In his citation for the award, Charles Metcalfe said “..he has four degrees including a PhD and a Doctor of Agricultural Science, but he is very far from an ivory-tower academic… he is a practical man at heart, happiest out in a vineyard. In fact, it could well be our winner who coined the phrase, ‘wine is made in the vineyard’ before it was the ubiquitous maxim it is today. Some refer to him as ‘The Flying Vine Doctor’.
He is still working as a viticultural consultant, and is always ready with a controversial opinion (the nonsense of biodynamic viticulture, for instance). And for what he has achieved in a lifetime’s work among vines, and the improvements in viticulture he has championed, we are proud to name him the 2012 winner of the IWC Lifetime Achievement Award.”
In accepting the award, Dr Smart said he was grateful for the recognition of the role of viticulture, and viticulturists, in wine production.'
Pierre Vincent (Domaine de la Vougeraie) was the winner of the Len Evans Trophy and IWC Champion Red Wine with the 2010 Charmes Chambertin Les Mazoyères.