Outstanding Alumni Award

About the award

Presented in partnership with JancisRobinson.com, the Outstanding Alumni Award is an annual accolade that recognises a WSET Diploma graduate who is notably contributing to the industry. Its aim is to celebrate and nurture talent in the industry.

Nominees are chosen by the WSET International Alumni Advisory Board and Jancis Robinson OBE MW herself. WSET Diploma graduates from across the world are then invited to vote for who they think should win this industry honour.

2016 marked the first year that this award was bestowed.

2016 Winner

Isabelle Legeron

France and UK

Isabelle is an advocate of natural wine and founder of RAW wine, the UK’s largest artisan wine fair, which has expanded to include annual events in Berlin and New York. She consulted for restaurants in London including the 2-Michelin starred Hibiscus in Mayfair, Borough Market local, Elliot’s, and The Richmond in Hackney.

She has hosted her own TV shows including “That Crazy French Woman” and “Journey into Wine”, four seasons of which were broadcast to 120 countries in 20 different languages. Her work in wine has also seen her founding the wine school at Divertimenti in Marylebone, helping to curate the drinks offerings at eco-luxury resorts including Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and Kittitian Hill in St Kitts and founding Bacchanalia, a private members wine club for a select group of professionals in the City. She completed her WSET Diploma in 2003 and went on to become a Master of Wine. In December 2012, Drinks Business named Isabelle as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Wine”.