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Sue Tolson

Wine Ambassador & Writer
Sue Tolson is a long-time Budapest resident. A keen follower of the Hungarian wine scene, she is wine writer, judge, editor, and translator. Her degree in French and Italian imbued her with wanderlust and itchy feet sent her off to live in Hungary, Poland, Italy and Germany, and then brought her back to Budapest. Friday afternoon wine classes at Bordeaux University are perhaps responsible for her transformation into a wine lover.  She holds the WSET diploma and is a Wein Akademiker, Vinitaly Italian Wine Expert and committee member for the Circle of Wine Writers. She judges at Hungarian and international wine competitions, including International Wine Challenge and Berliner Wine Trophy as well as being Panel Chair at Vinitaly’s 5StarWines. While not writing for winesofa.eu, where she is Managing Editor, translating or editing articles and books, or holding tastings at the Tasting Table, she can often be found nosing around vineyards and wine cellars or swimming at Széchenyi or Lukács thermal baths.


  • Drinks Business Award 2020 - Shortlist

  • Traveller's Choice 2020

  • Wine Writing Award 2020

  • Wine Writing Award 2019

  • Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame

  • Best Wine Tour Operator Winner in 2017 & 2018

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    Certificate of Excellence Winner (2011-2019)

  • Best Contribution to Wine & Spirits Tourism

  • Global Food Tourism Association (Member)

  • Fortified Travel (Co-Founder)