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 responsible for the global management of the MW study programme and examination. He completed his WSET Diploma in 2011 and Jerez de la Frontera - certified Sherry Educator, in 2012. He is also co-proprietor of Royal Somló Vineyards, crafting Juhfark wines, an indigenous Hungarian variety, for Michelin-star restaurants in London, Amsterdam and Budapest.
Peter has travelled extensively throughout the New World visiting wineries in a number of countries including South Africa, California, Chile, Australia and Indian. He considers his studies and research trips to have been indispensable in allowing him to speak on New World wines with a passion.
He has contributed to many trade and consumer titles and a number of his articles may be read at the following link:
It is Peter's intention to spend the £4,000 bursary on the research and publication of the first ever book on Indian wines. He plans for it to be informative and engaging thereby promoting the culture of Indian wines, something which, to date, has only just been touched upon. Publishing and distribution will be in cooperation with Reva K. Singh, the publisher of Sommelier India.
The judging panel were highly impressed by the standard of entries received from applicants from eleven different countries.
Willie Lebus, a Director of Bibendum Wine, has been involved with the Geoffrey Roberts Award since its inception, due to his working closely with the New World Pioneer in the mid 1980s. Willie commented "Peter’s submission would have pleased Geoffrey Roberts enormously. It involves opening up the potential of a new world of wine, in this case India, and offering an inquisitive audience the opportunity to discover its marvellous emerging wines."
Susan McCraith MW, Vintners' Scholar 1992, has held many senior commercial positions in the wine industry and on the educational side she has also lectured WSET and Wine MBA courses. Susan considered Peter's application to be "innovative and timely, as we are seeing more good quality wines yet we know very little about this up and coming country."
Also on the judging panel was Rupert Clevely who, in July, will be installed as the 520th Master of the Vintners' Company. Rupert felt Peter's entry "encapsulated the real essence of the award by thinking outside the traditional new world envelope, by looking at the wines of India. I believe this is exactly what Geoffrey Roberts would have looked for"
Peter will be presented with his award at a lunch at Vintners' Hall in the City of London.
UPDATE JANUARY 2016
Peter published his book 'The Wines of India' in November 2015. More about the book and to order http://thewinesofindia.com/pages/about-us