Chris Boiling #155

Great Britain
Chris Boiling is a wine writer and winemaker. He works for William Reed, the company behind World's Best Vineyards, World's Best Sommeliers Selection, International Wine Challenge, and the fortnightly newsletter Canopy. He makes niche wines around the world from lesser-known grape varieties and also at his own tiny vineyard in Slovenia.Nominations 2023-2024/Wine & Food Influencer/Expert Opinion/
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Wine Adventures: Chris Boiling's Journey from Journalism to Winemaking

Chris Boiling is a wine writer and winemaker. He works for William Reed, the company behind World’s Best Vineyards, World’s Best Sommeliers Selection, International Wine Challenge, and the fortnightly newsletter Canopy.
He makes niche wines around the world from lesser-known grape varieties and also at his own tiny vineyard in Slovenia. It was the purchase of this vineyard in 2009 that propelled him into the world of wine: learning about it by taking a degree in wine production at Plumpton College in England and writing about his early disasters for Jancis Robinson.
Before entering the wonderful world of wine, Chris was a journalist for various business and consumer magazines and also wrote scripts for BBC medical dramas. He has a degree in international politics and a master’s degree in scriptwriting.

Chris Boiling's Multinational Winemaking Adventure

Chris Boiling embarked on a remarkable winemaking venture during #harvest2022, crafting six wines across four countries. Highlights include an Austrian amber blend, a co-fermented Slovenian white, a red from northeast Slovenia, and a unique Hungarian sparkling wine. Another Hungarian project involves a distinctive Kadarka, blending two winemaking techniques. The journey concluded in Georgia, where Chris is producing a modern amber wine in a traditional qvevri.

Chris's Odyssey in Central and Eastern European Wines

Chris is an award-winning journalist who moved into wine and travel writing after buying a rundown winehouse and vineyard in Slovenia. He uses this as a base to explore Central and Eastern Europe and to make small quantities of wine from the region’s indigenous grape varieties.

He writes about his misadventures in the wine trade for wine websites and leads tours for adventurous wine lovers. These give travellers the opportunity to learn more about wine in general, the wines of Central Europe in particular and also to learn a new skill, such as yoga or kayaking.