Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Thursday, 13 September 2012

IWC Awards: Richard Smart (Lifetime Achievement) + Pierre Vincent (Len Evans Trophy)

Richard Smart@the IWC dinner 11th September

The final and most prestigious IWC award announced at the Awards Dinner was given to Dr Richard Smart for his Liefetime Achievement as a viticulturalist.  

'In front of 800 guests at the International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner in London last night, Dr Richard Smart was granted the IWC Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to viticulture.

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.'

Dr Richard Smart, being a “flying vine-doctor” is always on the move…but
He is now mostly in the UK, at home office 31 North Corner, Newlyn, near Penzance TR185JG, Cornwall, UK.
Telephone is home +44 1736 448 512, mobile +44 7412 109 092
Email is, web site

Pierre Vincent and Sylvie Poillot

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.

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