Entry for the 2016 Geoffrey Roberts Award is now CLOSED. Congratulations to this year's winner, Miquel Hudin more...
The Geoffrey Roberts Award is an international wine related award worth £4,000 (about $6,500)
It was initially awarded every year but in 2016 changed to every two years. It is given each year to someone who can demonstrate to the judging panel a genuine commitment to New World wines or wines from Emerging Regions.
The Award has been made since 1996 to commemorate the life and work of the late Geoffrey Roberts a pioneer importer of top quality New World wines into the UK.
After 17 years of successful administration, those running the Geoffrey Roberts Trust felt it was time for the Award and its funds to find a permanent new home. The Worshipful Company of Vintners, celebrating its 650th anniversary in 2013 and with a strong commitment to both the UK wine trade and charitable activity, was felt to be the ideal body. The Vintners' Company now administers the Award.
Initially, the award covered a much broader spectrum encompassing food, wine and travel but now focuses on New World wine and wines from Emerging Regions. Read more about the Award HERE
PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE AWARD
Read more about the 2015 winner, Umay Çeviker and previous Award winners HERE
(Below is a testimonial from the 2010 winner Derek Mossman Knapp)
THE GARAGE WINE CO.
The Geoffrey Roberts Award was important for Garage Wine Co for the simple reason it got us involved in endeavours that we would not otherwise have been able to do. These endeavours began on the heels of an earthquake when idealism ran high and we were able to make a difference when it truly mattered.
The effect of the Geoffrey Roberts bursary was not just financial. More important was the attention and credibility the bursary lent the project that allowed us to dare to take it to the next level. Today we run a company around small crazy parcels of old-vines that take Maule to the world and make a difference in the community - and more slowly make a difference in the wine trade in Chile in general.
If one had shown our idea of working small parcels to a group of MBA numbers experts none would have backed it, and yet with the benefit of the incubating effect of the Geoffrey Roberts funding the idea has taken off.
Today we work a series of small parcels of old-vines maintaining them separately and celebrating each terroir-- this model, that 4-5 years ago simply did not exist in Chile, owes a great deal to the Geoffrey Roberts award.
Derek Mossman Knapp