The English wine author Hugh Johnson (born 1939) is one of the most successful wine publicists in the world. He is considered both a wine specialist and a great stylist. As the successor to the founder André Simon (1877-1970) he was editor of the magazine "Wine and Food" for several years and later also general secretary of the International Wine & Food Society, His first book "Wine" was published in 1966. The "Große Weinatlas" published in 1971 (follow-up edition "Der neue Weinatlas") became his most successful work, in which all wine-growing regions of the world are described with maps.
This was followed by "Enjoying Wine", "How Wine is Made - Gifted by the Gods, Man Made", "Atlas of German Wine" (together with co-author Stuart Pigott ), "Atlas of French Wines" (together with co-author Hubrecht Duijker ), "The Great Johnson" and "The World Atlas of Wine" (2001 - together with co-author Jancis Robinson ). The wine guide "The Little Johnson for Wine Experts" describes and evaluates all the important wines in the world and was first published in 1977. Since then, an updated version has been published annually. Little Johnson is the best-selling, according to the cover text wine guide of the world.
Based on his book "Wine History - from Dionysos to Rothschild", a 13-part television series was designed in the USA under the title "Vintage: A History of Wine". He has been there several times GAD winners (Gastronomy Academy Germany). His books had a total circulation of over 3.5 million copies. In addition to his many wine books and publications, Johnson also wrote works on trees and horticulture. He is the director of the world famous Premier Cru Classé winery Château Latour in the Médoc and co-owner of the Australian winery Coldstream Hills, Incidentally, he is a bitter opponent of wine reviews with awarding of points. He uses his own verbal schema in 12 levels, which ranges from "one-time sniffing, no longer" to "buying the vineyard". See also other wine authors below literature,