The English wine author Hugh Johnson (born 1939) is one of the most successful wine journalists in the world. He is considered both a wine expert and a great stylist. As the successor to the founder André Simon (1877-1970) he was for several years editor of the magazine "Wine and Food" and later Secretary General of the International Wine & Food Society, His first book "Wine" was published in 1966. The 1971 edition of the "Grand Wine Atlas" (follow-up edition "The New Wine Atlas") became his most successful work, in which all wine-growing regions in the world are described with maps.
This was followed by "enjoying wine", "How wine is produced - donated by the gods, made by men", "Atlas of German wines" (together with co-author Stuart Pigott ), "Atlas of the 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 connoisseurs" describes and evaluates all the important wines of the world and was first published in 1977. Since then, each issue is updated each year. The Little Johnson is the best-selling according to the cover text wine guide of the world.
Based on his book "Wine History - from Dionysus to Rothschild", a 13-part television series in the USA was created under the title "Vintage: A History of Wine". He was already several times GAD winners (Gastronomy Academy Germany). His books reached 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 Médoc and co-owner of the Australian winery Coldstream Hills, By the way, he is a bitter opponent of wine reviews with points. He uses his own verbal schema in 12 levels, which ranges from "one-time sniffing, not more" to "buying the vineyard". See also other wine authors below literature,