Robert Joseph was born in London in 1955. He was educated at St Paul’s School and, during the holidays, developed an interest in wine in his parent’s hotel in Sussex. In 1975, he moved to Burgundy where he worked with the US-born broker, Becky Wasserman whose le Serbet business introduced wines such as those of Domaine Lafon to North America. In 1983, Joseph returned to London and launched Wine International magazine and set up the International Wine Challenge, became wine writer for the Sunday Telegraph, and wrote his first book, The Wine Lists. 27 other books followed, including the Ultimate Encyclopedia of Wine, the K.I.S.S. Guide to Wine, the annual Robert Joseph Good Wine Guide, French Wines, Bordeaux and its Wines and the Wine Travel Guide to the World. He is now editor at large of Meininger’s Wine Business Intl and his interactive Wine Marketing Toolkit will be published in 2015. In 1984, he launched the International Wine Challenge in London and built its participation to over 10,000 wines, making it the largest wine competition in the world. He subsequently also launched International Wine Challenge competitions in Shanghai, Beiing, Tokyo, Moscow, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Warsaw. Robert Joseph is Chairman of the Wine Institute of Asia and has chaired over 50 wine competitions in places including London, Sydney, South Africa, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Vietnam, Poland and India. He has also chaired wine competitions in Australia (the Adelaide Hills Wine Show); South Africa (the Swiss International Wine Awards); Chile (Wine Export Awards) and participated as a judge in many other competitions. Today, he is a director of the Mundus Vini competition in Germany. He was winner of the inaugural Jacob’s Creek “Golden Vine”, at the World Food Media Awards, for “increasing the appreciation of wine throughout the world”. Other awards include “the Best Wine Guide in the World” (in the 2002 Cointreau Gourmand Book Awards for the Robert Joseph Good Wine Guide), the Glenfiddich Award (twice), The Wine Guild of the United Kingdom Premier Award and the Marques de Caceres. He is a Chevalier de Tastevin; and a member of the Commanderie du Bontemps du Médoc et des Graves in Bordeaux. Robert Joseph regularly appears on television and radio in the UK and overseas, including recent BBC programmes Chateau Chunder and This World. He was keynote speaker at the Australian Wine Industry 2000 Global Marketing Conference and the first Viognier and Shiraz Symposiums, and has addressed industry meetings in places ranging from France, South Africa and California to China, Russia and Georgia. He is also a regular invited lecturer at the Wines & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET) Business & Commercial Knowledge course. Commercially, Joseph is also one of the trio behind Hugh Kevin & Robert Wines whose award-winning Le Grand Noir and Greener Planet wines now sell over 1.8m bottles per year in 18 countries. He is also a partner in Winestars World and innovative research and marketing consultancy DoILikeIt? where he has helped to create innovative initiatives driven by new uses of social media. In 2015, he became visiting professor at the Dijon Wine Business School. His client list as a speaker/consultant includes: Accolade, Origin Wines, Wines of Australia, McGuigan Wines, Berry Bros & Rudd, Champagne de Castelnau, Chateau Brane Cantenac and Wines of Georgia.
Robert Joseph’s blog is The Joseph Report.