Robin Bradley was born
in Melbourne, Australia, to a musical family on St. Valentine's
Day in 1937.
His earliest experiences with wine were
at the family's Sunday roasts, where all the children were
given a glass of wine and water, the proportions of the
former increasing and the latter decreasing as the children
After matriculating at the
age of 15, he found that Melbourne University would not
accept him until he turned 17, so he studied to be a concert
Lack of talent, he says,
intervened, and, after a succession of jobs which included
delivering groceries and teaching piano, he joined the A.B.C.
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Writing Talks and
Programming in 1957.
During this time he was
accepted as a member of Les Amis du Bon Vin, a
small but intensely dedicated wine-tasting group, a chapter
of which he later started in 1966 during his four years
Returning to Australia,
he started a wholesale wine business specializing in small
vineyard wines in 1972.
Out of this increasing preoccupation
with wine grew the idea of a huge international wine exhibition,
and in 1976 Expovin was born. He co-organized
eleven of these exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, a task
that necessitated many visits to winemaking areas in France,
Germany and the United States.
By this time he had written
many magazine and newspaper articles on wine as well as
appearing on TV and radio programs, so a book was inevitable.
The first book appeared
in 1977-"Three Days of Wine"-edited transcripts
of the 1976 Expovin seminar, to be followed a year later
by "The Australian Wine Pocket Book," which sold
The idea of the unique "Australian
Wine Vintages" series of books came to him when he
sought a format wherein there was less opinion and more
The wine-drinking public's
remarkable acceptance of the concept appears to have vindicated
his belief in the superiority of data over verbiage.
There are now 23 editions
of the “Australian Wine Vintages” books with
total sales now well over 900,000. Other books include two
editions of "Small Wineries of Australia."
and marketing of the Gold
Book™, as it has become known, now
take up most of his time, apart from that which he devotes
to his hobbies of playing piano, composing music for his
daughter Louisa and painting.
He is looking forward to
producing the 25th edition in the year 2007, after which
he intends to drink some of the product on which the book
year's good drinking for the price of a single bottle™"