GEOFFREY ROBERTS AWARD

PAST WINNERS

2016 – Miquel Hudin The 2016 award went to Miquel Hudin whose proposal was to create a comprehensive, visually attractive wine tourism guide to the up-and-coming wine region of Kakheti in Georgia.Now published, the guide, ‘Georgia. A guide to the Cradle of Wine’, is available from ‘Vinologue’ and can be ordered HERE “For those who may not know, publishing niche wine books

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2015 – Umay Çeviker The 2015 award went to Umay Çeviker who will use the funds to lend assistance two rural vineyards in Turkey. The goal is to build a sustainable model based on the ground of these two wineries, raising awareness of two unknown viticultural areas and grape varieties from Anatolia in the hope of encouraging

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2014 – Peter Csizmadia-Honigh The Vintners’ Company announced Peter Csizmadia-Honigh as its first winner of the Geoffrey Roberts Award since the Company took over the running of the award in 2013. Peter, a Hungarian who relocated to the UK in 2005, is an education manager with the Institute of Masters of Wine, where he is

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2011 – Sarah Robins Winner of the 2011 was Sarah Robins of Sydney, Australia. In November 2011 she used her award to travel to the United States to research programs that assist low-income earners to access the farmers’ markets that proliferate there. (Our second-ever winner, Jane Adams, used her award to introduce the farmers’ market concept to Australia

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2010 – Derek Mossman The 2010 applications for the annual Geoffrey Roberts travel award were the strongest set for a long time and for the first time in six years the Award went to a winner in wine, Geoffrey’s original speciality, rather than food.  Derek Mossman Knapp of Chile plans to spend his bursary encouraging artisan

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2009 – Dilly Boase The winner  was a 26 year-old baker, Dilly Boase. She is absolutely crazy about bread and used her prize of £3,000 to travel round Italy learning all there is to know about baking in Italy.  She was working at the artisanal Born and Bread bakery in south London but planned to spend

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2008 – Magdalena Eriksson & Nelle Gretzinger The judges were so impressed by two of the applicants in 2008 that they decided to choose two equal winners, Magdalena Eriksson and Nelle Gretzinger, both of New York City. Not only do both winners live in the same city, they will both use their awards to carry

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2007 – Richard Villadoniga Florida geography teacher Richard Villadoniga used our $6,000 to finance a road trip across the United States with the aim of highlighting some of the country’s endangered foodstuffs and promoting greater awareness of them via local media opportunities. He has now incorporated what he learnt into a teaching module to make American children

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2006 – Nazli Parvizi Nazli Parvizi from New York wanted to go to VietNam in March 2007 to foster sustainable farming and better cultural links between VietNamese American chefs and restaurateurs in the ancient capital of Hue in an effort to promote responsible tourism and development.  Unfortunately however, her work as the youngest ever Executive Director

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2005 – Mary Taylor Mary Taylor, New Zealand food communicator, revisited three fishing communities in southern Sri Lanka , learning more about their needs and culture, before returning to New Zealand on a fund-raising mission. Her Project Oru 100 raised funds to build 100 outriggers ( orus, pictured), the boats on which the local communities here depended

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2004 – Shalva Khetsuriani Shalva Khetsuriani who traveled from his family’s Georgian wine operation and his wine consultancy work in Moscow on a hectic trip around some of the finest wine estates in France during vintage 2004. He has returned home determined to put some of the practices he saw into effect and to spread his

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2003 – Penny Boothman Penny Boothman, Master of Wine student and wine writer who travelled extensively throughout Eastern Europe in the summer of 2003 and now shares the fruits of her studies of the little-known indigenous vine varieties of Eastern Europe at easternvines.info

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2002 – Professor Roger Corder Professor Roger Corder , head of the Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the William Harvey Research Institute at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London , who went to Sardinia to research a cluster of centenarians and the wines they drink. He has discovered some fascinating correlations between vineyard altitude and the potential to

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2001 – Dru Reschke Dru Reschke of Coonawarra who visited California in his attempts to develop an ecologically-friendly winery effluent treatment, currently being trialled by Southcorp in Australia.

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2000 – Ron Irvine & Alan Foster Ron Irvine of Washington state and Alan Foster of Oregon , artisanal cider makers who toured England and Normandy in September 2000 exchanging information on methods and techniques for improving cider and apple quality generally.

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1999 – Kathryn Thal Kathryn Thal, South African-born restaurant manager-turned-wine buyer who toured Californian vineyards and is now setting up a program aimed at explaining and encouraging sustainable viticulture worldwide.

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1998 – Caroline Smialek & Peter Kindel Caroline Smialek and Peter Kindel, America wannabe cheesemakers who visited European role models and then worked in New York restaurants, including cheese haven Artisanal. They subsequently moved to the oldest dairy farm in Vermont and have continued to make cheese, including inspiring Ogleshield during their time with Jamie

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1997 – Jane Adams Jane Adams, food and wine writer and publicist of Sydney, Australia who toured the United States, finding out enough about farmers’ markets to import the concept into food-conscious Australia . Thanks partly to this trip, farmers’ markets are now a thriving established phenomenon throughout Australia.

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1996 – Diana Campbell Diana Campbell, a Canadian then working in the Scottish wine trade who wanted to study food and wine matching at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley with the aim of increasing the confidence of Scotland’s restaurateurs, chefs and wine waiters.

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