db Awards winners revealed22nd May, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt
Lifetime Achievement Award - Michael Cox
Michael Cox is an extremely well known and admired figure in the UK trade. With a career in wine spanning over 40 years, he has worked at his family company, Matthew Clark, which was founded by his great, great, great grandfather, as well as Negociants UK, which he set up with great success in 1990, and following that, Wines of Chile UK, where he has been for exactly 10 years – having taken up the position of European director at the organisation in May 2003.
In late 2012, alongside his role at Wines of Chile, he became Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners, and has overseen the celebrations at the ancient organisation in this, its 650th year. Prior to this high-profile position, he was a Trustee for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust for over five years.
Such has been his impact at building the sales and reputation of Chilean wines in Europe as part of his current job, many other wine producing countries have been known to say – “What we need is a Michael Cox”.
A member of the wine trade with immense dedication, always a warm smile, a firm handshake and helpful comments to make – as well as hips to shake – Michael has made a remarkable contribution to the trade during the course of an impressive career. Furthermore, importantly, during that time he has made many close friends in the drinks industry.
Below are just a few of the comments from people who have worked closely with Michael.
Claudio Cilveti, managing director, Wines of Chile
I say from bottom of my heart that Michael Cox is the lynchpin of Wines of Chile – his charm, candidness, and honesty is invaluable. Chile is so lucky to have his commitment, and someone that would devote their life in such a deep way. We at Wines of Chile do not have the words to thank him for his involvement in all that he has done, I´m very proud to talk about such a top class guy. Thank you so much for your energy, time and support over the last 10 years.
Ricardo Letelier, former managing director, Wines of Chile
There are so many things I could say about Michael, so many stories I could tell…like the day we met but anyway, we met about 10 years ago and we worked very closely for about five years.
During this time I learned to respect him professionally and I can say that his leadership has had a strong influence on how the Chilean wine industry looks today: more diverse, more premium, more exciting. But also over the time I made a friend, someone that is always there when you need him, always positive, even in the hardest times. Michael congratulations for a much-deserved recognition.
Eduardo Chadwick, president of Viña Errazuriz
During these past ten years Michael has most successfully run Wines of Chile UK with great enthusiasm and a unique leadership. His friendly character and unwavering energy, together with his deep understanding of our countries’ wines and culture have made him our best ambassador worldwide.
Michael is a great people’s man, loved, admired and trusted by everyone, it is a real pleasure and honour for our Chilean wine industry to have him leading the education and promotion of our wines and we are most thankful for the excellent image and world class positioning he has helped us build within the UK trade and consumers. I salute Michael on his great achievements and as a dearest personal friend.