John’s book, Hunter Wine: A History, co-authored with colleague Dr Julie McIntyre has been named best wine book of 2018 at the Wine Communicators of Australia Awards. Dr McIntyre accepted the award on behalf of the duo and is pictured receiving the award with award category sponsor Liam Turnbull of Calabria Wines.

Recognised for its outstanding contribution to and excellence in wine communication, Hunter Wine: A History, provides fascinating insights into the changing historical conditions and many personalities that have shaped the Hunter Valley region, and Australia’s wine drinking culture, over the past two centuries.

The book is the result of a four-year research project funded by the Australian Research Council. Tracing six generations of wine producers, from when the first vines were planted in 1828 to the changing tastes and rising interest in wine of the 1980s, the book uncovers new truths about the Hunter’s wine community and its connections to the global economy.

The annual awards are presented by the Wine Communicators of Australia, a national organisation connecting business professionals working in the wine industry.