Congratulations to Hugh Jones, 2013 Young Wine Writer of the Year!

Yvonne May (Director of Wine Australia UK), Steven Spurrier (President of the Circle of Wine Writers) & Hugh Jones

Yvonne May (Director of Wine Australia UK), Steven Spurrier (President of the Circle of Wine Writers) & Hugh Jones

The Circle of Wine Writers is proud to announce the Young Wine Writer of the Year 2013 Award winner as Hugh Jones of London. Mr Jones won the award with his entry Singing for Sori Tildin: a tale from underground’, beating 48 other entrants and received his Award from Steven Spurrier, President of the Circle of Wine Writers, and Yvonne May of Wine Australia.

The Award, now in its 13th year, is sponsored by Pavilion Books (Oz Clarke’s publishers) and the Circle of Wine Writers, together with Wine Australia. After much deliberation the judges short-listed the following entrants (in alphabetical order): Jennifer Ah-Kin, Amanda Barnes, Emma Cullen, Hugh Jones, Martin Klimmek, Sophia Luckett, Michael O’Connell, Jenny Smith and Janet Wang.

The runners-up were: Jennifer Ah-Kin and Michael O’Connell who each received wine presented by Yvonne May of Wine Australia.

Michael O'Connel, Jennifer Ah-Kin, Steven Spurrier & Yvonne May

Michael O’Connel, Jennifer Ah-Kin, Steven Spurrier & Yvonne May

Fiona Holman, Editorial Director of Pavilion Books, said: ‘Now in its 13th year, this award aims to encourage new writing talent within the world of wine and to provide a real opportunity for some inspiring travel to the vineyards and wineries of Australia. We are looking for wine writing potential rather than extensive knowledge or experience. We had a record number of quality entries this year and I am sorry we could not give out more awards. I urge all this year’s entrants still eligible to enter again next year.’

Yvonne May, Director Wine Australia UK-Ireland-Europe, said: ‘It’s important to encourage the next generation of wine writers.  With the rise of amateur enthusiasts in the evolving online space we know that to stand out you have to be exceptional, and these writers certainly deliver.  Our congratulations to Hugh. We’ll enjoy reading his thoughts on Australia’s wine regions and the people who make the wine great. Australia as a land mass is not dissimilar to the whole of continental Europe and we have a breadth and depth of wines to match. There will be much for Hugh to enjoy exploring.’

Oz Clarke & shortlisted applicants

Oz Clarke & shortlisted applicants

This year’s winner, Hugh Jones, works at Pernod Ricard, the French wine and spirits giant. Hugh entered the wine trade after finishing his degree in Sociology at the University of York and was one of the runners-up of the 2011 Young Wine Writer Award.

The prizes for the 2013 winner include a £1000 cheque presented by Pavilion Books, a two-week trip of a lifetime to the wine regions of Australia, courtesy of Wine Australia and a year’s subscription to the Circle of Wine Writers.