Decanter Man of the Year 2018: Eduardo Chadwick
Since Decanter magazine launched its Man of the Year accolade in 1984, there have been 36 recipients.
Nine from Bordeaux, five from the UK, three apiece from California and Australia.
And now, it has its first name from Chile: Eduardo Chadwick.
It’s a big moment, not just for this indefatigable champion of premium Chilean wines, whose brands include Errázuriz, Seña, Viñedo Chadwick, Caliterra and Arboleda.
It’s also a great endorsement for Chilean wine in general. One of the key criteria to qualify as a Man of the Year, according to Decanter content director John Stimpfig, is that the person in question (women have won in previous years too), ‘must have made a major and lasting contribution to wine, both in their own field or region and beyond.’
This award is yet more recognition that Chile very much deserves its place at the top table of global fine wine.
As Chadwick himself comments, ‘More than for us, this award is for Chile. It’s recognition that Chile has entered the realms of fine wine. Previous recipients – Mondavi, Antinori, Torres – have helped prove their countries are part of this world-class family of wine terroirs. That’s what I have been trying to do.’
The profile also appears online on Decanter’s website. Below is the PDF. Comments are also featured from Steven Spurrier, Anthony Rose, Miguel A Torres, Robert Joseph, Tim Mondavi, Gerrard Basset and Jeannie Cho Lee.
[Peter Richards MW’s profile of Eduardo Chadwick, Decanter Man of the Year 2018, appears in Decanter magazine April 2018 edition]