Big business and a lack of consumer knowledge are the latest challenges facing the wine industry, says Decanter columnist Michael Broadbent.

On the anniversary of his 400th column in the magazine, the former head of Christie’s wine department told ‘My feeling is that consumers have never had so much choice but they have never been so confused.

‘The whole world is making a good standard of wine today and they need some guidance,’ he said.

Broadbent has been writing about wine for more than 50 years and has seen many changes in that time. However, he lamented the demise of the smaller players. ‘Big business seems to be taking over and I don’t like the way things are going,’ he added.

His 400th column in September’s issue of Decanter takes a look back at his wine-filled career.

Written by Rebecca Gibb