Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper is New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine writer, with 40 books and several major literary awards to his credit, including the Montana Medal for the supreme work of non-fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards for his magnum opus, Wine Atlas of New Zealand. In the 2004 New Year Honours, Michael was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to wine writing.

Michael Cooper is the author of the country’s biggest-selling wine book, the annual Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines. In 2009 Michael was awarded the Sir George Fistonich Medal in recognition of services to New Zealand wine. The award is made each year at the country’s largest wine competition, the New Zealand International Wine Show, to a ‘living legend’ of New Zealand wine. The weekly wine columnist for the New Zealand Listener, Michael is also New Zealand editor of Australia’s Winestate magazine and chairman of its New Zealand tasting panel.

Michael has his own website, here, in association with Upstart Press, where wine lovers can take out an annual subscription for members to search and view his thousands of wine tasting notes, New Zealand wine reviews and much. There is also in-depth information on wine regions of NZ, key grape varieties, wine news and vintage reports.