Caroline Gilby MW

Caroline Gilby MW

Caroline Gilby MW is a freelance writer and consultant, specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. Among others, she currently contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, The Oxford Companion to Wine, and the World Atlas of Wine, and has previously written for Dorling Kindersley’s Wines of the World, The Wine Opus, and Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report. Prior to her career as a writer, Gilby spent seven years as a senior wine buyer at Augustus Barnet off-licences, where she became the first major buyer to import Hungarian wines to the UK. She initially studied plant biology, in which she holds a doctorate, but abandoned life behind the microscope for a career in wine soon after winning the Decanter-Macallan Malt Whisky Taster of the Year Award while still a student. Gilby passed her MW in 1992 and has been visiting and tasting the wines of Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania for over 20 years.

Disznókő, Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2006

A great vintage for Tokaji with a wonderful Indian summer resulting in a perfect Aszú crop. Just lovely on the nose, showing apricot, cinnamon and exotic fruit with just a…

Disznókő, Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 1997

A cool and late vintage with very little Aszú, but what appeared late on in the season was very high quality. This limpid, orange-toned wine is ageing beautifully with ethereal…

Georgian Qvevri

Georgia's traditional winemaking method of fermenting grapes in earthenware, egg-shaped vessels has been added to the world heritage list of the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural organisation (UNESCO).


Nine new Masters of Wine have been announced today, including three Decanter World Wine Awards judges and one DWWA regional chair.

Hungarian reds

There’s more than Tokaji and cheap white in Hungary – the warm, southern region of Villány is leading the way with reds, says Caroline Gilby MW

Rolland now in Bulgaria

Globe-trotting oenologist Michel Rolland has added another country to his portfolio of consultancies – Bulgaria.