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Hugh Johnson

Wine Guru and Bestselling Author

Hugh Johnson OBE is considered the world's best-selling wine writer and has been commenting on wine since 1960. The two exceptional successes of his amazing career are 'The World Atlas of Wine' and the annually updated 'Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine'. Hugh Johnson was selected the Decanter "Man of the Year" in 1995, and was awarded the Order of the British Empire distinction in 2007.

'The Modern Encyclopedia of Wine', described on publication as "a major event in wine literature", is an indispensable reference book for all wine lovers

Hugh Johnson

In detail

Acknowledged as a leading authority on wines he has won numerous awards including the highest decoration from the German Gastronomic Academy (GAD) and in 1998 he was chosen as the Communicator of the Year from the International Wine and Spirit Competition. Over the years he has held the position as director of Château Latour, is the co-founder and a partner in The Royal Tokaji Company and in 1986 founded the Hugh Johnson Collection Ltd. He has appeared in several TV series including Wine - A User's Guide, Vintage - A History of Wine and Return Voyage.

What he offers you

Using his extensive knowledge and outstanding talent as one of Europe's leading wine connoisseurs, Hugh Johnson offers audiences the benefit of his wonderful insights into the complex world of wine making and tasting.

How he presents

A respected sommelier, Hugh selects a variety of different wines to be tasted and then explains in great detail to the audience the differing attributes and characteristics of each one in a highly entertaining and informative way. His presentations are characterised by his sensual enthusiasm for wine, sharing his life-long passion for wines.


He presents in English.

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  • Wines around the Globe
  • Media
  • Wine Tasting


  • 2008
    Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2009: 32nd Edition
  • 2007
    World Atlas of Wine (with Jancis Robinson)
  • 2006
    A Life Uncorked
  • 2005
    Wine: A Life Uncorked
    The World of Wine
  • 2001
    The World Atlas of Wine
    The Modern Encyclopedia of Wine
  • 1998
    Cellar Book: A Logbook for Personal Wine Records and a Guide to a Good Cellar Practice
  • 1996
    Bavaria (Touring in Wine Country)
    Alsace (Touring in Wine Country)
  • 1992
    The Art and Science of Wine
  • 1987
    The Wine Atlas of France

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