List of wine professionals

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Instead of common selection criteria for the entire list, notability of people involved should be checked against the description of each sector.

Sectors are arranged from cultivation through processing, starting from vineyards to consumption advised by sommeliers.

Vineyard owners[edit]

Included are owners of well-known or sizable vineyards. Excluded are managers (CEOs) of public holding companies as owners and persons owning vineyards as a hobby, being notable for other reasons.

Many vineyard owners are also winemakers as well.

Californian winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyards


Cultivation and harvesting of grapes.


The science and study of wine and winemaking.

Wine makers[edit]

Wine merchants[edit]

Charles Heidsieck, notable Champagne maker known as "Champagne Charlie"

Wine critics[edit]

Included are wine professionals at an elevated level compared with Wine writers, being authorities on wine tasting, having established rating systems or written reference works.

Michael Broadbent, British wine critic, author and auctioneer
Huon Hooke at Geelong wine show
American wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr.

Wine writers[edit]

Included are media professionals who published about wines in major newspapers, on important TV channels, wrote books or created corresponding websites. Excluded are persons who are mainly known for other reasons and might have published about wine as minor activity.


A trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. Somebody with a Master Sommelier Diploma issued by the Court of Master Sommeliers or a French Maître Sommelier can be included in this list.


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ McIntyre, Dave (26 June 2020). "The wine industry is overwhelmingly white. Now, the push for inclusivity is gaining momentum". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Diversity, but also inclusion – Julia Coney ⋆ ARENI Global". ARENI Global (in American English). 31 March 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Obituaries – Paul Gillette; Novelist, Wine Expert and Scriptwriter". LA Times.