a brief biography
Robert Joseph has an unusually broad experience of the international wine industry. He discovered the basics of wine service at a young age in his parents' hotel in the English countryside. This was followed by five years living in one of the colder villages of Burgundy's Hautes Côtes where he learned about soil, climate, grape-growing and winemaking.
On his return to the UK in 1983, Joseph launched Wine International Magazine and became wine correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph, a position he held for 16 years. Over the last 3 decades, he has written for several newspapers, published over 20 books, made a few wine videos and won some awards. Most recently, he helped to launch Meininger's Wine Business International, of which he is still editor at large.
He also started the International Wine Challenge which became the biggest wine competition in the world. This led to involvement in a number of other competitions across the globe in countries ranging from South Africa and Australia to Russia, Vietnam and China.
Joseph has developed a reputation for his public speaking - to consumers with limited wine knowledge, enthusiasts and professionals.
Since 2005, he has collaborated with two highly skilled partners to launch two ranges of wines - le Grand Noir and Greener Planet.
Finally, most recently, he has also moved into consultancy and through DoILikeIt?, original forms of consumer and trade research.
looking at things differently
"Robert is a truly original thinker with an encyclopedic knowledge of the global wine economy. He is also a very
talented public speaker"
"The trouble with the wine industry is too few people ever really ask
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