Stephen Skelton MW

Stephen Skelton MW

Date an MW: 2003
Based in: UK

Member profile

  • Website
  • Email address

  • Mobile phone

    +44 (0) 7768 583 700

  • Work Email address

  • Address

    1B 1 Lettice Street

  • City


  • Postcode/ZIP

    SW6 4EH

  • Country


  • Non-wine hobbies

    Cooking, skiing, reading, book collecting, gardening, cinema, theatre, art galleries, eating out, traveling, seeing my children and grandchildren.


Stephen Skelton started his career in wine in 1975. After 12 months at Schloss Schönborn in Germany's Rheingau winegrowing region and two terms at Geisenheim Wine School, he returned to the UK in 1977 to establish Tenterden Vineyards in Kent (now the home of the UK's largest wine producer, English Wines Group) where he made wine for 22 vintages. He was also winemaker at Lamberhurst Vineyards, then the UK's largest wine producer, between 1988 and 1991.

Stephen is a consultant to the English & Welsh wine industry, and is involved with planting vineyards, particularly for the production of sparkling wine. Since 1986 he has written and lectured widely on English wine and has published four guides to UK vineyards, plus the handbook for students "Viticulture". In 2001, he won the Andre Simon Award for "Wine Book of the Year".

He became a Master of Wine in 2003, and won the prestigious Robert Mondavi Winery Award for the highest marks in the Theory portion of the exam. In 2005 he was awarded the Noval Award for Communication.

Stephen was a member of the MW Education Committee from 2003-09 and was for 6 years the course wine coordinator, responsible for selecting wines for the worldwide and London courses. He was elected to the Council of the IMW in 2009.