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.

21st Oct 2015

2015 Classification of Montalcino’s Best Estates

The 2010 vinatge in Montalcino was one of the best in recent memory, fully deserving its 5 star rating from the local Conzorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, as well as the critical praise it has received. But, as ever in Tuscany's leading wine region, quality was far from uniform, not just because of the differences between sub-zones (less marked in 2010 than in more heterogeneous... Read more

26th Aug 2015

2015 South Africa Special Report

South Africa - with its diverse terroirs, old vines and pure winemaking talent - is one of the most dynamic and exciting winemaking countries in the New World. Meet the newcomers, the classics and the stars of the future in Tim Atkin's 150 page special report. Learn about Tim's latest discoveries and who made The Podium for best overall red, white, sweet and sparkling wines of the... Read more

26th Aug 2015

Cape Classification - South Africa 2015

This is my third 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, with six different bands (first, second, third, fourth and fifth growths and a group of crus bourgeois), although quality rather than price is the only criterion I use. This year, I have... Read more

11th May 2015

2014 Bordeaux Special Report

The 2014 Bordeaux vintage is the best since 2010, but it is far from the harvest of the decade, let alone the century. The best wines are excellent (and that includes dry whites and sweets as well as reds), but there are plenty of lows among the highs, depending on picking dates, vineyard sources and winemaking decisions. To choose between the hundreds of wines that are being offered en... Read more

7th Apr 2015

Bordeaux 2014 Complete scores A-Z

2014 is the best vintage in Bordeaux since 2010, although it is not homogenously good by any means. I tasted nearly 400 samples in the region last week and these are my provisional scores, which will be followed by a fuller report once I have a greater idea of the prices at which the wines will be offered.It goes without saying that these scores are based on young, unfinished samples... Read more

24th Mar 2015

2015 Argentina Special Report

This is my third report on Argentina’s vibrant wine industry and it's the longest and most comprehensive overview of the country I've published to date, running to more than 90 pages.I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind and this report is no exception. It’s an informed, in-depth overview based on more than 20 years of visits to Argentina, including a two-week trip at the end of... Read more

27th Jan 2015

2013 Burgundy Special Report

2013 was the latest in a series of tricky vintages for Burgundy, following in the steps of 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. It was late, wet, cold and plagued with vineyard diseases. If that makes it sound like a disaster, it shouldn't do, because against considerable odds, the Burgundians have made some good to very good wines and a handful of excellent ones thanks to careful selection in the... Read more

7th Dec 2014

2013 Rhône Special Report

The 2013 vintage was tricky for much of France, but once again the Rhône got lucky. This time round the Northern Rhône has the edge over the Southern Rhône, and has produced some very good reds and excellent whites. The story in the South is more mixed, but despite difficult growing conditions some estates made impressive wines. Volumes however are significantly lower than the... Read more

21st Jul 2014

2014 Oregon Special Report

Oregon may be only the fourth largest wine-producing state in the US, behind California, Washington and New York, but size isn’t everything. This bucolic, laid-back region makes some of the best, age-worthy Pinot Noir and Riesling in the New World, as well as promising Chardonnay and aromatic whites.Another remarkable thing about Oregon is that its modern winemaking industry is only... Read more

4th Jul 2014

2014 Classification of South Africa's Best Producers

Last year I published my first-ever classification of the Cape's best producers, which stimulated considerable debate in South Africa. This was very loosely based on the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, with six different bands (first, second, third, fourth and fifth growths and crus bourgeois), although quality rather than price was the only criterion I used. This year, I have... Read more



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