Wine writer Tom Cannavanis owner and editor of, and organises fabulous Festivals of Wine across the UK.

Tom was a true pioneer of wine on the Internet when he launched in 1995. Among his awards are the trophy as Louis Roederer International Online Wine Writer of the Year, and the Portuguese wine industry’s award as Wine Journalist of the Year. Tom is also a popular and accomplished broadcaster on TV and radio, with his weekly wine slot on Scottish TV and frequent appearances on BBC Radio Scotland (see below).

Having graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Tom had a brief spell as a professional musician, before settling down to life as a teacher and then University lecturer. But his passion for wine burned brightly throughout and he began writing for magazines and newspapers in the early 1990s. By 2002 he had made the switch to full-time wine writer, broadcaster and wine judge.

Having created a popular annual consumer wine festival in his native Glasgow in 2002, in 2017 Tom expanded this unique and hugely successful formula to Festivals in London and Edinburgh too, featuring the cream of the world’s winemakers and UK’s wine merchants. The events attract consumers who are serious about wine, but adventurous and not at all stuffy. See

Wine-pages and the Festivals of Wine remain Tom’s passion, but he has carved a reputation in print too: his writing credits including Decanter and World of Fine Wine, The Sunday Times, Financial Times and The Independent. Tom has written or contributed to 10 wine books, including The Wine Report, the Which? Wine Guide and the Good Web Guide to Wine.

An experienced international wine judge, Tom has judged some of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions on four continents, judging in Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Italy, France, Germany and the UK. He is a Chairman of the Georgian National Wine Competition and has been Panel Chairman at competitions including The International Wine Challenge in London and Radici Competition in Italy.

Acclaimed for his knowledge and effortless delivery style, Tom is regularly called upon to present masterclasses to the wine trade across the UK, and as a public speaker he hosts fun wine tastings for corporate and private clients.

Tom on TV and radio

With 100 live broadcasts for Scottish Television’s magazine show, The Hour, under his belt, Tom is an experienced and skilled broadcaster. He is also resident wine expert on BBC Radio Scotland.

As Scotland’s most recognisible wine expert Tom’s expertise is widely acknowledged, as is his passion and enthusiasm, whether presenting the world’s finest wines to highly informed audiences, or in his TV and radio work. Broadcasting from the studio, tasting wines with celebrity guests or filing reports from the field, Tom always enjoys this chance to be a little less serious about wine. Watch the video taster and see Tom on TV.

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