(full name: Francisco Armando Campo Carrasco)
Son of Francisco Campo Rivera.
Pancho was a tennis professional with no ITP ranking. He was coach to the Chilean women’s team Paulina Sepúlveda (born 15th September 1968). Beaten in first round 6-2, 6-3 by the Italian Anna-Maria ("Sandra") Cecchini.
‘Sports Academy Emirates International School, owned by Al Habtoor Group, is currently hosting the Adidas Sports Academy. In its third year at Emirates International School, the Academy provides youngsters with sports coaching in tennis, basketball, soccer, swimming, karate and gymnastics. The camps are run by Connection Sports Services which is headed by Pancho Campo, a former professional tennis player. "The emphasis at the Adidas Sports Academy is on participation, not just winning" said Campo. The academy, apart from providing coaching, aims to promote fair play among the participants and Campo says it is just as important to take part as win. "Just because a kid is not the best footballer or gymnast, it doesn't mean he or she shouldn't practice that sport," said Campo. All participants receive an award for their performances and coaching is provided by staff qualified in the relevant disciplines. Although there is no set age to take part in the camps, most participants range from 5 to 17 years. The Academy runs throughout the year and is split into 3 terms, September-December, January-March and April-June, plus the summer camp.
26th September 2000: Vienna Boys’ Choir
1st October 2000 Enrique Iglesias
1st March 2001: Tom Jones
19th-20th April 2001: Sting
*: 7.1.2012: It now seems very probable that CSM did not go bankrupt. if this is indeed the case I'm at error in believing this claim that Campo made in September 2009, which he contradicted in an article included in the official programme for the First International Wine Symposium organised by Campo and The Wine Academy Marbella and held in Marbella in June 2004.
Connections Sports and Music goes bust – date unknown.
Also in 2002 Jackie Wartanian filed a complaint against Pancho Campo which alleged that he had defrauded the company of 640,000€.
‘According to court documents, Campo was charged with breach of trust on June 5, 2002, found guilty on June 1, 2003, and sentenced to one year in jail followed by deportation. The case revolved around a €600,000 (Dh3.2m) claim that Ms Wartanian had brought against Campo over fraudulent business dealings. Ms Wartanian’s lawyer, Amna Jallaf, said a civil case had also been filed against Campo.’
It would seem likely that CSM (Connections Sports and Music went bust before 5th June 2002. Was it also at this time that Pancho surrendered his Chilean passport to a Dubai court? I note that Roger Waters, Deep Purple (22nd September) and Jamiroquai played in Dubai during 2002, although PC claimed that ‘it was impossible to get artists and athletes to travel to the Middle East’. Did the missing 640,000€ contribute to the collapse of the company and, if so, to what extent?
February: Pancho Campo and family leave Dubai
Apparently Campo left UAE using his Spanish passport. What happened to the Chilean passport PC had handed over to a Dubai court? It seems high probable that Campo's Chilean passport contained his UAE visa (presumably work as Campo lived in Dubai from 1997 to 2003), which was why it was surrendered as surety. Did his Spanish passport also contain a visa or did he somehow obtain a visa for this passport after he had surrendered his Chilean one? It is not known how Pancho Campo left the UAE – it is possible that he would have taken a boat to Iran.
Domingo 30 de Noviembre de 2008
Article on Pancho Campo, the first Chilean Master of Wine
A pesar de residir en Marbella -en la costa del sol, España-, su marcado acento y su pasaporte español, cuando viene a Chile a ver a parientes y a esquiar utiliza su documento chileno.(Although resident in Marbella, when Pancho comes to Chile he uses his Chilean travel documents.)
While PC may not have been aware of the date set for the trial hearing, he was in Dubai when the charge was laid in June 2002 and surrendered his Chilean passport. Nor did apparently did he inform the Spanish Embassy in Dubai that he had a criminal charge outstanding.
The Wine Academy of Spain was founded soon after PC arrived in Spain. Was any of the 640,000€ over which PC was found in breach of trust used to finance The Wine Academy?
Centre for International Education of Marbella ................Gateway to the world's top universities
She reported that 'At CIE Marbella, students can do the first two years of a foreign degree course without leaving Spain and then go on to complete the course at a university with which the CIE has an agreement, such as Middlesex University in the UK, or Broward University and Southern New Hampshire University in the US.'
Dueñas also reported that 'The Centre has more than 20 foreign lecturers, most of who have a Master's degree in their specialist subject' and that the cost for a semester was 3600€, intensive English courses at 3200€ and non-university courses at 3000€.
CIE was based in Elvira some 15 minutes from the centre of Marbella and boasted 'brand new facilities including classrooms, library, Internet lab, student and faculty lounges, computerised classrooms and on-line library'.
From the archive of Dr Richard Smart's website there is a mention of Pancho Campo – 'the tour will be accompanied by Dr Smart, and an expert translator Pancho Campo of the Wine Academy, CIE Marbella, University of Costa Del Sol'.
It is not known whether CIE ever opened its doors or whether there were graduates that went on to obtain degrees from major universities. Certainly CIE doesn't appear to exist today. The web domain is up for sale and there is no telephone listed in either Elvira or Marbella. Perhaps CIE shed the other courses and concentrated purely on wine as The Wine Academy of Spain. CIE does not appear to be mentioned in any of Pancho Campo's CV's that I have seen.
I'm hoping that 'Doctor' Campo can enlighten me.
Pancho Campo begins studying for his MW
PC: * Personally trained by Vice-president Al Gore and member of The Climate Project.
The Climate Project website (http://www.theclimateproject.org/) reports that there are now more than 3000 trained Climate Change Project presenters.
Pancho Campo announces on The Wine Academy site that he is withdrawing from his MW studies:
'After 3 years as a student of the Institute of Masters of Wine and having passed most of his practical and theory exams as well as his dissertation, Pancho Campo has decided to withdraw from the programme.
Pancho Campo has been the Spaniard that has obtained the best results in trying to become a Master of Wine. Last year he obtained a conditional pass after passing all his practical exams and the theory exams on viticulture, oenology and marketing. This year Pancho passed his disseration but failed to pass the only exam that separated him from becomming the first Spanish Master of Wine. The reason behind his decission for withdrawing from the programme lies on the topic of the question that the examiners did not pass. The question asked Pancho´s opinion on the impacts of climate change for the wine industry.
Pancho Campo has become one of the leading experts and one of the most respected professionals in the research of climate change and a pioneer in describing the impacts for the wine industry. Another contradiction by the IMW is the fact that they gave Pancho a pass on his dissertation which had the topic of “The Impacts of Climate Change in the Wine Industry”. The Institutes agrees with Pancho´s dissertation but totally disagrees with the answer he gave to the same question in the only remaining exam. “The examiners have clearly made a mistake when correcting my exam but I have been denied the opportunity of appealing and having my exam reviewed. I have not had the chance to see why and where I went wrong”. “If the topic of the question would have been any other than climate change I could understand and accept their decission, but on this topic I seriously question the examiner´s point of view”. “Their explanation has been poor and as far as I am concerned this shows that the Institute´s views on climate change are not in touch with the reality of the problem and are especulative”.
“Being an MW could have been very important for my career and I believe it is time to have a Spanish MW because our country is about to become the major driving force of the wine producing industry. However, I am not going to go against my principles and the results of my reseach just to have a degree”. “I have lost respect for the way in which the IMW handles the correction of the exams and I seriously question the capacity of the examiners, at least in relation to climate change”.
Campo changes his mind and is allowed to resit the exam he failed.
April: An Interpol red notice is issued – Wanted: Francisco Armando Campo Carrasco. Arrest warrant issued in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
A civil case brought by Dune Networks Sl, who did work for The Wine Academy of Spain (Pancho Campo) on the ‘Simposium Internacional del Vino’. Dune were hired by the Wine Academy of Spain in June 2006. Dune Networks SL are a subsidiary of VNC-WBC (La Compañía del Vino, Negocio y Comunicación). VNC-WBC filed a civil case against The Wine Academy in Marbella in 2007 seeking to recover an unpaid bill of 8.879,18 €. Judgment was given in VNC-WBC’s favour by a Marbella court on 27th June 2008 ordering the outstanding bill to be paid. Although Pancho Campo has said on www.verema.com/foros/foro-vino/temas/523840-no-es-oro-todo-lo-que-reluce- that the outstanding sum will be paid, it would appear that this debt may yet to be settled. When VNC-WBC was sold in May 2009 (11 months after the judgment), the debt was still outstanding. It is not known whether it has now been settled.
March: Pancho Campo is detained for several hours at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris where he was questioned about the Interpol red notice of the arrest warrant issued by the UAE.
1st: I speak to Pancho on the phone – he is friendly and courteous – and I incorporate his comments into the news story. Essentially he tells he that he only learnt of the arrest warrant and the court case four or six weeks ago and that his lawyers in Spain and in Washington hope to sort this out with the next month or so. He confirms that the sum involved was around 600,000€ and that the money had been used to pay Enrique Ingelias for appearing in Dubai. Pancho tells me that he has the full support of those involved in organizing the WineFuture conference.
are no longer in my hands because I have another very ambitious project that will be announced at Winefuture.
What I am trying to say is that the company is sound, financially viable and totally independent from Pancho Campo. Since Winefuture, Spanish Wine Education, WSET and Vinoble are under the umbrella of The Wine Academy, my situation could only affect this programmes from an image point of view but so far the effect is the contrary, Winefuture is sold out, with a huge waiting list and it has total support from sponsors and speakers.'
‘Campo vehemently denies knowing anything about the sentence. He told decanter.com the first he heard about it was when it was published in an article in Dubai newspaper The National on 19 September.’ ‘'The case was tried and I was sentenced in my absence without any legal representation,' Campo told decanter.com.
www.decanter.com/news/news.php?id=290145 (story published 2nd October 2009)
It is possible that PC knew nothing of the sentence until he was detained at Charles de Gaulle in March 2009. It is, however, difficult to credit that ‘competent’ lawyers in Dubai, Spain and Washington were unable to uncover in the six month period following Charles de Gaulle interview that Campo had been sentenced in June 2003. Something that Charlie Hamilton (The National) found without apparent difficulty in Dubai court papers. Campo must have been well aware of the court case as he was charged on 5th June 2002 and surrendered his Chilean passport.
1st: Pancho Campo resigns as director of WineFuture-Rioja `09 and also as the director of the Wine Academy of Spain. Kevin Zraly takes over a director of Winefuture-Rioja `09. Rony Bacqué, Campo’s brother-in-law, has been business manager of The Wine Academy of Spain.
Following the revelation that PC had a conviction in Dubai, did the wine authorities in Rioja, who are a major sponsor of the conference, demand that he step down? Certainly there are rumours of pressure on PC to resign as they were dissatisfied and unconvinced by his explanations including whether he had been detained by Spanish police in a Madrid hotel earlier on this year, which Pancho has denied.
From the second question:
-Pero pesa sobre usted una orden internacional de arresto.
-No, es de localización. Y fíjese lo difícil que le ha sido a usted localizarme. Me ha llamado por teléfono, hemos quedado y aquí estoy.
But there is an international arrest warrant issued against you.
No, it's to find me. And see how difficult it was for you to find me. You called me up by phone, we fixed a date and here I am.
-¿Por qué le buscan?
-Por algo que sucedió en Emiratos Árabes, cuando yo vivía en Dubai. Allí se rigen por la legislación musulmana y cualquier delito,ya sea por no pagar la hipoteca o por un talón sin fondos, se juzga por la vía penal. Aquí, sin embargo, no sería más que una cuestión civil.
Why are they looking for you?
Over something that happened in the UAE, when I lived in Dubai. They live by Muslim legislation there and any offense (the word can also be translated as "crime"), be it for not paying your mortgage or for a bounced cheque, is tried via the penal code.
-¿Qué es lo que pasó para que le reclamen?
-Una ex socia de la empresa que tenía en Dubai puso un dinero en la sociedad, pero ésta quebró y ella reclama ahora el dinero.
What happened for them to be looking for you?
A former partner in a business I had in Dubai put money into the business, but it went bankrupt and she now claims the money.
-¿Ese dinero no le corresponde?
-No, porque era una aportación de capital. En esos casos perdemos todos. Yo, personalmente, perdí bastante más, pero ése es el riesgo que se asume.
Doesn't the money belong to her?
No, because it was a capital injection. In cases like those we all lose everything. Personally, I lost a lot more, but that's the risk you take.
-¿Nunca llegó a celebrarse un juicio por eso?
-Se fijó un juicio, pero yo no me enteré. No pudieron localizarme porque entonces yo ya no vivía en Dubai y me había venido a España. Se ve que la Justicia de Emirato Árabes me reclama ahora por esto y ha recurrido a la Interpol. Eso es todo. Creo que se está cometiendo una tremenda injusticia conmigo, pero, como le dije, estoy tranquilo.
Was there never a court case over that?
A court case was arranged, but I didn't get to hear about it. They weren't able to find me because I didn't live in Dubai anymore and had come to live in Spain. It can be seen that the Justice of the UAE is now looking for me and has gone to Interpol. That's all. I think a tremendous injustice has been committed against me, but as I said to you, I'm calm.
12-13th WineFuture Rioja09 held in Logrono with Robert Parker as main attraction.
Next edition of WineFuture provisionally fixed for 27th and 28th October 2011.
23rd: Pancho Campo MW to Jim Budd: 23.11.09
‘Please don’t feel I am ignoring you. My lawyers in Washington, Dubai and Spain have strongly advised me not no disclose any information.
Trust me, you will be first one I will contact as soon as I am given permission to speak.
I am innocent and I will prove my innocence. As a member of the wine community who has tried to contribute to the industry, I would appreciate some support and the benefit of the doubt. If Decanter is willing to, when this ordeal gets to an end I will be happy to give you the story.’
21st July 2010
Francisco (Pancho) Campo Carrasco, 48. Born in Chile and brought up in Barcelona from the age of 13, Pancho has had an exciting career. He began as a tennis pro and trained as a doctor, before turning to event management, which he combined with coaching the Qatari Davis Cup tennis team. He has had a longstanding love of wine, which eventually became a career in 2003 when he started the Wine Academy of Spain, having studied winemaking and marketing at UC Davis. Pancho is a passionate speaker on climate change, and has done much to raise the global wine industry’s awareness of the problem, working closely with former US Vice President Al Gore as a member of the Climate Project. Pancho is married to Melissa, and has two children. His hobbies include skiing, body building and restaurants.
See you in Rioja!
I am relieved and pleased to see such balanced and fair reporting on this matter. Pancho Campo MW is a leader in his field, and has been open about this matter with all those who have dealings with him. It is a very difficult time for him and his family, and it is good to see the wine community supporting him as he has supported it for many years. Siobhan Turner Executive Director Institute of Masters of Wine
The list of the Grenache based wines that Robert Parker Jr. will be tasting at Winefuture-Rioja `09 are:
Châteuneauf-du-Pape – Francia/France
1. Domaine Charvin 2007
2. Marcoux Vieilles Vignes 2007
3. Mont Olivet - La Cuvee du Papet 2007
4. Chapoutier Barbe Rac 2007
5. Barroche Pure 2007
6. Vieille Julienne 2007
7. Pierre Usseglio-Mon Aieul 2007
8. Atteca Armas 2007 – DO Campo de Borja*
9. Mancuso 2005 – Vino de la Tierra de Valdejalón
10. Espectacle 2006 – DO Montsant
11. Clos Erasmus 2005 – DOCa. Priorat
12. Aquilon 2006 – DO Campo de Borja
13. Pandora – Alban 2006
14. Sine Qua Non Atlantis 2005
15. Killikanoon Duke 2006
16. Greenock Creek Cornerstone 2006
17. Clarendon Hills Old Vines Romas 2006
18. Torbreck Les Amis 2005
Rioja (‘last minute’ Tempranillo additions containing no Grenache)
19. Marqués de Riscal de 1945
20. Contador 2007