Richard Mayson

Richard Mayson, Regional chair for Port and Maderia

Richard Mayson is one of the most respected authorities on fortified wines and the wines of Iberia. He divides his time between the UK and Portugal, writing, lecturing and producing wine. He owns a vineyard, Quinta do Centro in the Alto Alentejo. Richard contributes articles to a range of magazines, including Decanter, and has five books on wine to his name, among them The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal (winner of the 2003 André Simon Award) and Port and the Douro, both published by Mitchell Beazley. He is an associate editor of Oz Clarke's Wine Atlas and writes the entries on Portugal for The Oxford Companion to Wine edited by Jancis Robinson. Richard lectures for the WSET and Leith's School of Food and Wine in London. Richard is currently preparing a book on the wines of Madeira for Portuguese publisher, Chaves Ferreira. He speaks fluent Portuguese and in 1999 was made a Cavaleiro of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto in recognition of his services to the Port wine trade. ‘I am proud to have been regional chairman for Portugal, Port and Madeira in the Decanter World Wine Awards since the competition started in 2004. Having judged all over the world, I feel that Decanter sets the highest standards, respecting tradition and rewarding excellence.’

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