an expert on South African wines and has been working as the Swedish market manager for Wines of South Africa since 2004. She shares her knowledge and passion on multiple platforms, including events and digital wine tasting sessions. @instawinedaily