Nicolas Belfrage

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Nicolas Belfrage is a British Master of Wine,[1] a wine writer and considered one of the foremost experts on Italian wine.[2]


Belfrage was born in Los Angeles in 1940, the son of British/American socialist writer Cedric Belfrage and his wife Molly Castle. He grew up in New York and London, and studied French and Italian at University College London. He has worked with Italian wine, either in the trade or as a writer, since the early 1970s and qualified as a Master of Wine in 1980, the first American to achieve this honor.[3]

Belfrage has contributed to publications such as Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Wein Gourmet, and shared a column in Harpers Magazine with Franco Ziliani,[4] with whom he has also collaborated on contributions to Tom Stevenson's annual Wine Report.[5][6] For several years he has contributed the Italy section to Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book as well as to the Oz Clarke Pocket Wine Book.

Belfrage has been involved commercially in wine since the early 1970s as buyer for various specialist wine merchants. In 1996 he founded Vinexus, a specialist Italian wine importer.[7]


  • Life Beyond Lambrusco (1985)
  • Barolo to Valpolicella: The Wines of Northern Italy (1999)
  • Brunello to Zibibbo: The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy (2001)
  • The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy (2009)

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Masters of Wine, Nicolas Belfrage profile
  2. ^ Robinson, Jancis, (1 October 2005). "Italian wine in the doldrums..." 
  3. ^ "Author Bio". 
  4. ^ Belfrage, Nicolas; Ziliani, Franco, Harpers (24 October 2005). "In defence of our column". Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. 
  5. ^ The Editors
  6. ^ wine book reviews
  7. ^ "Vinexus. Who we are".