Hugh Johnson OBE
HUGH JOHNSON OBE – Historian and writer – UK
Hugh Johnson is a British historian and wine expert, considered to be the world’s best-selling wine writer. Hugh has been writing about wine since 1960, and wrote for publications such as Condé Nast Publications, Vogue and House & Garden or The Sunday Times.
He has published a wide array of books, starting with the publication of Wine in 1966. The World Atlas of Wine (1971) was considered the first serious attempt to map the world’s wine regions, described by the director of the INAO as “a major event in wine literature”.
From 1986 to 2001 he was a Director of the Bordeaux First Growth Chateau Latour and in 1990 was a co-founder of the Royal Tokaji Wine Company in an attempt to rebuild the foundering Tokaji industry after Communism.
His book Vintage: The Story of Wine, an authoritative 500-page compendium, was first published in 1989 by Octopus, and re-edited in 2004 as a fully illustrated edition published by Mitchell Beazley. It also was made into a 13-part TV series for Channel 4 and Boston P.B.S., first airing in 1989. Since 1977 he has compiled his annual Pocket Wine Book, selling many million copies in up to 14 languages.