Date an MW: 1994
Based in: Belgium
Fiona was educated in Britain but has spent much of her 30 years in the wine business working in the USA and France; first for wine importers Paterno Imports and then for Seagram Château & Estates. From 1992 until 1997 she worked for the CIVB in Bordeaux developing their International Relations. Since her marriage in 1997 to Jacques Thienpont, she divides her time between Belgium and Bordeaux, helping to make the wine and manage their three estates, Le Pin (Pomerol), L'IF (Saint Emilion) and Chateau Goubau (Côtes de Castillon). She is managing director of the family's international wine negociant business and, when she has spare time, travels all over the world tasting and writing about wine. Winner of the James Beard Award and the Prix Lanson for her writing, she has written two books about wine. She was recently elected a member of the International Academy of Wine and is busy working on the 2018 MW Symposium in Logrono for the Institute.