Robert learned about wine and wine service in his parent’s hotel in the UK. He then spent 5 years in Burgundy, starving, teaching English and exploring terroir and winemaking,
Next came around two decades of writing award winning words for the SundayTelegraph Newspaper, WINE Intl magazine and in over 25 books, including the annual Robert Joseph Good Wine Guide, the Complete Encyclopedia of Wine, the Art of the Wine Label and Bordeaux and its Wines. His French Wines has been published in French, Russian, Chinese, Italian and Polish.
In 1984, he launched the International Wine Challenge and built it to become the world’s biggest wine competition, with regional competitions breing held in China, Japan, Russia, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailannd, Vietnam and Poland. He was also chairman of the Adelaide Hills Wine Show, the Swiss Intl Competition in S Africa and the Tri Nations Wine Competition in Sydney, Australia. He is now on the board of Mundus Vini in Germany.
Since 2005, Robert has focused on producing his own wines – 3.5m bottles of le Grand Noir, sold in 50 countries, Greener Planet and now a new project in Gergia – and on consultancy for a wide range of companies and regions, ranging from Chateau Brane Cantenac and Torres to Accolade Wines and the Republic of Moldova.
His often controversial weekly thoughts on wine are published on drinks-today.com and in Meininger’s Wine Business Intl, of which he is Editoral Consultant. A podcast will be launched, and a book – The Future of Wine has Changed –published this year.