The Fédération Internationale Des Confréries Bachiques (F.I.C.B) is an international federation of wine brotherhoods, of which the Finnish Brotherhood of The Knight of the Vine (KOV) is a member of. There is a dedicated webpage on the history of KOV.
Our primary aim is to disseminate wine knowledge, often accompanied with delicious meals and selected special wines, and to encourage joint activities of like-minded people. International relationships have a strong presence in our activities. We visit the major international wine events, and organize wine tours to selected destinations in collaboration with our partner companies. Being recognized by our members the vineyards can get connected to some of the top decision makers and wine experts in Finland.
KOV Finland organizes monthly events in different parts of Finland, most commonly in Tampere and Helsinki. The Chapter was established in 1998 when Mr. Timo Jokinen was nominated as the Master Commander (and served as such until 2011) in an event in San Francisco, CA. The Finland Charter Presentation Ceremony was organized in Tampere in November 1999.
After Mr. Jokinen, the following people have served as the brotherhoods Master Commanders:
- For the years 2011-2015, Dr. Roope Raisamo.
- For the years 2015-2017, Mr. Olli Heikkilä.
- For the years 2018-2021, Mr. Arttu Kalli
- Starting the year 2021, Mr. Matti Malkamäki
The number of established members – or knights – has grown to almost 90 by 2021. There are a number of candidates already listed which leads to a steady growth of membership in the next few years.
If you are interested in KOV Finland, send mail to us.
Per Vitem! Ad Vitam!