Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Read these special reports to get the inside track on some of the world's most important wine regions. I've walked the vineyards, talked to the producers and tasted the wines to provide you with unique advice and insights.

18th Mar 2018

2018 Chile Special Report

This is my second overview of the Chilean wine scene, currently one of the most exciting and fastest improving in the world. Based on three weeks' on-the-spot research, which took me from Osorno in the south of this long and uniquely thin country to the Elqui Valley in the north, via Malleco, Itata, Curicó, Maule, Cachapoal, Colchagua, Maipo, Leyda, Zapallar... Read more

8th Feb 2018

2018 Rioja Special Report

Rioja is beginning to fulfil its potential and that's great news for wine lovers. Spain's most famous region is increasingly exciting. Rioja is about to change how it classifies and promotes its wine. New grape varieties are being planted and old ones rediscovered. And pioneering wine-makers are bringing a fresh approach to what has... Read more

26th Jan 2018

2016 Burgundy Special Report

2016 is the smallest crop of the last decade in Burgundy, owing to a combination of frost, hail and mildew. But small in this case is often beautiful. The 2016s may not have the sheer power and concentration of the more hyped 2015s, but they are every bit as enjoyable in their way. I think this a vintage to buy selectively, as... Read more

8th Nov 2017

2017 South Africa Wines of the Year

The 1,687 or so wines I tasted for my 2017 South Africa Report were mostly sampled during two visits to the Cape in March and June/July 2017, as well as at the London Wine Trade Fair and at Prowein in Düsseldorf. Nearly all of them were assessed sighted, or non-blind, as some people would have it. This is a list of my 164 Wines of the Year, all of which scored 95 points or... Read more

13th Sep 2017

2017 Cape Classification

This is my fifth attempt to classify the Cape's best producers, an annual exercise that has stimulated considerable debate in South Africa. This is very loosely based on the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, although quality rather than price is the sole criterion I use. There are six different bands: first, second, third, fourth and fifth growths, consisting of 20 wines each, and a larger group... Read more

13th Sep 2017

2017 South Africa Special Report

In his sixth annual guide to South Africa, award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin argues that the Cape is making the best wines in its 358 year history and that its industry is “dynamic, exciting and still evolving”. South Africa, he says, is “a match for any other New World country in terms of quality and ahead of the field on value”. Yet he warns... Read more

15th May 2017

2016 Bordeaux Special Report

The 2016 Bordeaux vintage is very good to excellent for reds and good to very good for dry and sweet whites. The growing season was complicated, but serendipity, hard work, investment and no little talent have enabled the Bordelais to triumph over the elements.In my view, this is the second best vintage of the last decade behind... Read more

8th May 2017

2017 Argentina Special Report

This is my fifth annual guide to Argentina. With over 1,300 wines tasted and rated, it is the largest and most comprehensive yet. Based on three weeks spent visiting vineyards and wineries earlier this year, it is an in-depth portrait of a dynamic industry.Having visited Argentina almost every year since the early 1990s, I can comment on what's happening there with a measure of... Read more

20th Mar 2017

2017 Chile Special Report

In his first annual guide to Chile, award-winning British wine writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin praises the country as a "South American success story" and highlights the changes that have occurred since his last visit in 2010. "Chile is finally beginning to make the most of its diverse range of climates and soil types," he says, "thanks to the initiative and investment of the... Read more

1st Feb 2017

2015 Burgundy Special Report

My annual Burgundy report is a labour of love. This is my seventh overview of the world's best wine region and it's my most comprehensive yet.The 2015 vintage is the most hyped of my professional lifetime. But is it any good? The reds are mostly very good to excellent, with impressive quality from generic to Grand Cru level. The... Read more



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