About Hugo Read

Hugo Read is a wine writer and educator.  He’s also the owner of the Italian wine specialist supplier, Viavino.  He grew up in a wine family and his whole life has been steeped in wine.  In 2003 he spend six months touring Italy in his Fiat Punto (without air-con), visiting over 100 producers as well as learning the language.  Subsequently he has taken the WSET diploma, graduating with merit and being shortlisted for a scholarship.  In a previous life he used to write a wine column for a civil service publication.

He is now a judge at the IWSC (International Wines and Spirits Competition) and a member of the AWE (Association of Wine Educators).

He is a regular visitor and private buyer in France and Italy. His main specialities are Burgundy, Alsace, Germany and Italy.

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