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International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

Published:  17 July, 2013

International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

Winner: Hugh Johnson OBE

Hugh Johnson says his life was changed while an undergraduate at Cambridge by two glasses of red Burgundy, at a meeting of the university's Wine & Food Society. One was ordinary, the other magical.

He joined Condé Nast Publications in 1960, and started work on Vogue and House & Garden. In 1962 he became editor of Wine & Food magazine, and started to write the wine column in the Sunday Times.

He has published many books about wine, among which are his magnificent introduction to the subject, 'Wine', in 1966, 'The World Atlas of Wine' in 1971, recognised by the governing body of French wine, the INAO, as the first really serious mapping of the world's wine regions, and 'The Story of Wine', in 1989, accompanied by a 13-part TV programme.

His Pocket Book of Wine has been an annual guide (and stocking-filler) for the last 37 years.

In the commercial world of wine, he has been President of the Sunday Times Wine Club since 1973, he was a director of Château Latour from 1986 to 2001, and co-founder of the Royal Tokaji Wine Company in 1990. In 1986, he created a collection of wine glasses and other wine-related items, with a shop in St James's and a thriving market in the Far East.

He was awarded an OBE in 2007, for services 'to winemaking and horticulture'.