Michael Fridjhon

Journalist, South Africa

With over forty year’s experience in all sectors of the wine industry, Michael Fridjhon is South Africa’s most highly regarded international wine judge, the country’s most widely consulted liquor industry authority, and one of South Africa’s leading wine writers. Formerly special advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, he is Visiting Professor of Wine Business at the University of Cape Town.

He is the Wine Wizard of the Wine Wizard website, the author, co-author or contributor to over 40 books, including the Penguin Book of South African Wine, the Oxford Companion to Wine and the Global Wine Encyclopaedia. He writes a weekly column for Business Day and was the recipient of the Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the year in 2012.

He is married to Janice and they have two sons.