Czas Wina, Poland’s largest wine magazine, has named Napa Valley vintner Warren Winiarski as the 2017 Person of the Year.
Winiarski was honored at a gala event on Oct. 21 at Sierakow Manor in Krakow, Poland.
Czas Wina has chosen an international wine luminary as its Person of the Year since 2010. Past recipients include Jancis Robinson, António Rios de Amorim, Victor Schoenfeld, Hugh Johnson, Michel Rolland, Patricia Atkinson, Jair Agopian and Agusti Torelló Mata. This distinction recognizes the efforts of enologists, wine writers, winery owners and key industry leaders who are committed to promoting the culture of wine internationally.
Winiarski, who made the red wine that won the Judgment of Paris in 1976, was honored for his legacy in Napa Valley and changing the image of California wines worldwide.
The award is of personal significance to Winiarski, whose parents emigrated from Poland in the 1890s and who was born and raised in the Polish neighborhoods of Chicago. On his visit to Poland to receive the award, Winiarski delivered a lecture on the California wine and grape industry at Jagiellonian University and conducted a tasting of California wines with Michał Bardel, editor-in-chief of Czas Wina magazine.
Poland has a rapidly developing wine culture, and sales of still wine have increased almost 60 percent in the past 10 years. Poland has 150 registered commercial vineyards with about 495 acres of planted vines.
Czas Wina debuted in 2001 and is part of the Dom Wina Group, which includes Dom Wina, one of the major Polish wine importers and distributors.